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Starting my planning for the walk...

Hi - I want to spend 3-5 days walking the wall and staying in local towns/villages along the way - any suggestions where the best start and end points are and ensuring I see the best bits.

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1. Re: Starting my planning for the walk...

Did you do some research? The GW is not an area where you can just "walk".

Only some parts are restored around Beijing. Other parts you will find that it is hard to walk, or you cannot walk at all. See flickr.com/photos/… for some pics of the Jian Kou GW.

Also some parts are not accessible because it is military area.

So if you want to do this, it is more then just dropping a post here.

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I guess it is better to direct this question to a specialized forum (http://www.greatwallforum.com/).

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You cannot do this as it is not a continuous structure any more.

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4. Re: Starting my planning for the walk...

Thanks everyone for your quick replies - I am just starting to research this today so already you've pointed me in the right direction. As always TA gives great advice.

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5. Re: Starting my planning for the walk...

There are some route parts you can look at:

Jian Kou to Mutianyu

GW in bad condition and dangerous at some parts. Formally Jian Kou is closed to the public. But nobody cares about that.

Mutianyu to Gubeikou

Bad condition, less dangerous then Jian Kou

Gubeikou to Jingshanling

Nice part, but at some point you need a detour because it is a military area. The detour is not marked.

Jingshanling to Simatai

Nice part.

At Simatai you can go somewhat more to the east, but that is a closed area and dangerous section. But some people do it.

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What would you recommend for a 3 or 4 day walk? I want to experience a part of it and somewhere that is obviously safe to walk and lovely. I'm experienced walker so no issue there - but time restricts me as I am travelling to other parts of China.

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7. Re: Starting my planning for the walk...

I would suggest the folowing.

Go one day to Mutianyu and walk around there. At the end of the day find transport to Gubeikou.

The next day you can go a bit to the west side of the city and the east side. If you are adventurous you can walk east to Jingshanling, but you might get lost in the detour.

Either stay in Gubeikou and travel to Jingshanling next day in the morning or go there in the evening. Then you can do the Jingshanling - Simatai walk.

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8. Re: Starting my planning for the walk...

This is great - and if i get the chance to extend the trip to 5 days - what else would you say we should cover?

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day 1. Get start from Gubeikou, walk about 4 hours and move round the military area, finish at Jinshanling. have a sleep in farmer's house or hotel.

day 2. Hike from Jinshanling to Simatai. Then drive to Jiankou have a sleep.

day 3. Hike on JianKou part. after one day, overnight at farmer's house.

day 4. Walk to Mutianyu part from another section of Jiankou. Then back to Beijing.

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10. Re: Starting my planning for the walk...

Does this work as an itin.

1. Mutianyu to Gubeikou

2. Gubeikou to Jingshanling

3. Jinshanling to Simatai

Any concerns with this route?

And recommendations around staying either in a watch tower, village or hotel?

Also thought of seeing Badaling just for the difference with the tourists being there - is it worth doing?