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Q: Any good remote areas of the Great wall for a hike?

I reckon there's only a couple more weeks before it gets unbearably cold, so I want to do a hike in these next couple of days... any suggestions for good hiking places? I don't want to go to a touristy part and I don't mind a long hike of around 6-8 hours.

 

Thanks!

 

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In Mutianyu when you get to one of the ends you can follow the old wall into the mountain. There is a weather station after 30 minutes walk from the "do not pass" sign so you can follow a path, after that the wall is barely visible and covered in bushes, you can try to keep going and walk as long as you survive. 

That is all I know, but I'm not a great wall explorer, maybe somebody else can give you a better suggestion. 

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Yes, 

 

There is a very remote and very authentic part of the great wall in Shanxi in a place called Tianzhen. Me and bunch of other foreigners went and hiked up the wall and then camped by the side. 

 

Nobody around at all... but you have to go to DaTong and then take a train to Tianzhen. Was very beautiful and an awesome experience. 

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Yes!

 

The Jiankou section (a couple of hours from Beijing) is remote, beautiful, mountainous and largely unrestored. You will rarely see other humans there. I'd advise getting there the night before, and staying in a little village called Xizhazi. There are always plenty of rooms there, and it's a 45 minute climb to the Great Wall.

 

You can spend a whole day exploring the Jiankou section of the wall, or you can hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu. This is one of the nicest walks I've done in China. The Mutianyu section is restored, though still fairly nice, and there's a toboggan (awesome) at the end. If you get that far, notice the difference between Western people (wheeeeee!) and Chinese people (clutching the break lever, moving forward inch by inch). Quite funny to witness.

 

I did this walk last summer. It was fairly demanding, and took about 8 hours. Most of the routes suggested online skip most of the Jiankou section (you can start near either end), which would make the walk a lot easier, but a bit pointless, as the rugged parts of Jiankou are the best. Now would be the ideal season for it. I talked to an old Chinese guy selling water way up in the mountains, and he said someone had dropped dead (of heat stroke or something) the week before.

 

The walk is quite demanding (if you include the whole Jiankou section), and there are a few good climbs (hands and feet), so you need to be reasonably fit. Wear sensible clothes, and take a lot of water and snacks. If you can't speak Chinese, I'd advise taking someone who can, as it's easy to go in the wrong direction in a few places.

 

Here's a map: http://www.greatwallhiking.com/uploads/1/1/9/2/11924645/3254430_orig.jpg

 

I started near the Beijing Knot or Sky Stair, though most of the guides online seem to start near Zhengbeilou Tower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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