Unspoiled and far from the maddening crowds, this wild section of China's greatest architectural feat curves in delightfully ... More
Huanghuacheng Lakeside Great Wall Reserve
Unspoiled and far from the maddening crowds, this wild section of China's greatest architectural feat curves in delightfully dilapidated fashion across a range of hills and valleys. A small restaurant serves Grilled Rainbow Trout fresh from the lake, and you can dine under the shadow of the Wall. Warning: this path is steep and in dire need of repair. Take good walking shoes, and do not climb if you doubt your ability or fitness. From Huai Rou City, negotiate with a mini-van driver to take you to the Wall.
Reviews for Huanghuacheng Lakeside Great Wall Reserve : 2
Avoid Ba Du Lang(?)
By A Yahoo Contributor, 5/17/11
There are many spots that tourists go to along the wall. The most popular is Ba Du Long (sp?). Avoid it if you can. Most tours go there and the hawkers are the worst in northern China (that's saying a lot!). Hire a cab or private guide and go to another access point. If you must go to Ba Du Lang, get on the Wall quickly and walk away from the crowds. The steps are sometimes huge, but climb eastward. Few tourists go more than 50 feet on the Wall and when you get further, the views become better and you can contemplate things.Much of the Wall has very makeshift repairs that are obvious and do distract from the original, but you see back restoration in many places, including the Forbidden City.
Coming to China is a great experience no matter what you're looking for. I've been living in China and have traveled a lot- and you can expect to see the 'foreign' side of China while still getting some comforts of home. Whether you're 18 or 70 there is really something for everyone here. The Great Wall is a wonderful experience but can be a lot of work- if you have any medical conditions stick to the the wall located around Beijing. But there is also the Summer Palace, Forbidden City, or even just romantic beaches in the South. China's got a great nightlife and a rich culture to explore- and don't forget to at least try some of the local dishes. It really is an experience that you'll never forget.
Travel tips for China
The Great Wall, along with all of Chinese travel, is a bit more involved then most travel. Don't expect to wander much outside of Beijing (or a first tier city) without the help of a local guide- because even an outside guide isn't a very good option. When you go to see the Great Wall (anywhere) you'll be hiking for a bit so wear comfortable shoes and depending on the season- light layers. It does get pretty hot and there are no 'rest' areas on the wall- so bring water and some snacks. Watch your belongings (especially purses and cameras- leave extra cash in the hotel safe) because you'll be an easy target- injuring a foreigner is quite serious so they'll be looking at loose stuff.
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