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Great Wall Hiking FAQ

Warmly welcome to hike the Great Wall with us! We are very glad to provide you with some practical information for you to get some general ideas of Great Wall hiking before you come to visit China. The following are some basic information for your hiking, we hope it would be useful and you will enjoy your stay in China. If the information what you need is not covered below, please feel free to contact us: contact@visitourchina.com, phone at +86-773-5833156, or fax at +86-773-5831392

Do I need to walk slowly to keep my strength? I'm a green-hand on hiking, please give me some suggestions.

You will take some vehicle from downtown Beijing to get to the Great Wall, so when you get off the vehicle and start hiking, please walk comparatively slowly at first to adjust to it. After adapting to hiking, you can walk normally and pay attention to keep your walking pace. But when you go downhill, don't feel relaxed and walk quickly since it seems easier than go up a slope, and remember to tie your shoe laces tight to avoid toes hitting the shoe-tops and getting hurt. While you are hiking, try not to talk too much so as to save your energy.

How to overcome fatigue during hiking?

After hiking for some time, you will feel very tired and inclined to give up, in fact you are at the critical point of your physical strength, just insist on and pass the point then your body adapts to large amount of hiking activities, and gradually the fatigue will become weak. However, never till the end of your endurance then consider a rest.

What's the distance should be kept among hikers?

Generally 2-3 meters will be OK. Though the guide will take care of tourists, it is better for hikers with quicker or slower speed to look after each other, and distances among hikers should not be too long in order to keep the wholeness and safety of the team.

How to prevent feet from blistering?

A: Appropriate and comfortable shoes and socks are essential, so make sure the shoes are in right size and not high-heeled, half-new sneakers or hiking boots are recommended. Insoles and socks should be smooth and not worn out. If hiker's shoes didn't fit well or he/she hike incorrectly, some parts of his/her feet would have the feeling of friction or pain, in this case a plaster could be stuck on the feet, or a single-sided adhesive be taped to the corresponding parts of the shoes.

What should I bring for Great Wall hiking?

Comfortable shoes or boots, water, snacks, sunscreen, sun-glasses, lip balm, gloves, cap, pocket knife, toilet paper, first aid kit based on your physical condition are recommended to bring. For detailed information please refer to the parts of "What to take" and "Notes" in our Great Wall Hiking itineraries.

Can I lean against the Wall to have a rest?

Safety first! So please don't lean against Great Wall to rest before you are sure it is firm enough. What's more, don't walk fast or run when you are hiking on the Wall due to many parts are broken and loose, also please keep safe distance from the person in front of you when you are climbing to avoid being hit by falling stones or bricks. Never walk close to the edge of Great Wall by curiosity; and switch off your mobile phone if thunderstorms happen.

Can I camp or sleep on the Great Wall?

Unfortunately, camping or sleeping on the Great Wall is now not permitted anymore according to the current rules.

When is the best time for Great Wall hiking?

These are the periods of time in proper order:
September to October is the best time;
Then April and May;
March and November;
June, July and August;
December, January and February.

Could we provide hiking guides speaking languages like Germany, French, Spanish and etc.?

Sorry, we only have English-speaking hiking guides, because few Chinese people speak those languages and our guides are required to be experienced and skilled in hiking, which is for safety concern. Our hiking guides are already the most professional and stable team in this field.

Does it have any age limit for Great Wall hiking?

There is no age limit. Whether it is appropriate for you depends on your physical condition. People suffering from vertigo or not in a good shape are not recommended to join groups lasting more than 3 days.

When is the best time to watch sunrise or sunset?

It depends on different seasons.
In October (or March, April, May, September) there is more chance to watch sunrise/sunset, however it is not guaranteed. We will organize it if weather permits.
In June (or July, August) there is rare chance to watch sunrise/sunset due to the rain. We will organize it if you're lucky.