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Great Wall at Haunghauchang, china Oct 03, 2011
I wanted to see the Great Wall while visiting China in Sept 2011 but did not want to go to one of the "touristy" locations that I have heard were crowded and had more than a few pestering street vendors. I met a guide through reviews on Travbuddy, Peter Guo, who met me at the airport upon arrival. He had suggested a place for my Great Wall hike, Haunghauchang. I had not seen this place reviewed anywhere so i was leary about it but Peter assured me I would be very impressed. And I was! We took a 2.5 hr drive (his wife drove) to a small village where we started our trek to the wall. I pointed out to Peter a sign that was posted "entrance to wall forbidden at this point". I was really corncerned as I did not want to end up incarcerated our here in the boondocks of China. Peter assured me that there was no-one around and that if there was the police have one eye open and the other closed - meaning they look the other way. A little unnerved I proceeded on with Peter and had one of the most fantastic days! There was virtually no one else on the wall (which went on forever it seemed)

and the views were breathtaking. This area was definately non tourist as some of the climbs were near vertical on parts of the wall that had crumbled 100's of years ago and the climb down in parts was very difficult. Wear good hiking boots and bring plenty of water and a bite to eat. Other parts were just perfect and may have been remortared in the not too distant past. This is one area of the wall I would recommend to those who like a challenge and away from the crowds
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