The ruined Jiankou Great Wall is very challenging even for real hikers. Broken and dilapidated, the incomplete wall zigzags towards the pinnacles; it's a 4-5 hour long route; visitors must be cautious when hiking here since the path is full of small crushed stones which make the climbing even more difficult. There are no facilities helping you climb up this un-restored wall, so teamwork is essential.
Ten kilometers to the west of Mutianyu Great Wall is the un-restored Jiankou Great Wall. It's about 90 km away from Beijing, in the Huairou district. The Great Wall at Jiankou was built in the Ming Dynasty in 1368. Since then, its appearance has not been changed artificially. Due to the original appearance of Jiankou being so unique and real, it's favored by adventurers and photographers alike. Jiankou, or Arrow Nock in English, is to describe the strangely shaped mountains and their ridges which look like an arrow nock.
The Great Wall at Jiankou has 28 towers. Among them, 38 Big Step is a steep slope with an angle of 80 degrees; and the best place to enjoy the panorama view of the wall is Zhengbeilou Watchtower; the highlight of the tour.
What to Do:
1. You can do hiking from Jiankou to Mutianyu to enjoy the breathtaking view along the way. It's a five-hour long route bounding east to Mutianyu Great Wall.
2. By reaching Mutianyu, you could take either toboggan or cable cars to get down from the wall; or trek around 40 minutes down.
1. Even if this section of the Great Wall is not officially opened to the public, its beauty has made it one of the hottest spots for travelers.
2. For a better hiking experience, please wear comfortable shoes and bring your hat, sunglasses, sun cream, tissues, trekking poles, umbrellas, cameras, and maybe a jacket if on cold days.
3. No restaurants along the Great Wall hiking, so you need to bring some bread, cakes, bottled water, and snacks for lunch. Your guide will help you to prepare in advance.
4. Be prepared that toilets are available at Xizhazi village near Jiankou, but not available along the Great Wall at Jiankou.
5. Do NOT wear shorts in summer as you need to bushwhack.
6. Do NOT visit Jiankou Great Wall in bad weather.
7. It’s recommended that you hire an experienced guide for this odyssey.
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