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From journal My Cultural Revolution
Santa Fe, New Mexico
June 10, 2005
Once on the Wall, throngs of tourists (mostly Chinese) crowded up and down the length, making it impossible to walk at any particular pace. Once at the top, I discovered they were giving camel rides!
All that aside, the view to be afforded from the Great Wall is spectacular, and even if you have to brave the masses, it's worth seeing.
Take a poncho, just in case you get stuck in a monsoon like we did! Also, be ready for a small workout to get all the way up the open length. It can be quite steep at points, and there are a lot of stairs.
From journal Teaching In China 2004
Ft. Collins, Colorado
October 16, 2000
We went to a part of the Great Wall named Simati, advertised as one of the most dangerous sections of the wall. The advertisment turned out to be all it said it would be, our journey began with a 1.5 mile hike in and once on the wall, we were confronted with vertical sections that required climbing and other parts that were only a few feet wide with substantial drops on both sides. All in all it was an amazing experience and we only ran into one other group of people that spoke English. One word of advice, be careful of people asking to be your guide. Tell them very firmly up front that you are not interested and have no money, or else they will follow you and keep asking you or others in your group for money??!!
From journal Jumping Around in Asia