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Wonder whether the visa problem was considered. Every trip we submit extensive papers to the Chinese visa services in DC. Not to mention, the long lines and waits involved. As I said, I'll be in China in first half of August.
As for the Big Wall, does everyone know that climbing and descending may involve stairs of varying heights: from 5 inches to more than two feet! It's not a walk in the park.
0 · February 21
Hi Glenn, VERY COOL!!! I would be back in Asia during that time frame, there is a high possibility that I might be able to join you.
Did you have a specific route in mind? I am fluent in Chinese so I did some diggings in some Mandarin backpacking websites. The 7-Day "Extreme Odyssey" would highlight the most remote and scenery section of Great Wall, very few tourists but awesome adventure for experienced hikers. Let's keep in touch! I will try to see if I can find some local trail maps/tour books.
1 · February 21
I keep trying to post a response and it disappears -- so I will try one more time. Glenn, I am very tempted, but need to check my schedule, etc. I have been to Badaling 4 times and on my fifth visit, begged to go to a different part of the wall. I was taken to Mutianyu that time. I also got to Jiayuguan, the westernmost pass. But I've only done short walks on those parts, not hiking. This sounds fascinating. I may call you to find out more.
1 · February 20