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californialindy Feb 26th, 2008 01:59 AM

Great Wall - Handicap Accessible?
I've heard that the steps on the Great Wall are quite steep. Can bad knees handle the tour?

USNR Feb 26th, 2008 04:35 AM

Not recommended. In fact, don't even think of it.

ekscrunchy Feb 26th, 2008 05:24 AM

There are several places near Beijing to access the Wall. You do not mention which one you plan to visit. Badaling? Mutianyu?

californialindy Feb 26th, 2008 09:00 AM

Thanks for feedback - I don't know where we access the Great Wall. Itinerary just says Temple of Heaven in the morning, then tour bus excursion to Great Wall. Am I missing a whole lot by looking at it instead of climbing it?

rhkkmk Feb 26th, 2008 09:53 AM

i certainly would go out and see it...not doing so would be a might even be able to climb just to the first platform

rhkkmk Feb 26th, 2008 09:53 AM

part of the problem we found were that the steps were of uneven heights which made it more difficult..

Shanghainese Feb 26th, 2008 01:28 PM

There is a chinese saying something like -- you are not a good, tough guy unless you've been to the Great Wall (bu dao chang chen fei hao han), at least you can get a pic of yourself at the foot of the wall.

californialindy Feb 28th, 2008 04:18 PM

Thank you everyone - I'll for sure go see it and give the climbing a try!

beijingkitchen Mar 5th, 2008 07:31 PM


There are cable cars now at almost all of the renovated Great Wall sites so you can take that up and then hike along the wall--there are still some steep areas, but you can hike as far as you are comfortable. Then you can take the cable car down or, Simatai has a zip line, Mutianyu has an alpine slide, which are both fun.

Bisbee Mar 5th, 2008 08:17 PM

I was on a similar tour as yours back in 1994. I made it from the entry gate up to the first tower on the left on crutches. You can do it.

jcrummel Mar 31st, 2008 03:17 AM

Bisbee, thank you for your encouragement! You are a bright and shining light!

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