Great Wall - Handicap Accessible?

Old Feb 26th, 2008, 12:59 AM
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Great Wall - Handicap Accessible?

I've heard that the steps on the Great Wall are quite steep. Can bad knees handle the tour?
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Old Feb 26th, 2008, 03:35 AM
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Not recommended. In fact, don't even think of it.
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Old Feb 26th, 2008, 04:24 AM
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There are several places near Beijing to access the Wall. You do not mention which one you plan to visit. Badaling? Mutianyu?
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Old Feb 26th, 2008, 08:00 AM
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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?
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i certainly would go out and see it...not doing so would be a mistake....you might even be able to climb just to the first platform
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part of the problem we found were that the steps were of uneven heights which made it more difficult..
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Old Feb 26th, 2008, 12:28 PM
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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.
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Old Feb 28th, 2008, 03:18 PM
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Thank you everyone - I'll for sure go see it and give the climbing a try!
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 06:31 PM
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Californialindy,

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