Being the very random and spontaneous me, My travel buddy Stef and I (actually mostly him) did some research on climbing the Great Wall. We wanted to avoid the touristy section which was clearly Badaling (I visited that on my own before) and aimed for a challenging one. Stef read some stuff online and we decided on Jiankou. Here’s the links:
The Great Wall stretches from Dandong in the east to Lop Lake in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia. A comprehensive archaeological survey, using advanced technologies, has concluded that the Ming walls measure 8,850 km. This is made up of 6,259 km sections of actual wall, 359 km of trenches and 2,232 km of natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers. Another archaeological survey found that the entire wall with all of its branches measure out to be 21,196 km.
It was certainly fit to be a member of the New7 wonders of the world just for its ginormous magnitude of scale of size.
I’ve weaved a summary of our time in Beijing in this video (including climbing Jiankou) and hope you have a better idea if you plan to climb it yourself! It was truly a once in a lifetime experience!