Great Wall of China
Great Wall Travel Tips
Tips for Great Wall Photography
The Great Wall seems like an all-time favorite for professional cameramen. A successful photography tour is all about choosing the right section at a right time.
Attracting numerous photographers, the most photographic Great Wall sections include Mutianyu, Jiankou, Jinshanling and Simatai. Expect for Mutianyu Section, other sections with varied gradients offer jaw-dropping views and rich experience that is going to level up your photography skills.
The best time for photography differs per section, yet the general best time would be summer and autumn.
The above mentioned sections can be done within one day. Nevertheless, if you are going for the sunset, sunrise or night sky photos, you will need to spend one night camping at the wall or home-stay in a village.
Photographer expertise is important for your trip. In another word, your tour guide should also be photographer himself/herself. Leading you to the unique locates for unique shots, sharing his/her own experiences and knowledge, such a tour guide is a part of your successful photography tour. You can hire professional photography guides at local travel agencies or join a photography tour arranged by related association or photo club.
Besides common supplies, essential gears for your trip include a wide-angle lens, lens hood, tripod, flash light, endurable camera pack, teleconverter, lens cleanser clothes and at least 2 extra batteries.
Tips for Great Wall Hiking
Arranging a Great Wall hiking trip for pros requires much time and expertise. These professional hikers or enthusiasts wouldn’t mind spending one week at the wall, let alone the planning time.
For most common travelers, the best choice is less than 5 days, mostly 2 days and 3 days. The best hiker-friendly Great Wall sections are Gubeikou, Jinshanling, Jiankou, Simatai and Huanghuacheng.
Suggested Itinerary for or 2-day Great Wall hiking: Day-1 Beijing-Gubeikou-Jinshanling; Day-2Jiankou-Mutianyu-Beijing on Day Two is a popular choice. This route covers four respectively wild sections and one restored one: Mutianyu Section.
For 3-day Great Wall hiking, suggested itinerary: Day-1 Beijing-Gubeikou-Jinshanling, Day-2 Jiankou-Mutianyu; Day-3 Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu Lakeside Great Wall-Beijing. Trekking up the mountain side and eventually down to the ground and visit the part of Great Wall immersed underwater.
However you plan your hiking trip, safety, physical condition and weather adaptability are the top factors. A guided hike meets the standards better than a self-oriented one. At some dangerous part, such as Jiankou and Simatai, you need guidance and help to walk your way through the collapsed walls.
As weather-wise, the best hiking time at the Great Wall will be late summer and autumn. At this time of year, the weather is dry and hot, you will have clear views and safer walking trails. Furthermore, starry night outside the big city is just irresistible. Whenever you go, check the weather 3 days beforehand.
Accommodation choice at the Great Wall is limited, basically farmhouses, hostels and guesthouses. Camping at the Great Wall is possible at some certain sections but requires agency arrangement. If you hike with a professional hiking guide, you don’t need to bring your own camping tent.
Gearing up for the hike, you should pack up sunglasses, sun block (for hike starts at noon), hat, good hiking shoes, coat, hiking cane, compass, map, flash light (for overnight in the village or camping at the Great Wall), bottles of water and some snacks that provide quick energy.