I will be spending three days at the walls from mid-month. Unfortunately I can only make it at the weekends. I am looking at spending a couple of days around Jiankou and a day Jinshangling-Simatai. Can you guys help me with some advice?
About me: I was born and live in the hills in rough limestone country and am mountain-wise. Most of the time I go around on my own and I know my limits. The words. "If you have an accident out there, you will have nobody to help you" are among my first memories as a child, and they remain with me every step of the way - particularly in cities.
Despite this, I have never had the slightest interest in rockface climbing as a sport. I tried it once and got fed up looking at a blank wall of stone.
Jiankou wall. Many people seem to talk about walking from Jiankou towards Mutianyu. From what I am proposing to do, it would seem logical to start at Mutianyu and walk west for a day. On the second day, I could continue travelling west(ish)as far as possible then go back to Xizhazi. Does this make sense, or have I missed something?
The first day seems to present no problems - if I can start at Mutianyu (advice please). On the second day, it might be logical to have a guide. Do I need one, can I get one from Xizhazi or does anyone have any other advice?
I have looked for private guides online, but these do not seem to fit my style. Most of the pictures show people who appear to be on a Sunday stoll, waving flags or doing somersaults on the wall. I am also put off by the fact that most sites seem to spend as much time talking about the eating arrangements as they do about walking.
For me, the priorities are to get out there as early as possible and use every minute until just before dusk; see as much as possible and try to wear-out the camera shutter.
Now that I think about it, I suppose I should re-phrase the question. Could I find a guide who would stick with me for that amount of time? Self answer - I will probably end up doing the walk on my own. Even so, any ideas would be welcome.
So, onto the Jinshangling-East Simatai wall. It looks like the East Simatai section is now accessible, but I cannot figure out what is going on.
From what I can see, I can get onto the wall if I bunk in somewhere near the Water Village before 6.30am...or I can go in via the Water Village after 9am if I have booked by phone 24-hours earlier with someone who probably does not speak English...or I might be able to pay to enter the Water Village and the wall and hope that the entrance is opened that day. Has anyone used this system? Does anyone understand it? Was it designed by the same people who wrote my operating system?
What happens if I start at on the wall at Jinshangling and walk east towards Simatai? Will I reach some sort of barrier and be forcibly ejected?