1. What to Wear?
Remember to dress for hiking and dress for the weather. Choose comfortable footwear, and if necessary, bring with good grip and support for your feet. Layers of clothes that can be taken on and off allow for greater comfort and temperature control.
Bring sun protection in the summer and dress for sub zero temperatures in the winter. It can feel much colder on the wall than down in the valleys.
2. Take care of your health!
Clearly know your health. Acrophobia, heart diseases and diabetes do not fit for the Great Wall Hiking.
Health and accident insurance is necessary before taking any Great Wall hiking tour and take the insurance and contact information with you. Chinese emergency call: 120
It is very necessary to have a big breakfast on your hiking day, and take enough water and snacks (like chocolates) with you.
3. What to bring?
Bring a camera and money for souvenirs and refreshments. It is very hot to hike under the sun, so sunglasses and some other protection measures are necessary.
If your hiking journey involves long-distance driver, you may consider taking a CO Player to enjoy and relax on the way. But, make sure your belongings will not be your burden.
Rain storms are quite common if hiking in summer, so check the weather broadcast the day before your hiking.
4. Watch out!
Never run or walk fast when you are hiking on the Great Wall, because many parts of the Wall are broken and loose. They are not only difficult and strenuous to hike but also very dangerous.
Never walk close to the edge of the wall since they are the first part to become loose and broken.
Not lean against the wall to rest before you are sure it is really firm and safe.
While hiking, you may come across many local people selling the bottled water, maps, snacks, or souvenirs. They are all local peasants near the Wall. If you don't want to be followed by the vendors, just say "No" firmly to them. Don't give them any promise that you will buy something when you come back.
6. Protect the Wall!
Leave nothing except your footprints, take nothing except photographs and garbage, and maintain the plain charm of the Great Wall.