The Great Wall of China was not constructed as¬†a tourist¬†sight so safety had not been an important factor to consider when building it. Be aware that the Great Wall¬†can be a dangerous place due to loose rock, gravel on steep slopes, long, steep flights of stairs, steep mountain ridges etc. A recent accident took place on Friday, May 4th 2012.¬† A woman was injured after she fell 10 feet off a cliff near¬†the ‚ÄúSky Stairs‚ÄĚ, the famous scenic spot with a precipitous stair at Jiankou Great Wall. Be aware that the Great Wall has deteriorated in many places and¬†in a slow process of decaying.¬†
Go with a group
Small stones, gravel, overgrown bushes and snow and ice in winter makes the¬†certain sections of Great Wall¬†quite slippery.¬†In¬†that case,¬† Great Wall safety advice¬†is that always go with a group, tell someone where you are going and when to return. Outdoor adventures are fun for group, family and friends.¬†Traveling with a partner will help you in many ways. People in pairs are much less likely to panic.
Watch weather report
Pay attention to the weather forecast a day before the actual Great Wall hike. Do not visit the Wall on¬†snowy days. Rain, snow and especially ice makes the Great Wall even more dangerous. Avoid using cell phone, broadcast or any other electronic equipment during a thunderstorm while you are on the Wall. Turn off cell phone and take shelter in a watch tower during a thunderstorm.
Play it smart
- Bringing plenty of water along your hike is a good Great Wall safety advice. Drink¬†your water¬†regularly. Never drink untreated water.
- Never go¬†on a hike if you don’t have the experience and preparation for it. Taking on a three-day Great Wall hike¬†when you haven‚Äôt any exercised at home it‚Äôs certainly not the best choice.
- Be sure you are dressed in layers so that you can adjust to the surrounding temperatures as they change. It will actually keep you safe and healthy.
- Be aware of natural landmarks around you as you walk past them, If the hike becomes more than you can handle and want to turn back, you can recognize them.
- Any time humans interact with nature, there is a chance of injury. Read and respect signs that are posted along the Great Wall to avoid possible injury.
- Use moisturizer¬†to help you¬†moisturize your skin, as it is always dry in spring, autumn and winter.
- Wear scarves¬†and¬†windproof jacket to¬†block the wind as it is quite windy in spring, autumn and winter on the Great Wall.
- Protect yourself from the sun by using scarves, protective clothing, hats, sunscreen as it’s pretty hot on the Great Wall in July.
- Take a break regularly while hiking on Great Wall. Don‚Äôt overexert yourself. Take a hiking poles with you if it’s necessary.