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The Great Wall

  • Grade context: US
  • Approach time: 15 minutes
  • Photos: 1
  • Ascents: 3
  • Aka: 长城

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Description

The Great Wall is a massive limestone cliff located approximately 45 minutes drive North West of Yangshuo. This impressive cliff is located deep in the countryside, is situated high up on a hill and offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. The crag is north facing and is in the shade all day until late in the afternoon. Climbs on offer include multi and single pitch routes. The crag sees little traffic and there is some loose rock so helmets are recommended. The cliff is relatively remote with a mountain like feel about it, so it’s more suited to competent experienced climbers.

Access issues inherited from Yangshuo

Be aware: about 60% of the climbing occurs in a "scenic tourist park". As long as you travel by motorbike or bicycle the 100rmb entrance fee is not required. You will learn about this in the first few days in Yangshuo. It doesn't really concern climbers, but is pertinent info...especially when considering a taxi during inclement weather.

All of the land belongs to the Chinese government and has been appropriated to respective farming villages. Each crag and it's access is then controlled by either the village collectively or a specific person, so technically we as climbers are trespassing 95% of the time in China. However, most villagers welcome climbing and do not present any problems. On the contrary, certain crags have historically had issues. If there is signage at any crag asking for small donations (1-5rmb for vehicle parking), please be willing to pay. This money goes directly to the local villager whose land we are using and supports the local associations' agreement with the villagers. The money is minimal and the result has been very beneficial to resolving any issues. Thank You.

Ethic inherited from Yangshuo

Climbing in China is similar to Korea, whereas the most popular crags can get crowded during the busy seasons. its not uncommon to find ropes hanging on many routes that at the moment are not being used. Or for for certain areas to "feel" overused with lots of people hanging around, with music, and lots of good vibes. Please wear a smile, be patient, make conversation and be polite. If there are any safety issues, speak up...the chinese, and hopefully all climbers, welcome professional instruction.

New routing is acceptable. Please please do not squeeze routes in-between others, nor hap-hazardly add routes. The overall climbing experience of the chinese community is at a novice level. It is very important to develop SAFE routes that are thoroughly cleaned. IF you have a question about adding an additional bolt...DO IT!! Also..It would be wise to find a local guru before developing and ask for some local tips. Thank You.

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Starts at the far left side of Beijing ledge.

FA: Bob Keaty & Tyson Wallace, 2008

This is the access route to the main ledge.

FA: Eric, BKeaty, Paul Collis & TonTon, 2008

1 5.10a 13m
2 5.10c 25m
3 5.9 13m
4 5.10b 13m
5 5.10c 20m
1 5.10b 24m
2 5.10a 25m

The blunt arete to the right of Inscrutible.

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