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Great Wall Historical Film Set

Listed under Film Locations in Great Wall of China, China.

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There is a military encampment is used by film and TV crews just beyond the site of the Western End of the Great Wall. It seems to be open for visitors at all other times as we wandered around freely. Charges were only applied if you wanted to dress up in costumes and take photos.

The site extends over both sides of the river - with a challenging suspension bridge in-between. This offers a novel view back at the Great Wall for those with a head for heights, and a fearless sense of balance.

The camp seems to be based on rather modern concepts of military preparation - with areas for the troops to work-out and an unconvincing picket fence.

This site is fun and a welcome break from the more serious aspects of Silk Road archaeology.

Written by  Ian Ford.

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Many tours take you to the End of the Great Wall but few would include time for this site. It would be best to book a driver (it's not far from town) and be free to stay and enjoy for as long as you want. That's how we did it.

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When and how long would you suggest for a first trip to China? I'm thinking I'd need three weeks at least but could you do it in less? I don't just want to do the touristy things. Thanks for any suggestions.

3 weeks would be a good amount of time. You can't possibly see everything so 4, 5 or 6 weeks will still leave you wanting to come back. At least with a solid first trip you would have a much better idea where to return to.

What are you main interests? I'll try and give you some pointers.

Thanks so much. We're interested in seeing some of the areas where the way of life is still more traditional if you know what I mean? The plan is to spend some time in Beijing, maybe a week? And then try and get out into the countryside. We're interested in doing some walking and seeing some temples and visiting old markets. Probably a boat trip somewhere in there?

Please take a look at my website. You can find a link on my profile. I think you'll find Yunnan and Yangtse fits the bill, or perhaps Beijing Review + Going Cloud Way

I've not heard of this one either, but I'll definitely include it in my itinerary as well. Thanks for writing about it, Ian. I'll check out your site.

This sounds really, really cool! Sad to have missed it - oh, well, I'll have to go back...

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It was fun. I would have put up a shot of my companion wielding a spear and looking very ferocious - but I know he wouldn't like it.

Like you say, next time

Were there people walking around dressed up or was it just empty apart from visitors who'd paid for their costumes?

No - the locals were in plain clothes.

No-one else dressed up at the time. Perhaps with a bigger group it could have been much more fun

This sounds fantastic. How do you get there? is it best to book a driver or can you catch a bus or take a tour or something? I've never heard of it.

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