Now getting lost in China is like being lost in Middle Earth. There is just no good way to figure out where you are, and on a rainy day like yesterday it was just nasty. First off trails in China are not like trails in the USA or elsewhere. First off in China there are no paths, what there are are areas where the underbrush is not SO tangled together a small person can walk through. This constitutes a path. Second there are no markers, no significant landmarks, nothing to tell you if you are going the right way or the wrong way. Here you just need to know where you are going, and if you know that you are good to go.
So about 1.5 hours into the hike we got lost. Now not only were we in the middle of the wilderness of China, we were 2 hours away from the nearest phone, 3 hours away from the nearest town, and completly without cell phone reception. The little guy in the picture in the red shirt, he had a walkie-talkie with which he could talk to our base camp. He also happened to be our guide.
What was most amazing is that this was HIS first time on THIS hike, so when he got lost WE ALL were lost. In the end we went about a full kilometer out of our way and had to backtrack BACK to the path.
Despite all of that we still managed to make it up to the actual wall in good time, but for a moment the entire group was worried about making it back to civilization.