Gubeikou West Circuit, 2017/1/14
Seventeen photos from a winter hike on the west side of Gubeikou.
For various reasons we hadn’t hiked on the west side of Gubeikou for quite a while.
One of those reasons was that the hike was too short!
Over winter we went out a few times to scout out new trails, and the result of the scouting was the Gubeikou West Circuit trail, a new version of our hikes in the area that gives a good 14km hike with a lot of great views.
We start off with a ridgeline walk that passes a few standalone towers – some from the Ming Dynasty era, and one that looks suspiciously modern.
The ridgeline track took us into some farmland that belongs to a riverside village.
We hiked through the village and over the bridge, and then began the tough part of the hike – a steep climb up the Great Wall.
The wall in this area is interesting because in some places it runs along cliff tops that are so steep there’s surely no need for a wall there, plus there’s a mix of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) wall and some older wall from the Northern Qi period (550-577). Parts of the Ming Dynasty wall were built on top of the Northern Qi wall, but other parts of the Ming wall branch off along different ridgelines – perhaps some difference in opinions on the best way to build a wall.