Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village, 2013/02/23
Photos of a short-but-steep hike along a section of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall in Huairou District.
The hike starts near a reservoir, which is flanked by two sections of Great Wall which rise dramatically on each side. We start our hike on a well-restored which gains altitude fast, soon giving us a good view of the reservoir down below at the start of the hike as well as the section of Great Wall that runs up the ridges on the opposite side of the valley.
From the high point on this section of the Great Wall, we had dizzying views of the countryside around us and were able to appreciate how the Great Wall spans the rugged landscape of jagged ridges and precipitous slopes all around us.
We headed on, walking down a steep section of the wall where we had to be careful to watch our footing on the narrow stairs.
This brought us down to the valley that leads to a small walled village that used to house the soldiers who guarded that section of the Great Wall during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). However, instead of taking the flat, direct route to the walled village, we started uphill again, soon reaching an unrestored section of Great Wall.
We hiked up to the highest point of this stretch of wall and stopped for lunch. It was a super spot for a picnic, with great views all around.
The hike finished on a winding path down the hillside through the forest and orchards, passing the walled village on the way.