A few mountains over from the super-touristy Badaling section of Great Wall is our ‘Switchback’ Great Wall hike, a short and sweet – and steep! – walk along an unrestored line of wall high up in the hills.
We hike a long trail up to the wall, and then hike up along the Great Wall to a tower on a peak. From the tower the views are super, with the Great Wall running north and south along the ridge and villages and roads far below.
We had a nice big group for the walk, spreading out as we hiked.
The trail took us through a forest.
This young fellow was helping Kelvin collect the ribbons as we walked. Thanks!
The forest clears, and we're almost on the wall.
Arriving at a dip in the wall.
We hiked on the wall, heading for the General's Tower.
Climb on top of the tower for awesome views.
Looking back down from the tower – a steep climb up!
Up on top – great work.
Coming down the other side of the General's Tower.
On this part of the hike the wall's foundation is solid, but the battlements have fallen down.