Our Stone Valley Great Wall hike is a 10km loop trail that follows farmer’s tracks through valleys and up hills to get up on a rough line of unrepaired ‘wild’ Great Wall.
We hiked it on the last day of the lunar year. The air was cold, the skies were clear, and the views were superb – high up in the hills we could see little valley villages, taller mountains off in the distance, and we could see the Great Wall running up ridgelines into the faraway hills.
Cresting a rise.
Looking down at a village.
Hiking on a rough line of Great Wall.
Taking a look at the wall ahead, which we’d need to climb up.
On the way up.
Looking back along the wall.
Through an arch.
The steep climb up to the General’s Tower.
First there gets the best seat!
The entrance to the tower.
Hiking down a steep section of broken Great Wall.
And up again.
This is a spot we sometimes use for camping. Not in winter, though – way too cold at night!
We finished the walk by hiking down through a forest.