The weather was perfect for this walk on the Huanghuacheng Great Wall – cold but not too cold, and lovely and clear.
On the drive to the start of the hike we passed a section of Great Wall that dipped down into a reservoir. We’d be hiking down that part of wall to finish the walk, but it would take us a while to get to that point – we had quite a lot of hiking to do before we would be back there.
We also had quite a lot of hiking to do to get to the wall itself!
First we hiked up into the hills, stopping for a look at a Ming Dynasty-era barracks.
Then we climbed a big hill, passing through forests and farmland before a steep climb up to the top.
From the top we were on the wall almost all the way to the end, starting on unrestored ‘wild’ wall, and finishing on a restored section before finally arriving at that same section by the reservoir.
Hiking in to find the old barracks.
Standing on the wall of the barracks.
Starting the hike through the farmland.
We could see the wall on the hills in front.
The wall in this area dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The locals say that some of the chestnut trees here are of a similar age.
Hiking along field trails.
Taking a break before the big climb.
Up on the wall.
Huanghuacheng’s ‘wild’ wall.
The final tower of the unrepaired section.
A steep climb up to a tower.
Taking a break while others catch up.
Looking back on the trail. We started the wall walk on the tower at the top right of the photo.
Taking a break at the top of the repaired section.