On this trip we visited the fortified village of Long Valley City, which was built in ancient times, before hiking up the valley behind it through the forest. From the high point of this hike, at a pass, we could see all the way back down the valley to the reservoir where we started, as well as the High Tower and parts of the unrenovated Yanqing Great Wall.
The Changyucheng Walled Village was a Ming Dynasty outpost and barracks used as a base for the soldiers guarding the nearby Great Wall. Some of the old village walls are still intact, and there are some good hiking trails in the hills above the village that lead up to the Great Wall.
Another fun thing in the village is their amateur opera performance troupe, formed by an elderly resident who used to be a pro back in the day. Every now and again we ask them to organise a performance for us in the town temple - quite a fun show! Click through to see photos from our day out in the hills, including some backstage shots!