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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2015/02/21

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2015/02/21

The Switchback Great Wall is one of our favourite places for escaping the crowds and tackling some challenging climbs. Because we travel out past the very popular tourist sections near Badaling, we are left with an unrestored stretch of the Great Wall all to ourselves. Click through to see all the photos!

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Nine-Eyes Tower snow hike, 2015/02/20

Nine-Eyes Tower snow hike, 2015/02/20

The Nine-Eyes Tower hike is fairly tricky on a good day - steep and rocky, with some very slippery bits.

On this visit we had to change the plan a little: the snow made certain sections of the trail unwalkable, and we shortened the hike to be sure we’d be on the way back before the roads started icing over.

We didn’t see quite as much of the Great Wall as we’d wanted to, but the beautiful snowy scenery certainly made up for that – click through to see the photos!

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Jiankou Big West Great Wall, 2015/02/11

Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall, 2015/02/11

The Great Wall on the west side of Jiankou is quite a mixture—some of it totally collapsed and rough, and some of it in excellent condition despite going more than four hundred years without any repairs.

Click through to see 30+ photos from a cold day out on the Great Wall.

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Gubeikou Great Wall hike, 2015/02/08

Gubeikou Great Wall hike, 2015/02/08

The Gubeikou Great Wall is one of our favourite spots for a relaxed walk along the Great Wall, because of the long views of the old wall running through the hills. Perfect on a blue sky day! Click through to see fifteen photos from our hike back in February.

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Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

In Brief: See some photos from a hike up to a special swimming spot in Yunmeng Gorge.

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