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Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

In Brief: Photos from one of our new hikes, a long walk through the countryside of northeast Miyun District.

The Bricks in the Wall hike is one of the new trails that we found during the winter of 2013.

This visit was the first time we’d taken a group out, and we had a great day rambling through the hills.

The weather was perfect for hiking, with temperatures in the mid-twenties and the skies nice and clear.

At the highest point we had views down a long valley, with a line of wall and many small villages all part of the panorama.

We followed a narrow road concrete road into the hills - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

We followed a narrow road concrete road into the hills.

One of the houses we passed by - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

One of the houses we passed by.

We followed a trail through fields up towards the Great Wall - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

We followed a trail through fields up towards the Great Wall.

A line of Great Wall leads up to a peak - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

A line of Great Wall leads up to a peak.

We took a hill trail around the ruined section of wall in the middle of this photo - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

We took a hill trail around the ruined section of wall in the middle of this photo.

The hills out here were really dry! - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

The hills out here were really dry!

The base of a Great Wall tower blends into the dust and dirt - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

The base of a Great Wall tower blends into the dust and dirt.

A V-shaped trail took us up the hill - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

A V-shaped trail took us up the hill.

Looking back down the valley - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

Looking back down the valley.

The Great Wall here is hard to spot amongst the terraces - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

The Great Wall here is hard to spot amongst the terraces.

After the V-shaped trail, we spotted the V-shaped Great Wall - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

After the V-shaped trail, we spotted the V-shaped Great Wall.

A view from a tower atop a hill - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

A view from a tower atop a hill.

We didn’t walk the V – we kept going up to the peak in the background - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

We didn’t walk the V – we kept going up to the peak in the background.

High up in the hills - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

High up in the hills.

Another shot of the dry hills - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

Another shot of the dry hills.

Looking back down the Great Wall - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

Looking back down the Great Wall.

The Great Wall ends at the top of this hill - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

This line of Great Wall ends at the top of this hill; the other line heads off down the V-shaped section.

The path down from the top went through a bushy section - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

The path down from the top went through a bushy valley.

More Great Wall in the hills - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

The other line of Great Wall spotted in the hills.

A valley trail past birch trees - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

A valley trail past birch trees.

We met some friendly people in the villages out here - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

We met some friendly people in the villages out here.

Lines of Great Wall in the hills - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

Lines of Great Wall in the hills.

The last tower we saw on the hike - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

The last tower we saw on the hike.

Our red ribbon, and the river far below - Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

Our red ribbon, and the river far below. Can you spot our bus?

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