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Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

In Brief: Photos from a camping trip at the Gubeikou Great Wall – one day clear and lovely, the next foggy and mysterious.

On this two-day trip we hiked the Great Wall at Gubeikou and camped overnight in one of the big towers. On the second day we hiked on to the Jinshanling Great Wall.

We began at Gubeikou, hiking through the village and then up on to the Great Wall. The hiking was relaxed, and we took our time to enjoy the views.

We set up camp in a tower and settled in for the evening.

Not long after that it rained a little, and the fog and mist rolled in. Good thing we were all set up in the tower – we would have got wet!

The next day we hiked on to Jinshanling, passing through Spider Valley and Hemp Village on the way.

Photos below!

We started our hike walking through Gubeikou Village - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

We started our hike walking through Gubeikou Village.

We hiked to the recently renovated North Gate of Gubeikou - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

We hiked to the recently renovated North Gate of Gubeikou.

We stopped here so hiking guide Tina could talk about the history of the Great Wall in the area - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

We stopped here so hiking guide Tina could talk about the history of the Great Wall in the area.

Outside the North Gate is another village, with a temple below the wall - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

Outside the North Gate is another village, with a temple below the wall.

More talking from Tina - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

More talking from Tina.

We hiked along the broken body of the wall - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

We hiked along the broken body of the wall.

The base of the wall is still preserved, but the battlements have fallen down - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

The base of the wall is still preserved, but the battlements have fallen down.

View of Gubeikou Village from the wall - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

View of Gubeikou Village from the wall.

Hiking further along the Great Wall - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

Hiking further along the Great Wall.

Heading for the a ruined tower, with autumn colours showing in the hills - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

Heading for the a ruined tower, with autumn colours showing in the hills

Dilapidated beacon tower - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

Dilapidated beacon tower.

We hiked up to our regular snack break tower - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

We hiked up to our regular snack break tower.

When the leaves turn red or yellow, the views of the wall are splendid - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

When the leaves turn red or yellow, the views of the wall are splendid.

Super-hiker Hartmut - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

Super-hiker Hartmut.

The entrance to our accommodation for the evening – a renovated and spacious beacon tower! - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

The entrance to our accommodation for the evening – a renovated and spacious beacon tower!

Resting and checking the surroundings - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

Resting and checking the surroundings.

Preparing supper - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

Preparing supper.

Dinner time! - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

Dinner time!

We started the hike early the next day - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

We started the hike early the next day.

Foggy weather - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

Foggy weather.

We hiked down to the valley along a dirt road - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

We hiked down to the valley along a dirt road.

We passed by a corn field - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

We passed by a corn field.

We hiked from an open field to a small wood in the mist - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

We hiked from an open field to a small wood in the mist.

Hiking in the morning mist - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

Hiking in the morning mist.

Our hikers took pictures of the pretty flowers - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

Our hikers took pictures of the pretty flowers.

Our beautiful hiking path flanked by wildflowers - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

Our beautiful hiking path flanked by wildflowers.

A spider web capturing the dew - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

A spider web capturing the dew.

A group photo of our hikers at Jinshanling - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

A group photo of our hikers at Jinshanling.

Jinshanling Great Wall in the morning - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

Jinshanling Great Wall in the morning.

Red and yellow leaves signal autumn - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

Red and yellow leaves signal autumn.

We finished the trip by hiking out through the Jinshanling park area - Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

We finished the trip by hiking out through the Jinshanling park area.

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