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.
We started our hike walking through Gubeikou Village.
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.
Outside the North Gate is another village, with a temple below the wall.
More talking from Tina.
We hiked along the broken body of the wall.
The base of the wall is still preserved, but the battlements have fallen down.
View of Gubeikou Village from the wall.
Hiking further along the Great Wall.
Heading for the a ruined tower, with autumn colours showing in the hills
Dilapidated beacon tower.
We hiked up to our regular snack break tower.
When the leaves turn red or yellow, the views of the wall are splendid.
The entrance to our accommodation for the evening – a renovated and spacious beacon tower!
Resting and checking the surroundings.
We started the hike early the next day.
We hiked down to the valley along a dirt road.
We passed by a corn field.
We hiked from an open field to a small wood in the mist.
Hiking in the morning mist.
Our hikers took pictures of the pretty flowers.
Our beautiful hiking path flanked by wildflowers.
A spider web capturing the dew.
A group photo of our hikers at Jinshanling.
Jinshanling Great Wall in the morning.
Red and yellow leaves signal autumn.
We finished the trip by hiking out through the Jinshanling park area.