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Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

30+ photos from our hike to the Chinese Knot, part of the Jiankou Great Wall.

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Photos from a fun – but very steep! – hike up to the 'Chinese Knot', beginning at the Great Wall Spur and peaking after the big climb up to the knot.

The Chinese Knot is the name of the spot where Beijing's outer and inner Great Wall meets up, with the outer line of wall coming down from Nine-Eyes Tower, and the main line continuing from the Great Wall Spur on to Mutianyu.

Photos below!

An old aqueduct - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

An old aqueduct

One of the places where you think ‘Was a wall really needed here?’ - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

One of the places where you think ‘Was a wall really needed here?’

Just about to arrive at the wall - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

Just about to arrive at the wall.

The first tower we passed on the hike - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

The first tower we passed on the hike.

An unrepaired section covered by bushes - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

An unrepaired section covered by bushes.

Hiking guide Andy - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

Hiking guide Andy.

Hiking guide Yang Sheng - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

Hiking guide Yang Sheng.

We hiked on and up the Great Wall - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

We hiked on and up the Great Wall.

Photo on the Great Wall - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

Jordan on the Great Wall.

Looking back down to that first tower - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

Looking back down to that first tower.

Most of this tower had collapsed - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

Most of this tower had collapsed.

Trees and grass are taking over this part of the wall - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

Trees and grass are taking over this part of the wall.

This tower is in good shape - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

This tower is in good shape.

We were to hike up to the highest point in this photo - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

We hiked up to the highest point in this photo.

Nearing another tower - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

Nearing another tower.

Looking back towards a large tower - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

Looking back towards a large tower.

Focus on the views from the high point - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

Focus on the views from the high point.

Red ribbons marked the trail - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

Red ribbons marked the trail.

We hiked down a dip in the wall - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

We hiked down a dip in the wall.

This part of the wall is very overgrown with trees - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

This part of the wall is very overgrown with trees.

A rough section with a strong foundation. The Chinese Knot is on the peak in the background - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

A rough section with a strong foundation. The Chinese Knot is on the peak in the background.

The wall made an interesting curve here - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

The wall made an interesting curve here.

Looking back towards the first high point - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

Looking back towards the first high point.

Now looking up towards the next high point - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

Now looking up towards the next high point: The Chinese Knot.

The wall, silhouetted - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

The wall, silhouetted.

A steep climb up to the top - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

A steep climb up to the top.

We made a detour around collapsed and dangerous sections - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

We made a detour around collapsed and dangerous sections.

Looking back again - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

Looking back again.

The path beside the wall was steep and quite challenging - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

The path beside the wall was steep and quite challenging.

Looking down one side of the ‘knot’, where there’s a spur in the wall - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

Looking down one side of the ‘knot’, where there’s a spur in the wall.

This is a great lookout - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

This is a great lookout.

This tower was the highest point on the hike - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

This tower was the highest point on the hike.

From the high point we hiked down to the village - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

From the high point we hiked down, aiming for a small village.

At the end we followed field trails to finish - Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2018/03/10

At the end we followed field trails to finish.