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Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

In Brief: Photos from a hike up along the Great Wall Spur on a beautiful blue sky day.

The Great Wall Spur is our name for a unrestored section of Great Wall that is not often visited by others - probably because of the long and tough climb to reach it.

For those that dare, the rewards are super views of a solid stretch of Ming Dynasty Great Wall with some big towers, as well as the panoramas of mountains and more wall all around.

On this visit we had beautiful blue skies and cool temperatures - perfect weather for a hike.

The hike started off with a stroll through the village - Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

The hike started off with a stroll through the village.

This big gate marks the entrance to a park - Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

This big gate marks the entrance to a park.

Halfway on the big climb up to the Great Wall - Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

Halfway on the big climb up to the Great Wall.

The trail went through a forested area - Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

The trail went through a forested area.

Coming up the trail - Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

Coming up the trail.

The Great Wall comes into view - Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

The Great Wall comes into view.

More Great Wall is seen off in the distance - Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

More Great Wall is seen off in the distance.

We’d walk down through this tower later on the hike - Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

We’d walk down through this tower later on the hike.

Photos of the view from the highest point on the hike - Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

Photos of the view from the highest point on the hike.

Quick break at the high point - Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

Quick break at the high point.

A photo of a group of friends - Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

A photo of a group of friends.

We followed a path through an overgrown section of the Great Wall - Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

We followed a path along an overgrown section of the Great Wall.

Pink and white flowers - Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

Pink and white flowers.

Great Wall, green hills, blue sky - Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

Great Wall, green hills, blue sky.

Looking back along the wall - Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

Looking back along the wall.

Hiking guide Millicent has found a great spot to sit - Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

Hiking guide Millicent has found a great spot to sit.

Purple flowers - Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

Purple flowers.

Hiking guides Simon and Millicent - Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

Hiking guides Simon and Millicent.

We didn’t try to hike the section of wall seen in the photo - Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

We didn’t try to hike the section of wall seen in the photo.

Back down on to flat ground - Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

Back down on to flat ground.

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