The Great Wall Spur is one of our favourite moderately-difficult ‘wild’ wall walks, a short but steep hike up and down an unrepaired stretch of Ming Dynasty-era Great Wall.
The recent winter weather in Beijing had been somewhat up and down—this was one of the ‘up’ days, with temperatures in the mid-twenties. (Celsius, of course!)
The hike was quite a bit of 'up' as well, with a steep hill climb to do before reaching the Great Wall.
After a big hill climb we reached the Great Wall at a small gate.
Stairs led up on to the Great Wall.
Time for a rest!
We took a break by this tower, and then continued the hike up the wall.
The hiking team on top of the tower.
Looking back to the first tower.
From a little higher up we had a good view of the wall in the surrounding hills.
We’d follow the wall up.
Guides Andy and Yang Sheng.
Looking back down the wall.
About to pass through a tower.
We hiked up along the wall.
Climbing up the wall. You can see it’s in fairly rough condition, but not too bad considering it was built more than 400 years ago.
A big tower.
We stopped for a snack break at the highest point of the hike.
The last tower we’d see on the hike.
To finish the walk we hiked down hill trails to find our bus.