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Gubeikou Great Wall, 2014/09/06

In Brief: Photos from our hike along the Great Wall at Gubeikou during the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday.

During the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday we headed out to the Gubeikou Great Wall for a spot of hiking. The air was clear, and we had lovely views of the Great Wall snaking through the green hills.

The Great Wall brings a lot of history – some ancient, and some more recent. This stretch of wall was the site of a pitched battle between Chinese and Japanese forces in the 1930’s, and you can spot some of the evidence if you keep an eye out – bullet holes can be seen in old bricks, as well as damage to towers caused by shelling.

A large gate in the wall is being reconstructed, years after being knocked down to allow a road to go through - Gubeikou Great Wall, 2014/09/06

A large gate in the wall is being reconstructed, years after being knocked down to allow a road to go through.

Hiking along a rough section, where the brick casing has fallen away to reveal the rammed earth inside - Gubeikou Great Wall, 2014/09/06

Hiking along a rough section, where the brick casing has fallen away to reveal the rammed earth within.

An unusually constructed tower, with an octagonal inner room and an arched ceiling - Gubeikou Great Wall, 2014/09/06

An unusually constructed tower, with an octagonal inner room and an arched ceiling.

It’s said that the hole in the roof of the tower was caused by artillery - Gubeikou Great Wall, 2014/09/06

It’s said that the hole in the roof of the tower was caused by artillery.

A hiker climbs up for a look, with more of the Gubeikou Great Wall seen in the hills beyond - Gubeikou Great Wall, 2014/09/06

A hiker climbs up for a look, with more of the Gubeikou Great Wall seen in the hills beyond.

Wild flowers on the Great Wall - Gubeikou Great Wall, 2014/09/06

Wild flowers on the Great Wall.

The hike continued along the Great Wall, passing through the large square tower - Gubeikou Great Wall, 2014/09/06

The hike continued along the Great Wall, passing through the large square tower.

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