Perfect weather, super scenery, and long views of the Great Wall at Gubeikou and Jinshanling – a recipe for a great walk!
On this hike we were lucky to have blue skies and warm weather that wasn’t too hot. To go with that, at this time of year there’s also plenty of greenery in the hills to contrast with the greys of the Great Wall.
We hiked all of the Gubeikou section of the Great Wall, peaking at 24-Eyes Tower before heading down through Spider Valley to Hemp Village.
From there we hiked up to the west side of the Jinshanling Great Wall, and then walked all the way over to the east side – a lot of stairs to climb, but very much worth the sweat.
See the photos below.
The Great Wall at Gubeikou.
Taking a break on the way to the tall tower in the background of the photo.
We’d hiked this line of wall on the way up.
Great Wall and green hills.
In some places the wall was almost hidden by the leaves of all the trees and plants.
After reaching the aforementioned tall tower we headed down into a forested area, following a trail in the valley below the towers.
A view of the Gubeikou Great Wall.
The valley trail took us towards tiny Hemp Village, a farming area. Here we see the crop of corn just getting started.
Field trail beside the corn fields.
A tower at the end of a short spur section.
Later on, we got back up beside the wall.
Our first look at the Jinshanling Great Wall.
On the way over to the end of Jinshanling we passed some places that were just perfect for a photo.
On to the restored part of Jinshanling, and up towards the highest towers.
This section doesn’t look so steep, but your legs will tell you otherwise.
The top part of Jinshanling.
Down again, then up again – almost finished, though!