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Gubeikou Great Wall West, 2013/05/12

In Brief: Photos from our hike along the western side of the Gubeikou Great Wall.

We’ve started doing hikes on the west side of the Gubeikou Great Wall – a nice area with a line of Great Wall that runs through the hills.

We went out in May during the Dragon Boat Festival holiday, getting out of the city and away from the crowded tourist areas.

The weather was excellent – clear and not too hot – and we had a great day out hiking on the wall.

Towers, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou Great Wall West, 2013/05/12

Towers on the ridgelines.

the Great Wall, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou Great Wall West, 2013/05/12

We walked up a long valley to find the Great Wall.

tall tower, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou Great Wall West, 2013/05/12

The sun was behind this tall tower.

The base of the wall, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou Great Wall West, 2013/05/12

The base of the wall here is still solid, but the parapets and some of the sides have fallen away.

that way, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou Great Wall West, 2013/05/12

This is where we got up on to the wall. We headed in the opposite direction to the tall tower – too steep and tricky up that way.

the valley and mountains, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou Great Wall West, 2013/05/12

Views of the valley and mountains.

the tall tower, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou Great Wall West, 2013/05/12

Behind the tall tower, the wall continues.

the wall, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou Great Wall West, 2013/05/12

We followed the wall further into the hills

Green hills, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou Great Wall West, 2013/05/12

Green hills and blue sky.

trees have grown on top, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou Great Wall West, 2013/05/12

The wall here is broken down and trees have grown on top.

, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou Great Wall West, 2013/05/12

The wall keeps going up and over the ridge in front.

where we began the hike, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou Great Wall West, 2013/05/12

Looking back towards where we began the hike.

a sharp turn, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou Great Wall West, 2013/05/12

The wall made a sharp turn here.

This tower, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou Great Wall West, 2013/05/12

This tower is still in decent shape after at least 400 years of weathering.

A big tower, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou Great Wall West, 2013/05/12

A big tower sits atop a bluff – this one would be hard to attack!

ruined Great Wall, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou Great Wall West, 2013/05/12

A stretch of ruined Great Wall.

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