On Christmas Eve we hiked over to the Gubeikou Great Wall, starting off at Hemp Village, a small settlement in a long valley below the Great Wall.
On the first section of the hike we walked into Hemp Village, following the dirt road from the highway. Hemp Village is a small settlement at the end of a long valley, and it’s in a remote area – very cold at this time of year.
We followed trails in the hills behind Hemp Village to get to the Great Wall, passing through fields and through valleys.
The trails took us up on to the Gubeikou Great Wall, which we then followed all the way down to Gubeikou village.
As per our Christmas tradition, we finished the day with a big meal and a dumpling-making competition.
See all the photos below!