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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

In Brief: Photos from a blue-sky hike from Hemp Village to the Gubeikou Great Wall.

We like the Hemp Village to Gubeikou hike because – as well as great views of the Great Wall – we also get a look at rural life in the countryside as we walk through Hemp Village and the surrounding farmland.

On this visit we had perfect weather – clear, with a big blue sky full of puffy white clouds.

The start point of the hike – a nondescript spot by the narrow road that leads into Hemp Village - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

The start point of the hike – a nondescript spot by the narrow road that leads into Hemp Village.

Hiking in to Hemp Village - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

Hiking in to Hemp Village.

The Kiwi Crew - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

The Kiwi Crew.

In a few months these fields will be full of corn - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

In a few months these fields will be full of corn.

On this visit we took a wee detour to avoid all the runners from the Great Wall marathon. That meant picking a path through the fields in an adjacent valley - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

On this visit we took a wee detour to avoid all the runners from the Great Wall marathon. That meant picking a path through the fields in an adjacent valley.

Back on our regular track - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

Back on our regular track.

An abandoned farm house - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

An abandoned farm house.

A trail through forest took us up to the Great Wall - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

A trail through forest took us up to the Great Wall.

Almost up on the wall - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

Almost up on the wall.

Looking back down the hill trail - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

Looking back down the hill trail.

Great Wall under clouds in a blue sky - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

Great Wall under clouds in a blue sky.

Great spot for a rest - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

Great spot for a rest.

Taking a break at 24-Eyes Tower - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

Taking a break at 24-Eyes Tower.

In the background is the Gubeikou Great Wall, which we’d follow to the end - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

In the background is the Gubeikou Great Wall, which we’d follow to the end.

Four of our favourite regular hikers - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

Four of our favourite regular hikers.

We continued along the Great Wall - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

We continued along the Great Wall.

Coming through a tower - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

Coming through a tower.

Looking back, with 24-Eyes Tower at the top left - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

Looking back, with 24-Eyes Tower at the top left.

Hang loose on the Great Wall - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

Hang loose on the Great Wall.

The Kiwi Crew on a steep section - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

The Kiwi Crew on a steep section.

Hey! - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

Hey!

DELE - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

DELE

Shady inside a tower - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

Shady inside a tower.

We walked down hill trails to finish the hike - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

We walked down hill trails to finish the hike.

After the hike we had a big meal at a countryside restaurant - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

After the hike we had a big meal at a countryside restaurant.

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