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.
Hiking in to Hemp Village.
The Kiwi Crew.
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.
Back on our regular track.
An abandoned farm house.
A trail through forest took us up to the Great Wall.
Almost up on the wall.
Looking back down the hill trail.
Great Wall under clouds in a blue sky.
Great spot for a rest.
Taking a break at 24-Eyes Tower.
In the background is the Gubeikou Great Wall, which we’d follow to the end.
Four of our favourite regular hikers.
We continued along the Great Wall.
Coming through a tower.
Looking back, with 24-Eyes Tower at the top left.
Hang loose on the Great Wall.
The Kiwi Crew on a steep section.
Shady inside a tower.
We walked down hill trails to finish the hike.
After the hike we had a big meal at a countryside restaurant.