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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

In Brief: Seventeen great photos from the walk from Hemp Village to the Great Wall at Gubeikou.

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

A large tower on the Great Wall at Gubeikou.

The trail from Hemp Village to the Gubeikou Great Wall is long but fairly mellow, without a lot of steep climbs. The views are also excellent, particularly so on the clear and beautiful day we visited.

We started the hike just over the border into Hebei Province, and hiked up a narrow road to a remote village below the wall.

We hiked out into the fields and hills behind the village toward the Great Wall, walking through Spider Valley on the way up to Gubeikou’s 24-Eyes Tower.

From the we followed the Great Wall all the way down to the end, finishing near Gubeikou village.

Photos below!

Starting out on the road to Hemp Village - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

Starting out on the road to Hemp Village.

We climbed into the hills behind the village - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

We climbed into the hills behind the village.

Great Wall on the hills in the distance - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

Great Wall on the hills in the distance.

Terraced hills and cornfields surrounded by Great Wall - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

Terraced hills and cornfields surrounded by Great Wall.

We hiked up into Spider Valley - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

We hiked up into Spider Valley.

24-Eyes Tower, the place we were able to climb up on to the Great Wall - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

24-Eyes Tower, the place we were able to climb up on to the Great Wall.

We stopped for a lunch break - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

We stopped for a lunch break.

The hike continued on top of the Great Wall - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

The hike continued on top of the Great Wall.

Looking back up to 24-Eyes Tower. Some of the damage to this tower was caused during fighting between Chinese and Japanese armies in the late ‘30s - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

Looking back up to 24-Eyes Tower. Some of the damage to this tower was caused during fighting between Chinese and Japanese armies in the late ‘30s.

The wall near 24-Eyes Tower - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

The wall near 24-Eyes Tower.

We’d hike all the way down the wall in the photo - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

We’d hike all the way down the wall in the photo.

Getting closer to another tower - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

Getting closer to another tower.

A tricky climb down out of a large tower - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

A tricky climb down out of a large tower.

You can just see 24-Eyes Tower in the background of this photo. It looks far away! - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

You can just see 24-Eyes Tower in the background of this photo. It looks far away!

We hiked further down the wall - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

We hiked further down the wall.

A detour took us through a pine forest - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

A detour took us through a pine forest.

Looking back along the trail - Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

Looking back along the trail.

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