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.
Starting out on the road to Hemp Village.
We climbed into the hills behind the village.
Great Wall on the hills in the distance.
Terraced hills and cornfields surrounded by Great Wall.
We hiked up into Spider Valley.
24-Eyes Tower, the place we were able to climb up on to the Great Wall.
We stopped for a lunch break.
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.
The wall near 24-Eyes Tower.
We’d hike all the way down the wall in the photo.
Getting closer to another tower.
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!