Jinshanling is one of our favorite restored sections of Great Wall. The views are fantastic and it usually isn’t crowded. On this visit it did not disappoint—the skies were clear and there weren’t many other people on the wall.
We found it a hot day as we hiked into Hemp Village, but a cool breeze came along as we hiked up to the Great Wall. Just perfect!
Scroll down to view 22 pictures from the hike.
Hiking in to Hemp Village, passing cornfields.
Walking further into the valley.
A big squash almost ready to pick.
Taking a break in the shade before hiking up to the wall.
Starting the climb up to the Great Wall.
A look back at the last house of Hemp Village.
Taking a break on the way up.
What a great day for a hike!
Here we can see where the path on the wall is blocked. Beyond lies a military area.
This photo is taken at the western end of the Jinshanling Great Wall, with the Gubeikou Great Wall visible in the far distance.
A beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.
Hiking down along the Jinshanling Great Wall.
Looking out from inside a tower.
A broad view of the Jinshanling Great Wall. We'd walk all the way to the towers in the far distance.
Getting on to the renovated part of the Jinshanling Great Wall.
Hiking down a winding section.
Tourists on the way down from the cable car landing point.
Stopping to enjoy the view at a lookout point. Hiking guide Yolanda is well protected from the sun.
Just about to make the steep climb up to one of the larger towers.
Looking back along the wall. The parapets in the right bottom corner are a Great Wall feature only seen in a few areas.
This is one of the towers where commanding officers would have been posted.