The Cypress Wells Canyon is a popular place to hike among people who like challenges and enjoy getting close to nature.
We were walking along a plain dirt road which heads to an abandoned village. We had a nice break and picnic there, which gave us the energy to do the nxt part of the hike.
After nice long walk with a bit of climbing we got to an unrestored section of Great Wall, with nice views from the high point. Then we headed to the down the valley to the bus awaited us and enjoyed cold beer and snacks—a nice treat on a humid day.
On the way back we passed the ancient town of Yongning, and stopped for a look at a peaceful church which is very interesting and quite a sharp contrast to the surrounding architecture.
Drying wild mushrooms.
We followed a dirt road into the canyon.
Time for a break.
Walking along the countryside road and enjoying the nice view.
Paw prints on the dirt road.
1. Largeflower Larkspur
3. Glabrous Cinquefoil
4. Tube Clematis
1. China Bluebasin
2. Orange Sugarmustard
4. Stout Morningstarlily
A grasshopper investigating our walking stick.
Walking towards the old tower.
The wall here is constructed of stone. The towers were built later, and made from bricks.
The Great Wall extends all the way along this ridge. It's the second line of wall north of Beijing.
Leaving the Great Wall.
Nice view of the steep cliffs.
Yard of the Yongning Church.
Outside of the Yongning Church.
Beautiful stained-glass window.
The entrance of the church.
Old tower of Yongning town.