We did a lot of hiking during the big October holiday, and enjoyed excellent weather. We tried to pick out locations that were less likely to see a lot of tourists, and the Great Wall Spur hike worked out very well in that regard.
As well as not being on the tourist trail, the views on the hike were very nice, with some of the autumn colours starting to show – scroll down to see some shots!
At the start of the hike we walked through a village, and saw these peppers nearly ready to pick.
Goats are sifting through the remains of the chestnut harvest, looking for something to eat.
This large ornamental gate marks the entrance to a disused hotel.
The road up to the hotel took us past small reservoirs.
After a big hill climb, we reached the wall, and a tower.
This is where we climbed up on to the wall.
Views of the hills, and the valley we drove up to reach the beginning of the hike.
A view inside one of the larger towers on the hike.
Off in the distance is the Great Wall at Jiankou.
The wall here is overgrown with trees and shrubs.
We followed a trail on the wall, through all the trees.
Many of the bricks in this section bear a makers' mark.
We followed the wall down.
Another of the towers, with the roof still intact.
Inside one of the towers is this tablet, inscribed with a record of the work done during construction. This stretch was built in the fifteenth century.
A look at one of the towers, from below.
The wall continued to the east. We don't walk this section, for obvious reasons!
On the way down from the wall, we could see a section of it that wasn't in such good condition.
We finished out walking through another village, and saw this lady in front of her house.