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Hiking photos – Great Wall Spur, 2012/10/05

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!

peppers, Beijing Hikers Great wall spur, October05, 2012

At the start of the hike we walked through a village, and saw these peppers nearly ready to pick.

Goats, Beijing Hikers Great wall spur, October05, 2012

Goats are sifting through the remains of the chestnut harvest, looking for something to eat.

a disused hotel, Beijing Hikers Great wall spur, October05, 2012

This large ornamental gate marks the entrance to a disused hotel.

small reservoirs, Beijing Hikers Great wall spur, October05, 2012

The road up to the hotel took us past small reservoirs.

reached the wall, Beijing Hikers Great wall spur, October05, 2012

After a big hill climb, we reached the wall, and a tower.

climbed up on to the wall, Beijing Hikers Great wall spur, October05, 2012

This is where we climbed up on to the wall.

the beginning of the hike, Beijing Hikers Great wall spur, October05, 2012

Views of the hills, and the valley we drove up to reach the beginning of the hike.

the larger towers, Beijing Hikers Great wall spur, October05, 2012

A view inside one of the larger towers on the hike.

the Great Wall at Jiankou, Beijing Hikers Great wall spur, October05, 2012

Off in the distance is the Great Wall at Jiankou.

trees and shrubs, Beijing Hikers Great wall spur, October05, 2012

The wall here is overgrown with trees and shrubs.

a trail on the wall, Beijing Hikers Great wall spur, October05, 2012

We followed a trail on the wall, through all the trees.

a makers' mark, Beijing Hikers Great wall spur, October05, 2012

Many of the bricks in this section bear a makers' mark.

the wall, Beijing Hikers Great wall spur, October05, 2012

We followed the wall down.

Another of the towers, Beijing Hikers Great wall spur, October05, 2012

Another of the towers, with the roof still intact.

Inside one of the towers, Beijing Hikers Great wall spur, October05, 2012

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.

the towers, Beijing Hikers Great wall spur, October05, 2012

A look at one of the towers, from below.

The wall continued to the east, Beijing Hikers Great wall spur, October05, 2012

The wall continued to the east. We don't walk this section, for obvious reasons!

On the way down from the wall, Beijing Hikers Great wall spur, October05, 2012

On the way down from the wall, we could see a section of it that wasn't in such good condition.

lady in front of her house, Beijing Hikers Great wall spur, October05, 2012

We finished out walking through another village, and saw this lady in front of her house.

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