Our Gubeikou to Jinshanling hike is a moderately tough trek that takes in a long stretch of Great Wall along the border of Beijing and Hebei Province. On this visit in November, 2010, we enjoyed amazingly clear weather. From Gubeikou we could see easily see details of the towers of Simatai, some 20 kilometers in the distance.
We'd left our camera at home (or it might have been on a scouting trip in another province), but some of our hikers came to the rescue and supplied some great shots from the hike! Many thanks to Aimin, Allan, Betsy, Chase, and Ricky for the photos below.
Careless driving at Gubeikou Village. (Photo: Aimin)
Getting started at Gubeikou. (Photo: Ricky)
Hills and Great Wall. (Photo: Aimin)
The climb up to a tower. (Photo: Chase Coffield)
Hills and wall at Gubeikou. (Photo: Aimin)
The low road and the high road. (Photo: Betsy)
Stairs and a door on the near side of the tower indicate the Beijing side of the wall. (Photo: Aimin)
Over the course of a year, the scenery here changes. In winter, snow; spring, greenery; summer, cornfields; autumn, goats grazing on cornstalks. The tower stays the same. (Photo: Aimin)
Unrestored Great Wall at Gubeikou. (Photo: Allan)
Looking back over the Gubeikou Great Wall. (Photo: Aimin)
Jinshanling Great Wall in the foreground, Simatai Great Wall in the background. (Photo: Aimin)
Quite a few people had the same idea with this angle. Betsy took this photo.
Getting ready to head on to Jinshanling. (Photo: Chase Coffield)
Jinshanling Great Wall. (Photo: Chase Coffield)
Sunset seen from the bus on the way back (Photo: Chase Coffield).