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Hiking photos - Gubeikou to Jinshanling, 2010/01/09

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We recently scouted out a new place to start hiking at Gubeikou, adding on almost an hour of walking on the Great Wall. On this visit, the weather was perfect for hiking: cold, but clear with a lot of sunshine, and no wind. There was a bit of snow on the ground, but not so much that it made walking difficult. The hills and wall were deserted--perhaps because of the weather--and all in all this was a peaceful, picturesque, and very enjoyable walk along a scenic stretch of Great Wall.

Statistics: Approx. 5 hours in total, with 4 hours of walking over approx. 14km; starting height 205m, finish height 326m, highest point 480m. Estimated 2303kCal burned.

Great Wall and snow, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall hike, 2010-01-09

Starting out on the Great Wall at Gubeikou.

Great Wall tower, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall hike, 2010-01-09

A dilapidated tower.

Path through pines, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall hike, 2010-01-09

When not on the wall, we followed some nice trails through pines.

Great Wall and towers, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall hike, 2010-01-09

Like the Jinshanling section of the wall, Gubeikou also has towers at close intervals.

Hikers on Great Wall, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall hike, 2010-01-09

The clear air allowed great views the whole way.

Great Wall on hill, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall hike, 2010-01-09

We pushed on to the tower at the top before taking a rest.

Hiking group, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall hike, 2010-01-09

After a brief rest we snapped a group shot, and then continued.

Great Wall and pines in snow, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall hike, 2010-01-09

We enjoyed views of the Great Wall running along ridges and through snow and pine trees practically all day.

Snow print, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall hike, 2010-01-09

A nice spot for a rest!?

Snow on cornfields below a Great Wall tower, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall hike, 2010-01-09

Snow on the cornfields below a tower of the Great Wall.

Great Wall towers, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall hike, 2010-01-09

Getting close to the end.

Jetstreams, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall hike, 2010-01-09

Jetstreams over a tower at Jinshanling.

Lunch, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall hike, 2010-01-09

After an excellent hike we warmed up with some good hot food before heading back to the city.

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