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Hiking photos – Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2012/03/24

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As spring arrives in Beijing, we often get very nice weather – clear blue skies, and very comfortable temperatures.

We had that sort of day for our March 24 hike along the Gubeikou and Jinshanling stretches of Great Wall, a hike where we tried to walk as far as we could!

We started off at Gubeikou, and followed the main line of wall there until we reached the 24-Eyes Tower. After a valley detour around a closed section of wall, we joined up again with the wall, and continued to the restored section at Jinshanling. We walked all of the Jinshanling section, and a few hikers walked on towards Simatai before heading back to meet the main group.

The wall in this area is a very good example of Ming Dynasty construction, and there are both restored and unrestored sections to get a look at.

the Gubeikou Great Wall, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall, March24, 2012

Getting started on the Gubeikou Great Wall.

a long valley, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall, March24, 2012

A view down a long valley.

the wall stretching, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall, March24, 2012

Looking back, we could see the wall stretching far into the distance.

Freshly-plowed, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall, March24, 2012

Freshly-plowed farmland below an old tower.

the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall, March24, 2012

Towers lead towards the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall.

the way we came, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall, March24, 2012

Looking back the way we came.

This stretch of wall shows crenellations and ramparts, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall, March24, 2012

This stretch of wall shows crenellations and ramparts in a style that is said to be unique to the Jinshanling Great Wall.

A closeup of the ramparts, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall, March24, 2012

A closeup of the ramparts that provide protection for archers.