The Nine-Eyes Tower hike takes us up to an old tower that had nine windows, or “eyes,” on a side, giving it its name. Our route started in the village of Xizhazi, at the foot of a ridge. The Great Wall runs along the top of the ridge, so our day began with an uphill hike to reach the historic structure.
Once we reached the Wall, we had to continue following it along a tricky, broken-down section in order to reach the Nine-Eyes Tower. From the tower, we had amazing views of the north side of Jiankou, the Chinese Knot, and the Great Wall Spur. After exploring the ruins of an old barracks, we descended down the face of the ridge to rejoin the lower section of the Great Wall and picked our way along it towards the Chinese Knot.
Some parts of this section of the Wall are so broken down that we had to skirt along the side of it, rather than stay directly on top of it the whole way. Eventually, we reached the foot of the Chinese Knot. From there, we headed back down to Xizhazi, where we enjoyed our post-hike refreshments.