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Hiking photos - Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall hike, 2011/11/16

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At the beginning of the hike, we took a look at the Walled Village, originally a barracks during the Ming Dynasty. We first walked along the thick walls that surround the village, and then explored the lanes between the courtyard houses inside.

The walk to the nearby section of Great Wall was mostly flat, with only a very slight uphill gain. The trail took us through fields and chestnut orchards up to the Zhuangdaokou Great Wall, named for a nearby village.

From there, we followed the wall up and over a steep hill. From the highest tower of this section there were great views all around: distant hills and peaks, villages in countryside valleys, and more Great Wall.

, Beijing Hikers Huanghuacheng GreatWall, November16, 2011

We walked up a narrow road to the Walled Village.

, Beijing Hikers Huanghuacheng GreatWall, November16, 2011

The thick surrounding wall dates back to the Ming Dynasty; the power lines are a little more recent!

, Beijing Hikers Huanghuacheng GreatWall, November16, 2011

The grinding stone in the foreground doesn't look like it gets much use these days. Faded slogans painted in red can still be seen on the side of one of the houses.

The group starts, Beijing Hikers Huanghuacheng GreatWall, November16, 2011

We headed up and over this hill, following the wall.

The parts of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, Beijing Hikers Huanghuacheng GreatWall, November16, 2011

The previous photo was taken higher up on this unrestored stretch of the wall.

the steep climb up to the highest tower, Beijing Hikers Huanghuacheng GreatWall, November16, 2011

The steep stairs here have not been restored, and are quite tricky to climb.

This crumbling tower, Beijing Hikers Huanghuacheng GreatWall, November16, 2011

Reaching this tower, you might think you're about to arrive at the top—not quite!

Some of the towers, Beijing Hikers Huanghuacheng GreatWall, November16, 2011

Ahoy!

peaks and summits, Beijing Hikers Huanghuacheng GreatWall, November16, 2011

In the background, the main section of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall.

A few of the hikers, Beijing Hikers Huanghuacheng GreatWall, November16, 2011

We took a look at the Huanghuacheng Reservoir before heading back to the city.

A view back toward the hills, Beijing Hikers Huanghuacheng GreatWall, November16, 2011

This water freezes over in winter – quite a sight!