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Hiking photos - Yanqing Great Wall, 2011/11/05

The Yanqing Great Wall is one of our favourite remote stretches of wall, and the hike we do out there has a good amount of up and down along the way.

The wall out there was built during the early Ming Dynasty, perhaps on top of even older wall, and much of it is not in good shape. For most of the walk we followed a trail beside the wall.

We were a bit worried about the weather – much of the hike is quite high up – especially as it was raining in Beijing that morning. But there wasn’t rain (or snow!) out there, and, while it was around 3°C most of the day, it didn’t feel too cold as long as we were walking!

Below you’ll see a few photos from the hike – Great Wall, brown hills and mountains in the distance, overcast skies, and the nice warm restaurant where we finished up!

the wall stretching, Beijing Hikers Yanqing GreatWall, November05, 2011

Near the beginning of the hike, we could see the wall stretching off towards the high ridges in the distance.

large stones, Beijing Hikers Yanqing GreatWall, November05, 2011

Much of the wall in this area is built from large stones, with a bit of mortar holding them together still.

turning and twisting along the highest parts of the hills, Beijing Hikers Yanqing GreatWall, November05, 2011

The wall follows the main ridgeline, turning and twisting along the highest parts of the hills out here.

the distinctive peaks of Bijiashan, Beijing Hikers Yanqing GreatWall, November05, 2011

Off in the distance, the distinctive peaks of Bijiashan (Brush-rest Mountain) can be seen through the mist.

the wall here is quite narrow, Beijing Hikers Yanqing GreatWall, November05, 2011

Compared to much of the Great Wall built later in the Ming Dynasty, the wall here is quite narrow.

the end of the hike, Beijing Hikers Yanqing GreatWall, November05, 2011

Near the end of the hike we left the wall to follow a path through the hills.

this reservoir, Beijing Hikers Yanqing GreatWall, November05, 2011

When we see this reservoir, we know we’re almost done with the walking.

a light meal, Beijing Hikers Yanqing GreatWall, November05, 2011

Before heading back to the city we warmed up with a light meal—accompanied by a few beers, of course!

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