The Yanqing Great Wall is one of our favourites for a good rugged hike. Much of it was constructed in the early Ming Dynasty, perhaps on top of older wall.
We had the hills all to ourselves on the slightly chilly day we visited—the only other person we saw was a farmer tending his out-of-the-way plot of crabapple trees.
We could see the path we'd take on the hike, following the wall as it snaked along ridges.
In this photo, two towers can be seen – one made of rammed earth (perhaps the foundation of a larger tower), the other made of brick.
The wall here was constructed with rocks and mortar.
Hikers are silhouetted on a ridge.
We picked a sheltered, sunny spot for lunch.
The last part of the hike took us down a long valley.
We passed a frozen reservoir – a sign that we would soon be back to populated areas.
The road led out the valley to a small village.