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Hiking photos – Yanqing Great Wall, 2012/02/25

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.

, Beijing Hikers YanqingGreatWall, November25, 2012

We could see the path we'd take on the hike, following the wall as it snaked along ridges.

, Beijing Hikers YanqingGreatWall, November25, 2012

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.

, Beijing Hikers YanqingGreatWall, November25, 2012

The wall here was constructed with rocks and mortar.

, Beijing Hikers YanqingGreatWall, November25, 2012

Hikers are silhouetted on a ridge.

, Beijing Hikers YanqingGreatWall, November25, 2012

We picked a sheltered, sunny spot for lunch.

, Beijing Hikers YanqingGreatWall, November25, 2012

The last part of the hike took us down a long valley.

, Beijing Hikers YanqingGreatWall, November25, 2012

We passed a frozen reservoir – a sign that we would soon be back to populated areas.

, Beijing Hikers YanqingGreatWall, November25, 2012

The road led out the valley to a small village.

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