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Longquanyu Great Wall, 2016/04/09

In Brief: Eleven photos of Great Wall, hills, valleys, and flowers from a hike at Longquanyu.

With recent repairs and renovations made to a previously ruined line of wall that was covered in trees, we were able to extend our Longquanyu Great Wall hike, and it turned out a little bit tougher than expected!

The first thirty minutes of the hike was reasonably flat, following repaired wall along a ridge. But soon we got to some steep parts, with the Great Wall going up and down between crags and boulders before descending all the way into a deep valley.

We continued along the wall, making a detour around more cliffs and then up on to an unrepaired and rough line of Ming Dynasty-era Great Wall.

The hike finished with us climbing down into another valley, and then up hill trails and through villages to end close by to where we began.

We had super views of Great Wall, mountains, hills, valleys, and flowers. See all the photos below.

It was a colourful hike – flowers in the hills, and bright clothing on the hikers - Longquanyu Great Wall, 2016/04/09

It was a colourful hike – flowers in the hills, and bright clothing on the hikers.

A dirt trail took us up to the Great Wall - Longquanyu Great Wall, 2016/04/09

A dirt trail took us up to the Great Wall.

The repaired line of wall at Longquanyu - Longquanyu Great Wall, 2016/04/09

The repaired line of wall at Longquanyu.

Wild apricot flowers - Longquanyu Great Wall, 2016/04/09

Wild apricot flowers.

Down at the first dip - Longquanyu Great Wall, 2016/04/09

Down at the first dip.

And heading up again, with the wall surrounded by flowers in bloom - Longquanyu Great Wall, 2016/04/09

And heading up again, with the wall surrounded by flowers in bloom.

To finish, we followed trails up a long valley - Longquanyu Great Wall, 2016/04/09

To finish, we followed trails up a long valley.

Sticks wedged into a gap in the rocks – spooky! - Longquanyu Great Wall, 2016/04/09

Sticks wedged into a gap in the rocks – spooky!

Birch trees in the valley - Longquanyu Great Wall, 2016/04/09

Birch trees in the valley.

A rustic little house in the valley - Longquanyu Great Wall, 2016/04/09

A rustic little house in the valley.

Aggressive geese - Longquanyu Great Wall, 2016/04/09

Aggressive geese.

And after we passed the geese, we hiked another thirty minutes to the finish.

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