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Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/03/05

In Brief: 25 photos from a hike along the Longquanyu Great Wall.

The Longquanyu Great Wall is found in the hills north of the Ming Tombs, and it's a short section with some very steep climbs.

The weather for the hike was nice and warm – as though spring had arrived early! The scenery in the hills hadn't caught up, though: all brown and bare, and the Little West Lake was still fully frozen.

We hiked through a little village to begin the hike, and then climbed the hills behind the village to find the Great Wall.

We followed the Great Wall through the hills, climbing up to a high point, then down into a valley, and then up a super steep section to get to the highest point in the area. A tough climb, but well worth it for the views.

To finish the walk we hiked out past the Little West Lake, a reservoir in the hills.

See 24 photos from the walk on the wall, right here!

On our way to the Great Wall we passed through a small village - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

On our way to the Great Wall we passed through a small village.

Taking a break on the way up to the Great Wall. Almost there! - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

Taking a break on the way up to the Great Wall. Almost there!

Red ribbons marking the trail on to the Great Wall - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

Red ribbons marking the trail on to the Great Wall.

Our hike took us up on to a restored section of Great Wall - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

Our hike took us up on to a restored section of Great Wall.

Jon is taking a break - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

Jon is taking a break.

Louise up on top - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

Louise up on top.

Louise's view from the top. We'd be heading for the tall tower on the other side - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

Louise's view from the top. We'd be heading for the tall tower on the other side.

Louise is coming down from the top! - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

Louise is coming down from the top!

A few photos before the beginning of the big climb up the other side - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

A few photos before the beginning of the big climb up the other side.

This is a restored section, and rather tricky to climb - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

This is a restored section, and rather tricky to climb.

On the way up - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

On the way up.

Some big steps here - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

Some big steps here.

A really steep part of the climb - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

A really steep part of the climb.

Looking back down. We came over from the Great Wall in the background - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

Looking back down. We came over from the Great Wall in the background.

Almost at the top - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

Almost at the top.

Made it! - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

Made it!

We finally got to the top of the steep section - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

We finally got to the top of the steep section.

We all needed time to catch our breath after that steep climb - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

We all needed time to catch our breath after that steep climb.

An excellent spot for a break, superb views all around - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

An excellent spot for a break, superb views all around.

Here we had to jump off the wall - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

Here we had to jump off the wall.

Bit tricky here - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

Bit tricky here.

And then climb back on around the corner - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

We climbed back on the Great Wall around the corner.

Down below, the reservoir was still frozen - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

Down below, the reservoir was still frozen.

After the hike we enjoyed a big meal at a countryside restaurant - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

After the hike we enjoyed a big meal at a countryside restaurant.

Delicious! - Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

Delicious!

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