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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2016/07/02

In Brief: Ten photos of Great Wall, green hills, and blue skies, from our hike along the Switchback Great Wall.

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2016/07/02

Stepping down the Great Wall.

We started July’s hikes with a very pleasant walk up and down a line of Great Wall out in Yanqing District – green hills, blue sky, and great views.

The Switchback Great Wall trail is a few mountains west of the famous restored Great Wall at Badaling. On this visit we did the easier version of the trail, cutting out the super-steep climbs on the southern section.

Photos below!

Up on the wall, and a great shot of the General’s Tower, the tallest on this version of the hike - Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2016/07/02

Up on the wall, and a great shot of the General’s Tower, the tallest tower on this version of the hike.

The wall dips down, and then it’s a steep climb up - Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2016/07/02

The wall dips down, and then it’s a steep climb up.

On top of the General’s Tower - Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2016/07/02

On top of the General’s Tower.

Views of mountains and more Great Wall in the distance - Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2016/07/02

Views of mountains and more Great Wall in the distance.

The hike continued along the line of Great Wall seen in the background of this photo - Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2016/07/02

The hike continued along the line of Great Wall seen in the background of this photo.

Hiking down - Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2016/07/02

Hiking down.

A flatter part of the wall - Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2016/07/02

A flatter part of the wall.

We hiked up through the remains of a tower - Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2016/07/02

We hiked up through the remains of a tower.

Hiking down - Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2016/07/02

Hiking down.

We continued further along the wall, and then hiked down to finish in the village on the left of the photo - Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2016/07/02

We continued further along the wall, and then hiked down to finish in the village on the left of the photo.

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