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Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/1/27

In Brief: 15 photos from our Chinese New Year’s Eve Great Wall hike.

Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/1/27

We hiked hill trails on the way to the wall, which can be seen on the ridge in the middle distance.

Our Stone Valley Great Wall hike is a 10km loop trail that follows farmer’s tracks through valleys and up hills to get up on a rough line of unrepaired ‘wild’ Great Wall.

We hiked it on the last day of the lunar year. The air was cold, the skies were clear, and the views were superb – high up in the hills we could see little valley villages, taller mountains off in the distance, and we could see the Great Wall running up ridgelines into the faraway hills.

Cresting a rise - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/1/27

Cresting a rise.

Looking down at a village - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/1/27

Looking down at a village.

Hiking on a rough line of Great Wall - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/1/27

Hiking on a rough line of Great Wall.

Taking a look at the wall ahead, which we’d need to climb up - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/1/27

Taking a look at the wall ahead, which we’d need to climb up.

On the way up - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/1/27

On the way up.

Looking back along the wall - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/1/27

Looking back along the wall.

Through an arch - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/1/27

Through an arch.

The steep climb up to the General’s Tower - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/1/27

The steep climb up to the General’s Tower.

First there gets the best seat! - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/1/27

First there gets the best seat!

The entrance to the tower - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/1/27

The entrance to the tower.

Hiking down a steep section of broken Great Wall - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/1/27

Hiking down a steep section of broken Great Wall.

And up again - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/1/27

And up again.

This is a spot we sometimes use for camping. Not in winter, though – way too cold at night! - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/1/27

This is a spot we sometimes use for camping. Not in winter, though – way too cold at night!

We finished the walk by hiking down through a forest - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/1/27

We finished the walk by hiking down through a forest.

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