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Switchback Great Wall, 2013/09/01

In Brief: 21 photos from our hike up to the Switchback Great Wall in Yanqing County.

Photography on the Great Wall, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

Hikers on the Great Wall in Yanqing County.

On this visit, we had lovely clear weather for hiking and got some excellent photos of an obscure section of Great Wall in Yanqing County.

We don't do this hike so often, because parts of it are very steep and tricky. But it's a great place to go for a good walk, with old, unrestored Great Wall winding through the hills.

Trail beside a steep section of Great Wall, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

The hike started off beside a steep section of Great Wall.

Spider, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

Before we could get on to the wall we had to pass this long-legged spider.

Hikers on Great Wall, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

After a quick break to drink some water we continued up along the wall.

A bee on a pretty plant, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

A bee on a pretty plant.

Great Wall covered by bushes, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

At some points the wall disappeared into the greenery.

A steep section of Great Wall, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

A view of the steep section of Great Wall that we were to climb on the way to the top.

Flowers growing on the Great Wall, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

Flowers growing on the Great Wall.

Taking photos of the Great Wall, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

Taking photos of the highest point on the hike.

Unrestored Great Wall, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

There were more stairs and steps to climb before we could get to the high point.

Clouds above a line of Great Wall, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

Clouds above a line of Great Wall.

Great Wall along a ridgeline, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

The wall here follows a ridgeline.

Great Wall in hills, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

A view back along the trail, showing where we'd walked up.

Switchback in the Great Wall, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

This is a shot of the ‘switchback’, where the Great Wall doubles back on itself.

Hiking the Great Wall, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

Before getting to the switchback section there was a lot of climbing up to do.

Flowers on the Great Wall, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

Flowers on the Great Wall.

Flowers on the Great Wall, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

Flowers growing on the Great Wall.

Great Wall  covered in grass and flowers, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

The Great Wall here is covered in grass and flowers.

Pretty plants growing on the trail, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

Pretty plants growing on the trail.

Flowers growing on the Great Wall, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

Flowers growing on the Great Wall.

Photography on the Great Wall, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

Another good place to take a photo.

Steep stairs on the Great Wall, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

A view of a steep set of stairs.

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