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Switchback Great Wall, 2014/4/12

Photos from our hike along the Switchback Great Wall, in spring!

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In April we headed out to Yanqing District to hike a wild stretch of unrestored Great Wall that we call the Switchback Great Wall.

We changed it up a little by doing the hike in reverse, and it worked out to be a good choice.

With blue skies and the flowers blooming it was beautiful out there, and we got some good photos – see below!

Hikers on a trail beside the Great Wall - Switchback Great Wall, 2014/4/12

Hikers on a trail beside the Great Wall

Wild flowers blooming in the early spring - Switchback Great Wall, 2014/4/12

Wild flowers blooming in the early spring.

We stopped for a break after conquering a steep section - Switchback Great Wall, 2014/4/12

We stopped for a break after conquering a steep section

Good exercise with steep ascents and descents - Switchback Great Wall, 2014/4/12

Good exercise with steep ascents and descents.

A narrow section of the Great Wall, built on the cliff - Switchback Great Wall, 2014/4/12

A narrow section of the Great Wall, built on the cliff.

The Great Wall followed the ridgeline down into a valley - Switchback Great Wall, 2014/4/12

The Great Wall followed the ridgeline down into a valley.

The views on this hike were excellent: Great Wall and pink wildflowers - Switchback Great Wall, 2014/4/12

The views on this hike were excellent: Great Wall and pink wildflowers.

We were heading for the tower in the background - Switchback Great Wall, 2014/4/12

We were heading for the tower in the background.

We think these are azaleas! - Switchback Great Wall, 2014/4/12

We think these are azaleas!

We timed this hike just right for the flowers - Switchback Great Wall, 2014/4/12

We timed this hike just right for the flowers.

Another closer photo - Switchback Great Wall, 2014/4/12

Another closer photo.

For most of the hike we could smell the fragrance of this kind of flower - Switchback Great Wall, 2014/4/12

For most of the hike we could smell the fragrance of this kind of flower.

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