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Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/13

In Brief: See 18 photos from an early summer camping trip on the Switchback Great Wall.

We love hiking on the Great Wall in this area, and we also know a spot for camping that is just perfect.

On this visit we were extra lucky – no traffic jams on the way to the mountains, clear blue skies the whole time, and a nice breeze to keep us cool up on the Great Wall.

The hike up to the campsite took us over the hills and up on to a line of unrepaired Great Wall that dates back to the early Ming Dynasty.

We set up camp on a high section of wall not far from the General’s Tower, the perfect place to watch the sunset.

Photos below!

Hiking up to the Great Wall - Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/15

Hiking up to the Great Wall.

A ruined arch, which was still standing a month or two ago - Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/15

A ruined arch, which was still standing a month or two ago.

Looking down from the General’s Tower - Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/15

Looking down from the General’s Tower.

The campsite is set up, and now it’s time for some refreshments - Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/15

The campsite is set up, and now it’s time for some refreshments.

Enjoying a cup of wine after a tough day of hiking - Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/15

Enjoying a cup of wine after a tough day of hiking.

Happy on the Great Wall - Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/15

Happy on the Great Wall.

The campsite is all set up - Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/15

Great spot for a campsite.

After setting up the camp we had time to relax in the sun - Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/15

After setting up the camp we had time to relax in the sun.

Dinner time - Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/15

Dinner time.

Sunset at the campsite - Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/15

Sunset at the campsite.

Sunset - Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/15

Sunset.

Packing up after breakfast - Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/15

Packing up after breakfast.

Setting off on the next day - Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/15

Setting off on the next day.

Group shot atop a tower - Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/15

Group shot atop a tower.

Some of the wall we hiked on the second day of the trip - Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/15

Some of the wall we hiked on the second day of the trip.

We hiked down this line of wall - Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/15

We hiked down this line of wall.

And we then hiked up this steep part - Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/15

And we then hiked up this steep part.

Great views from higher up. Way in the background is the General’s Tower - Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/15

Great views from higher up. Way in the background is the General’s Tower.

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