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Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/1/14

In Brief: Sixteen photos from a beautiful blue sky hike along the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng.

Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/1/14

Hiking up to a tower on the Huanghuacheng Great Wall.

The weather was perfect for this walk on the Huanghuacheng Great Wall – cold but not too cold, and lovely and clear.

On the drive to the start of the hike we passed a section of Great Wall that dipped down into a reservoir. We’d be hiking down that part of wall to finish the walk, but it would take us a while to get to that point – we had quite a lot of hiking to do before we would be back there.

We also had quite a lot of hiking to do to get to the wall itself!

First we hiked up into the hills, stopping for a look at a Ming Dynasty-era barracks.

Then we climbed a big hill, passing through forests and farmland before a steep climb up to the top.

From the top we were on the wall almost all the way to the end, starting on unrestored ‘wild’ wall, and finishing on a restored section before finally arriving at that same section by the reservoir.

Photos below!

Hiking in to find the old barracks - Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/1/14

Hiking in to find the old barracks.

Standing on the wall of the barracks - Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/1/14

Standing on the wall of the barracks.

Starting the hike through the farmland - Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/1/14

Starting the hike through the farmland.

We could see the wall on the hills in front - Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/1/14

We could see the wall on the hills in front.

The wall in this area dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The locals say that some of the chestnut trees here are of a similar age - Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/1/14

The wall in this area dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The locals say that some of the chestnut trees here are of a similar age.

Hiking along field trails - Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/1/14

Hiking along field trails.

Taking a break before the big climb - Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/1/14

Taking a break before the big climb.

Up on the wall - Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/1/14

Up on the wall.

Huanghuacheng’s ‘wild’ wall - Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/1/14

Huanghuacheng’s ‘wild’ wall.

The final tower of the unrepaired section - Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/1/14

The final tower of the unrepaired section.

A steep climb up to a tower - Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/1/14

A steep climb up to a tower.

Taking a break while others catch up - Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/1/14

Taking a break while others catch up.

Looking back on the trail. We started the wall walk on the tower at the top right of the photo - Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/1/14

Looking back on the trail. We started the wall walk on the tower at the top right of the photo.

Taking a break at the top of the repaired section - Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/1/14

Taking a break at the top of the repaired section.

Starting to head down to the finish - Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/1/14

Starting to head down to the finish.

Far below, the frozen reservoir - Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/1/14

Far below, the frozen reservoir.

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