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Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

In Brief: Photos of the Walled Village, the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, and the Little West Lake reservoir on a blue sky hike.

The Huanghuacheng area has a pretty mixture of restored and unrestored Great Wall the, making it a good spot for a Great Wall hike. Add to that old barracks at the Walled Village, the chestnut orchards and fields, and the reservoir views, and there’s plenty to see while walking about.

On this hike we had lovely blue skies to go with all the greenery in the hills, and with Beijing Hikers’ Big Boss Huijie leading the way hikers got a lot of detail about the history of the area as well as a great hike.

Getting ready to set out - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

Getting ready to set out.

Outside the Walled Village, formerly an army barracks during the Ming Dynasty - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

Outside the Walled Village, formerly an army barracks during the Ming Dynasty.

We climbed up on the walls to get a better look at what was inside - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

We climbed up on the walls to get a better look at what was inside.

Beijing Hikers big boss, Huijie - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

Beijing Hikers big boss, Huijie.

Coming out of the Walled Village - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

Coming out of the Walled Village.

After looking about the Walled Village we set out on field trails, heading for the Great Wall - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

After looking about the Walled Village we set out on field trails, heading for the Great Wall.

The trail through the trees, on the way to the Great Wall - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

The trail through the trees, on the way to the Great Wall.

These trails through the orchards are used by villagers to carry out harvested chestnuts and walnuts - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

These trails through the orchards are used by villagers to carry out harvested chestnuts and walnuts.

The Great Wall is just visible on the ridge; we'd walk along that same stretch later on - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

The Great Wall is just visible on the ridge; we'd walk along that same stretch later on.

Photo time! - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

Photo time!

Some very steep steps on a partially restored section of wall - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

Some very steep steps on a partially restored section of wall.

Staying out of the sun as Huijie talks about different features of the Great Wall - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

Staying out of the sun as Huijie talks about different features of the Great Wall.

“Are we really going up there?” - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

“Are we really going up there?”

They made it up to the top - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

Steep!

Made it to the top of the steep stairs - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

Made it to the top of the steep stairs.

We hiked up through these towers - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

We hiked up through these towers.

Looking back the other way, to the Great Wall on the other side of the valley - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

Looking back the other way, to the Great Wall on the other side of the valley.

Taking a break in a tower while looking at the next part of the hike - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

Taking a break in a tower while looking at the next part of the hike.

A tricky section of broken down Great Wall - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

A tricky section of broken down Great Wall.

A steep section of the climb - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

A steep section of the climb.

The Great Wall is almost hidden amongst the greenery - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

The Great Wall is almost hidden amongst the greenery.

Lovely view of Great Wall below a blue sky - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

Lovely view of Great Wall below a blue sky.

looking across at the mountains - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

Looking across at the mountains.

Resting in the tower, out of the sun - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

Resting in the tower, out of the sun.

Looking back along the wall, with more Great Wall faintly seen in the hills in the background - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

Looking back along the wall, with more Great Wall faintly seen in the hills in the background.

A strongly-built tower - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

A strongly-built tower.

The Little West Lake reservoir - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

The Little West Lake reservoir.

Good lookout point - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

Good lookout point.

From up on the wall we had a super view of the Little West Lake reservoir - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

From up on the wall we had a super view of the Little West Lake reservoir.

Pleasure boats going back and forth - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

Pleasure boats going back and forth.

This is as far as we went on the wall here, with the extremely steep broken sections no fun to walk on - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

This is as far as we went on the wall here, with the extremely steep broken sections no fun to walk on.

Looking out across the reservoir - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

Looking out across the reservoir.

Getting ready to head down a hill trail to finish the hike - Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

Getting ready to head down a hill trail to finish the hike.

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