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Yanqing Great Wall, 2013/04/13

In Brief: Photos from a walk along wild wall on a windy weekend.

Our Yanqing Great Wall hike follows a line of old and rough Great Wall near the border of Beijing and Hebei.

The path we follow for this hike takes us on and off the wall quite a bit, and on this visit we were off the wall a little more than usual, worried about being blown off by the strong winds!

We stopped for lunch at a nice high point that we use sometimes as a campsite, and then continued on to finish at a small village at the end of a long valley, passing the village reservoir on the way to the carpark where we found our bus.

The bricks,Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall, 2013/04/13

The bricks of this tower have fallen away to reveal the interior, made of rammed earth.

the wall as we walked,Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall, 2013/04/13

The trail we followed took us on and off the wall as we walked.

the wall,Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall, 2013/04/13

Back on to the wall, and up!

It was a windy day,Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall, 2013/04/13

It was a windy day, and the skies had been blown clear.

the strong winds,Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall, 2013/04/13

We skirted the section in front – too crumbly to walk on, and we’d have been worried about being blown off by the strong winds.

Views of the mountains,Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall, 2013/04/13

Views of the mountains and Great Wall.

our lunch spot,Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall, 2013/04/13

We walked up this valley to get to our lunch spot.

stones,Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall, 2013/04/13

Hikers walking a tricky path, with this stretch of wall built out of rocks and stones.

The trail,Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall, 2013/04/13

The trail took us around this tower.

the Great Wall,Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall, 2013/04/13

Clouds over the Great Wall.

a service road,Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall, 2013/04/13

The last section of the hike took us off the wall and up to a service road for a radio repeater station.

a small countryside village,Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall, 2013/04/13

We finished in a small countryside village, a little bit further down from this reservoir.

Another photo of the reservoir,Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall, 2013/04/13

Another photo of the reservoir.

A small shrine,Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall, 2013/04/13

A small shrine in the village.

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