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 of this tower have fallen away to reveal the interior, made of rammed earth.
The trail we followed took us on and off the wall as we walked.
Back on to the wall, and up!
It was a windy day, and the skies had been blown clear.
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 and Great Wall.
We walked up this valley to get to our lunch spot.
Hikers walking a tricky path, with this stretch of wall built out of rocks and stones.
The trail took us around this tower.
Clouds over the Great Wall.
The last section of the hike took us off the wall and up to a service road for a radio repeater station.
We finished in a small countryside village, a little bit further down from this reservoir.
Another photo of the reservoir.
A small shrine in the village.