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Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower Challenge, 2018/09/08

In Brief: When the AQI in Beijing is as low as 8, you know the views in the mountains are going to be amazing—see 31 photos from the Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower hike.

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Getting started on the hike.
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An overgrown trail by the Great Wall.
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Out on to the ridgeline.
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Views of rough Great Wall with mountains in the distance.
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Hiking towards a line of broken Great Wall.
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Got a bit off track here.
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Taking a break to see what's coming up next.
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We'd follow the long line of wall ahead.
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A lot of the first part of the hike was not on the Great Wall—it's not in such good shape after 400+ years of weathering.
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Some of the battlements remain.
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The wall here is mainly made of stones and rocks.
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Coming down a steep section.
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Down a dip.
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The rammed earth foundation of an old tower.
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Looking back along the wall.
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… and ahead.
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A tower on a corner offers good long views down towards Yanqing city.
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A closer shot.
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We'd continue along the wall in front.
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Blue skies match the blue t-shirt!
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We stopped here for a lunch break.
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Moving on again.
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Rough wall near the High Tower.
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About to leave the wall.
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Picnic time after the hike.
Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower Challenge, 2018/09/08 photo #33

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