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Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

Blue skies, green leaves, persimmons, and Great Wall on our Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village hike.

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We headed out to Huairou for a moderately difficult Great Wall hike, following a valley trail up to the Great Wall at Zhuangdaokou, and then walking the wall on the way to the Walled Village.

A lovely day for hiking: blue skies, green leaves, persimmons, and a rather steep piece of Great Wall!

Getting started at the beginning of the trail - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

Getting started at the beginning of the trail.

And we’re off hiking - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

And we’re off hiking.

We walked past persimmon trees - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

We walked past persimmon trees.

Persimmons won’t be ripe until November, when they turn orange - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

Persimmons won’t be ripe until November, when they turn orange.

The trail took us through cornfields - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

The trail took us through cornfields.

This little bridge crosses a dried stream bed - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

This little bridge crosses a dried stream bed.

We hiked up a valley into the hills - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

We hiked up a valley into the hills.

The hiking team taking a break - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

The hiking team taking a break.

Clouds over the Great Wall - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

Clouds over the Great Wall.

The steep stairs on this part of the Great Wall have been renovated. Past the tower at the top, the Great Wall here is in ‘wild’ condition - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

The steep stairs on this part of the Great Wall have been renovated. Past the tower at the top, the Great Wall here is in ‘wild’ condition.

Almost at the top - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

Almost at the top.

Looking back, we could see the Great Wall on the other side of the valley - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

Looking back, we could see the Great Wall on the other side of the valley.

We continued along the unrestored section - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

We continued along the unrestored section.

Great Wall framed by an arch - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

Great Wall framed by an arch.

We always like to see NZ rugby fans on the hikes - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

We always like to see NZ rugby fans on the hikes.

The Great Wall here is almost hidden by bushes and trees - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

The Great Wall here is almost hidden by bushes and trees.

Another look back at the Great Wall on the other side of the valley - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

Another look back at the Great Wall on the other side of the valley.

After coming down from the Great Wall, we walked a field trail - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

After coming down from the Great Wall, we walked a field trail.

Continuing along the field trail - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

Continuing along the field trail.

A shot of a line of Great Wall that follows a tall ridgeline - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

A shot of a line of Great Wall that follows a tall ridgeline.

And after the hike, a delicious meal at our favourite local restaurant - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

And after the hike, a delicious meal at our favourite local restaurant.

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