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Best Trek Experience

Last week me and my friend Joe spent two days exploring the Great Wall. Our guide Chen took us to visit a few sections of the Great Wall including Mutianyu, Jinshanling and Simatai. We really had a great time over there, enjoying our trek, taking in rural sights as well as exploring the wall itself!

Jinshanling Great Wall

First day we were taken to see the wall at Mutianyu and a section of Jinshanling. We made an early start for our visit to Mutinayu the day we set out with Chen. Our ride to Mutianyu took us over an hour to get there. We spent about two hours on the wall. The section of the wall was well restored, making our trek on the wall quite easy. All we had to do on the wall was walking around, taking in the sights and enjoying the refreshing outdoors over there! There were plenty of incredible picture opportunities during our walk on the wall. It was really amazing to see the snaking wall up close and personal. We really had a great time on the wall. After our lunch break, we hit the road for Jinshanling with Chen. We did our hike over there for over an hour before we got down the wall and found our way to our accommodation at a farm house nearby. Both of us had a full day, though tired and dead beat!

The next day we went to hike rest section of Jinshanling and part of Simatai. Those sections were kind of wilder than Mutianyu section, overgrown with shrubs and bushes, with crumbling paths along the way. Our trek on the wall got really difficult as part of the path was very steep and dangerous. It took us quite a long time to get a hang of climbing through those steep sections of the wall. Though the steep climbs were much of a challenge for us, we were rewarded to quite a sight, indeed! The views were breathtaking and the crumbling watch towers were just spectacular! It was hard to imagine how they survived the harsh surroundings over there. Moreover, the crumbling watch towers made great photos.

Overall, we both loved our hike between Jinshanling and Simatai and definitely want to do it again, given the opportunity. What a marvelous trip in Beijing!