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Fully Explored the Great Wall

Been in Beijing for two weeks and never had a break from work to take in some sights in the city. Luckily, I had 3 days to spend at my own will, so I decided to pay a visit to see my favorite Chinese sight - the Great Wall. After comparing the different section of the wall, I added three sections to my itinerary.

Mutianyu Great Wall

My guide Jimmy picked me up from my hotel and then we hit the road to Mutianyu first. The ride was quite pleasant on our way over there. I first grabbed a cable car up the wall and then started to hike along the stone-paved path. I have spent about over 2 hours on the wall, walking, snapping pictures as well as taking in sights. The wall itself was well restored and very ideal for a leisurely walk. Afterwards, we hit the road again and this time we went to visit a huge graveyard called Ming Tombs. The scenic area is a lot of fun but there is nothing but a bunch of tombs down there. Then we headed to Jinshanling and stayed for the night at a small village at the foothill of the wall. Early in the morning on the next day, we hiked the wall at Jinshanling and the experience is even better than Mutianyu. I really had a great time up the wall and it is so much fun to hike through the steep path. Later we got down the wall from Simatai section and lodged at a farmhouse.

Jinshanlng Great Wall

The last day, we did an incredible trek on Simatai section and the path is even more dangerous than Jinshanling and I had to take some rest from time to time while hiking through those steep parts of the wall. As I could see, the section of the wall was not well restored and very wild and overgrown with shrubs and bushes. I got to say, hiking through the steep parts of the wall is very challenging to me but I was treated to quite a sight. The sight of the snaking wall undulating all the way up the rugged hills is just overwhelming. The trek I did on the wall is incredible too. The watch towers are so different from those at Mutianyu and very impressive.

Overall, the day-trip is no doubt the highlight of my stay in Beijing and I really enjoyed it to its fullest!