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Hiking on the Great Wall of Beijing

It is my first time visit to Beijing China last week. I spent a couple of days in there. Aside from visiting some historical sites in the city, I also explored outside city proper. Of course, the Great Wall was on the top of my bucket list. My visit to the Great Wall covered several sections and took me two days. It was fun and totally worth it!

Jinshanling Great Wall

My tour guide met me at the hotel and we hit the road to Mutianyu first on a van. The ride over there took us about over an hour and the minute the van came to a stop, we headed to the wall. Looking from a distance, the Great Wall was impressive and very eye-catching. My excitement built up along the wall over there. It was my first time to see the Great Wall up close and personal. Upon arriving at the entrance, we got the tickets and paid some money for a cable car ride up the wall. The lift ride was short, but I did get a bird's eye view of the wall on the chair lift. It was really amazing to see the wall from above. Upon landing on the wall, we started hiking forward on the stone paths. Mutianyu is well restored, making trekking on the wall easier and quicker. My walk on the wall was all about fun, relaxation and taking in the fresh outdoor air. I really had a good time walking here and there on the wall. There were so many great picture opportunities on the wall, so I kept busy snapping some fine pictures, forgetting that I got company all along.

The next day, we headed for another section of the Great Wall, which is not as well-restored as Mutianyu. But I liked it even more than I did at Mutianyu. The section we headed to is called Jinshanling, which is so different from what I saw at Mutianyu. I was told that all sections of the Great Wall hold their own, compared with others, according to my tour guide. My visit to Jinshanling was king of like what I did at Mutianyu, walking the wall, taking in the countryside landscapes and the like. However, walking at Jinshanling is harder than I did at Mutianyu. There were some parts along the way very steep and I had to be extremely careful not to fall off the wall. Overall, I had great 2-day excursion!