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Incredible Great Wall Hiking in Beijing

This summer my Mom was visiting me in Beijing for a couple days. So I decided to take her to see the Great Wall of China. We picked some restored sections of the wall including Badaling, Mutianyu and Juyonguan. The next day we made an early start and all set for our day trips. Just as we finished our breakfast, our tour guide showed up and we jumped on a car and hit the road to Badaling first.

Badaling Great Wall

We took a cable car up the wall at Badaling and walked along the stone paved paths, among all the tourists. The Wall at Badaling, overall, was very impressive. It is just incredible how high and thick it was built. The wall seems to go on and on snaking over the crest of the mountains. Parts of it are incredibly steep, and we could not help but wonder how anyone managed to build such a thing, especially in a time with no modern construction equipment available. Badaling was kind of busy with crowds that day and we barely had some private space for our photos on the wall.

Juyongguan Great Wall

After lunch, we headed for Juyonguan with our guide. We enjoyed an incredible walk over there with not so many people out there like Badaling. The watch towers at Juyongguan were even more impressive and there was a huge city out there. Our experience at Juyongguan was just incredible, but that was not all. At the end of the day, we were arranged to crash for the night at a farm house located at the foothill at Juyongguan. It was definitely a whole new experience for both of us.

Early the next day, after breakfast, we hit the road again and this time we headed for Mutianyu section. We enjoyed an incredible walk over there too. And the views were just spectacular and took our breath away. At Mutianyu, there were plenty of paths and stairs very steep and it took us lots of efforts to get over them, But it was kind of adventurous and we were treated to quite a sight while standing on the highest point of the wall. Overall, we really enjoyed some quality time while exploring the wall outside Beijing. Definitely an essential Chinese experience for my mom!