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5 Days Great Wall Hiking, Exciting!

Been in Beijing for quite a while and spent a great time in the city. Most memorable experience is no doubt my visit to the Great Wall. Visited a whole bunch of sections of the wall. Had so much fun and plenty of experiences of lifetime.

Mutianyu Great Wall
It was the Great Wall at Badaling, Juyongguan and Mutianyu sections that I was taken to see first. The Great Wall at those sections was very well restored, making the walk on the wall easier than those I visited the next few days. It was really amazing to see the Great Wall up-close and personal. I took my time to explore those structures on the wall, such as the watch towers, beacon towers, fortresses and barracks. Juyonguan was marvelous and very complete, with city wall well preserved and restored, giving me a chance to see it all and a good sense of what the Great Wall was all about. I did not enjoy my visit to Badaling, very crowded and too touristy. The wall at Mutianyu section is nothing special, but the scenery out there was even more dramatic and incredible. While hiking all the way up the wall, I also took my time to take in the fresh outdoor air, fascinating countryside landscapes. It was really fun and so exciting to walk up and down the stone path, snap great photos the minute I found something fascinating. At Mutianyu section, great photo opportunities were at every bend of the wall. The sight of the wall snaking upon the rugged mountains completely blew me away. Really had fun out there!

For the last few days, I ventured further off the beaten path sections, including Jinshanling and Simatai sections. Climbing up the crumbling path over those sections was very challenging to me, but that was part of the fun and full of exciting experiences. Puffing up and down on the crumbing path was something I never did before and it was really a whole new experience! The sights I took in at those sections were so much better than those at Mutianyu and Juyongguan, I really loved it out there. How I wished that I could set up a tent out there and spend the night. The crumbling paths were overgrown with bush and shrub, making every step much of a challenge. The photos I got over there were even more amazing and rare and I hope they do justice to the sight out there.

Overall, best wall experience I ever had in Beijing!

World Wonders Exploration

I do not know why I house so many interests in Chinese ancient times and rooted culture. My father ever told me that if I want to have a deep understanding about Chinese ancient culture, Great Wall will be the must-see. So, last week, I booked the 2 days Great Wall tour, really exciting and memorable. With my girlfriend, we enjoyed two days on Great Wall and learnt a lot!

Mutianyu Great Wall

First attraction is Mutianyu Great Wall. On the way to the destination, my girl friend and I, we imagined and thought its appearance. First time hiking Chinese Great Wall, really exciting. One arrived at this Mutianyu, we were all influenced by the green area. Yes, this Great Wall is decorated with large scale forests. We cannot see the Great Wall building clearly but impressed by the tranquil environment and charming sceneries. It is the early autumn period that all the plants still reach the utmost vigorous appearance. The building construction of Mutianyu Great Wall is complex than the book said. The watchtowers are designed very complex. We should walk down to enter. The darkness space led us walk into ancient times, really. Only the place that the window decorated is bright. From the delicate watchtower, appreciated the outside, surprisingly, the whole sceneries poured into my vision.

Jinshanling Great Wall

Compared to Mutianyu, Jinshanling Great Wall showed much more sophisticated. I liked it very much. It was completely keeping the original appearance without any decoration. Almost all the sections are ruined down. From the bricks, we can read the history prints. We start our hiking from the east section. Tourists here are less than Mutiany. We packed the bag hiking for the west direction. Road is very easy to pass through. Sometimes we just sited on the earth to appreciate the sceneries surrounded. There was no disturbing. All my minds were vacant. At that time, I really want the time stopped. Getting close to the west section, we arrived at the Gubeikou Great Wall. It showed us another typical appearance. Once walked further, the steps became steep and dangerous. We helped each other, counted the watchtowers we have passed through. Proud feeling started to dance in our heart.

Now, when I see the pictures I took in the Great Wall, all my minds all run to China. It will be the most important lesson that I learnt in China world wonders!

Highlight of Our Great Wall Experience

For the last few days, I have visited the Great Wall at different sections with my brother Joe. It was really a fun and exciting excursion we did and it was full of overwhelming experiences. Part of the wall was well restored yet too touristy while other part left to nature and very wild. Both of us just loved the fragments of the wall off the beaten road. Our adventure to those sections was absolutely the highlight of our wall experience.

Simatai Great Wall

First highlight is of course the section called Jinshanling and Simatai. We have heard of the section before but we never expected it would be so wild and dangerous to trek through. We had to be extra careful with every step on the crumbling path overgrown with shrubs and bushes, making it very hard to trek through. But that was part of the adventure we were looking for and it was so thrilling to climb up and down the path. The trek we did was definitely much of a challenge for both of us and we had to stop from time to time to get some rest and in the meantime snap some great photos. The views out there on the snaking and crumbling wall were incredible and very spectacular and completely blew us away! The crumbling wall is way better than the restored wall, especially those crumbling watch towers which made great photos. By the way, it was a sunny day and we both enjoyed trekking along the crumbling path out there that day!

Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Another our favorite section is Huanghuacheng. The section of the wall is also off the beaten road and so different from all of the other sections of the wall. There were reservoir, dam and lakes out there, all sitting near the wall, making the sight very unique and rare. We had an incredible trek down there too and enjoyed exploring the combination of the wall and the lake. Our excursion over there was full of adventure and blood-pumping experiences and it was just incredible to trek through the wilderness out there. The wall itself out there was very old and wild too. Trekking along the crumbling path felt like traveling back in time and it was just amazing to explore the wall in that way!

Overall, it was a memorable wall experience we had in Beijing! Great Wall and great vacation!

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