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Walk All the Way up the Great Wall

Last weekend, I visited a few sections of the Great Wall. I had an incredible walk on the wall and after 2 days of walk, I was really tired and yet satisfied that I had explored the wall up close and personal. I got to say I have never done so much walking in 2 days before. But what can I say? It is the Great Wall and one got to see it once in a lifetime. Here is how the whole walk went.

Juyongguan Great Wall

Honestly, I did not like it there at Badaling. It was kind of packed with crowds and very touristy, though the wall and other structures of the wall were very well restored and all. But I did enjoy walking Mutianyu and Juyongguan sections. As for Juyongguan section, it was the scenery of the snaking wall and the breathtaking countryside that really impressed me the most. My walk on the wall went very well and I also run into a few foreign travelers just like me. They asked me to help them to take a couple of group photos for them. Then we had a great conversation about the wall and other travel experiences we had to share with each other. It was really fun with someone to share the Great Wall experience. By the way, the great picture opportunities were all over the place. Everything was perfect that day, pleasant weather, sunny day yet not too hot, occasional clouds drifting above head, hardly anyone out there, so I got the wall kind of all to myself. All I had to do was just to take my time to take in everything that came my way on the wall.

Mutianyu Great Wall

The next day, I headed for Mutianyu for a walk and some sightseeing. It was also worthwhile and I loved it there too. The walk was great and I kept myself busy taking photos while walking on the wall. There were a few watch towers at Mutianyu that really grabbed my attention. I was sure I did not see something like that at other sections. The three towers kind of stood near each other and looked very impressive indeed. The views out there really took my breath away!

Overall, I really enjoyed every minute of my walking on the wall. It was just as incredible as it could be!

Amazing Hiking Experience

I have been in Beijing for a couple of days till last week. I did not have much time to myself as I was pretty much tied up with work. Lucky for me, I got 2 days off work, then I figured I might as well stretch some of my legs for a change. So I decided to go for a walk on the Great Wall. I contacted a tour guide that I knew on my last trip to Beijing.

Jinshanling Great Wall

In the morning, after my tour guide showed up, we jumped on a van and headed for Jinshanling to start our day trips. It took a few hours to get there as the section was located further away from the city proper. I planned 2 days for my hiking over there, so I had to stay for one night at the foothill. I was really glad I crashed for the night. It was definitely an essential rural experience for me. Anyway, enough with my accommodation. Back to my hiking on the wall. By the time we got to Jinshanling it was well into the afternoon. As usual, my tour guide took care of the entrance and we started to hike up the wall on foot, instead of grabbing a cable car up the wall. I got to say, the wall was really long and there were some parts which were very steep, making it hard to walk over. But it was worth it. By the time I got over the difficult parts of the wall, I was treated to quite a sight while standing on the highest point on the wall.

Truth to be told, I had never seen anything like that before. The views on the wall were just as breathtaking as they could be! The blue sky, the clouds, breeze and the snaking wall as well as the green-covered mountains - all made my hiking an unforgettable experience. All I got to do while hiking the wall was to take my time to enjoy myself and the incredible trek. It was really amazing to explore the wall at Jinshanling, especially those crumbling towers which totally took my breath away! By the time we had to get down the wall, I also witnessed the sunset on the wall. The sight vowed me, no doubt!

Overall, I really had a great time hiking the wall at Jinshanling!

Highlight Section of Great Wall

Last week I visited a couple of sections of the Great Wall. Got to say I was impressed by the wall. It is architecturally beautiful, looked up close and personal. I really enjoyed a great walk on the wall at different sections. To be honest, I just loved Jinshanling and Huanghuacheng Great Wall. Those sections were as amazing as they could be!

Huanghuacheng Great Wall

It was the second day of my visit to Beijing that I was taken to spend an entire day at Huanghuacheng by my tour guide. The Great Wall walk aside, I also crashed there for the night at a local farm house. The scenery at Huanghuacheng was one of a kind and the trails were kind of off the beaten path, which made our walk along the wall pretty hard and challenging. But it was all worth it. I was rewarded by the breathtaking views, amazing countryside landscapes as well as the out of the way outdoors. I really had a full day filled with fun, relaxing walk and blood-pumping adventure. The lodge at the farm house definitely is a bonus for my walk on the wall. I got a good rest that night and even had a great dinner prepared by the host of the farm house. The experience at Huanghuacheng was just as amazing as it could be and I really enjoyed every minute of it.

The next day right after I had my breakfast, together with my tour guide, we hit the road again. This time we headed for Jinshanling section. Our walk on the wall at Jinshanling was easier than what we had at Huanghuacheng as many parts of the wall were complete and well paved with stone. However, there were some parts along the way that caused us some trouble to march on. They were built on steep cliffs, making it hard to climb over. The watch towers at Jinshanling were mostly crumbled with only some ruins left - they felt like falling down at any minute. But I put together some courage and still got near them, which turned out a great experience. I am really glad I did that. I took dozens of great pictures over there. Moreover, while I was walking on the wall, I had also wished that I brought some camping gears, that way I could camp the night away at Jinshanling. Too bad that slipped my mind. Anyway, I really enjoyed a good time and had a lot of fun on the wall. Definitely once in a lifetime experience!

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