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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!

Lifetime Hiking Experience in Beijing

Last week, I spent two days exploring the Great Wall at Jinshanling section. I did some hiking and serious sightseeing over those two days over there. It was fun and incredible. I really enjoyed every minute of it!

Jinshanling Great Wall

On the first day, I was picked up in the afternoon and taken to the destination on a van with my tour guide. The ride over there was kind of fun as my tour guide filled me in some history and stories about the Great Wall. She was very funny and knowledgeable. I could tell by the way she talked with me that she was very experienced too. After we arrived at Jinshanling, my tour guide led me up the wall and we started hiking up the western part of Jinshanling as planned. The Great Wall snaked upon the rugged ridge of the mountain, making the sight very impressive and marvelous to the eyes. The wall also stretched as far as the eyes could see and way into the horizon. My trekking on the wall was fun and very challenging too as some parts of the paths were crumbled and not restored. Sometimes the path got very steep, hard to get through, other times, the path very smooth and solid, easy to continue with my walking. While walking on the wall, I did not miss any chance to snap some fine photos. To be honest, great pictures spots were at every bend of the wall. All I needed to do was pick my favorite angle and snap away. The most incredible sight I saw on the wall was the sunset I caught right before we headed back. It totally took my breath away! At night I was arranged to crash at a farmer house.

On the next day, after I had my breakfast at the farm house, we headed for the eastern section of Jinshanling. This time, I did not rush to snap pictures but took my time to explore the wall. There were plenty of historical relics left on the wall. What interested me the most was the character-carved bricks. I was really excited to see them up close and personal. By the way, other structure on the wall was also very impressive, like the watch towers and beacon towers as well as some other relics. Though those towers and relics not in good condition, the sight of them was still breathtaking!

Overall, it was the best outdoor hiking I ever had while visiting China!

Incredible Outdoor Hiking

This 4-day vacation I had in Beijing just could not get any better than it did. I had so much fun and plenty of lifetime memories. Those days were crammed with hiking to the Great Wall at different sections.

Mutianyu Great Wall

I was first taken to see the Great Wall at Juyongguan and Mutianyu sections. The Great Wall at those two sections were well restored, making walking on the wall kind of easy and less challenging for me. I got a chance to see the Great Wall up-close and personal. I was so excited to see those structures on the wall, like the watch towers, beacon towers, fortresses and barracks. Juyonguan had it all, giving me a chance to see it all and a good sense of what the Great Wall was all about. To be honest, I preferred the Great Wall at Mutianyu section to Juyongguan, as vistas out there was even more dramatic and incredible. The incredible trekking on the wall aside, I also took my time to take in the fresh outdoor air, fascinating countryside landscapes. I really had lots of fun walking up and down on the wall, snapping decent photos as soon as I got my eyes fixed at some rare angles. At Mutianyu section, great picture spots were at every bend of the wall while I was hiking along. The vistas of the wall snaking upon the rugged mountains totally blew my mind. Totally loved it there!

Jinshanling Great Wall

My last two days, I visited the Great Wall at some off the beaten path sections, including Jinshanling and Simatai sections. Walking on the crumbling wall over there was pretty difficult for me, but that was part of the fun and made my adventure there worthwhile. My excursion to those off the beaten path wall remains was filled with blood-pumping experiences and lifetime memories! The views at Jinshanling and SImatai were kind of different from those at Mutianyu and Juyongguan, but still stunning and marvelous to the eyes. I also had a lot of fun trekking on the crumbling wall and having a good look at those ruins of the watch towers on the wall. The crumbling paths were surrounded by dense wilderness, making walking on the wall very difficult and challenging. The photos I got over there were even more amazing and rare. I really loved them and could not wait to show them to my family and friends back home!

Overall, it was a great vacation and I really enjoyed every minute of it!

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