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Deep Visit to Jinshanling Great Wall

Come to Beijing visiting my grandfather, we booked this tour. From my father, I got Jinshanling Great Wall connecting closely with Chinese ancient history and culture from the architecture and original appearance. So I was very curious about this section.

Jinshanling Great Wall

On the departure day, tour guide picked us in the afternoon. We prepared some thick clothes, because we will stay at the Jinshanling Great Wall for overnight. My mother, father and I, we all got very exciting about everything. Driver is responsible helping us carry the luggage into the trunk. We got on the car chatting with tour guide - Anna. Her English is very fluent. We communicated from the Jinshanling Great Wall to modern Beijing.

Beijing suburb area is very tranquil with green trees. Even though it is the deep autumn season, I did not feel any dreariness. About two hour driving, we arrived at Jinshanling Great Wall. Under the leading of tour guide, we started hiking from the west section. It is indeed that Jinshanling Great Wall is the witness of history. All the walls are almost ruined seriously. What reflected to my eyes are wild appearances and features. We climbed on. The road is very easy to pass through. I the gaps of the bricks, it is full of the wild grasses. Watch towers are not like that in Badaling Great Wall. There was no roof on them. Standing inside, watching the sky, a kind of sophisticated feeling come to me. I did not know how to express the feeling. I only got the ancient culture clearly!

Gradually, we saw the red sunlight sending out from the west direction. It is just like playing the hide-and-seek with us. So charming the sunset view! We stand on the Jinshanling Great Wall seeing the great phenomenon. Sometimes, there are few birds flying away bringing us the hops and happy atmosphere. I felt we are situating in the edge of the sky, feeling everything and the life of this section. In the night, we stayed at the local farm house deep experiencing the local farm life and the delicious farm dishes. The hosts are passionate taking care of us all the time. We cultivated warm relationship with them. Even though, they cannot speak English, we can really get their sincere.

I liked this two days Jinshanling Great Wall tour too much. It brings us not only the climbing tour but a warm and meaningful life experience!

Thrilling Adventure

Last week I went off the beaten path to visit the wild sections of the Great Wall with a few friends. The trip went very well and we all had a great time and a lot of fun that day.

Gubeikou Great Wall

Our guide picked us up from the hotel and then we hit the road on a van ride. We first visited the Great Wall at Gubeikou section. The wall is so off the beaten path there and the paths are broken all over the place. The hills are very steep and it is really difficult to climb up and down the broken paths. But that is part of the fun while hiking the wild wall. Soon we all got tired and had to take some rest after over an hour of puffing up and down the ruined paths. The wild wall is overgrown with bushes and shrubs, making our hiking even more difficult. But we were treated to quite a sight up on the wall. The snaking wall zigzags its way up the rugged hills till it disappears into the far horizon. We took plenty of great pictures while hiking along the wall. We all got an opportunity to see what the original wall looks like on our trip down there. The hiking we did up on the wall is so exciting and we had so much fun while puffing up and down the overgrown paths.

Later we had lunch at the foothill and moved on to visit the Great Wall at Jinshanling. We only visited the eastern part of the wall there. The wall down there is a lot easier to hike than Gubeikou but still very steep. There were few people hiking on the wall down there and we all felt we had the wild wall all to ourselves. The experience is just incredible and we really had a great time on the wall just we did at Gubeikou. Our guide also told us a lot history about the wall. That made our hiking even more fun and enjoyable. It is just amazing to take in the ruins down there and the scenery is very spectacular. Moreover, there are so many great photo opportunities at every bend while hiking up and down the wall. Later our adventure travel ended on a pleasant note and we all got a safe ride back to our hotel.

Overall, the trip is quite an essential Chinese experience!

Truly Worthy Tour

Last time in Beijing, I have visited Beijing Badaling Great Wall and Mutianyu Great Wall. I like these magnificent buildings very much. Last Thursday, under the suggestion of my girl friend, we booked Jinshanling Great Wall day tour. We all felt exciting and this tour is finished so perfect!

Jinshanling Great Wall

The English of the tour guide is very perfect that everyone can know what she said. Even though more than 15 tourists share the bus, we cultivated very harmonious atmosphere. The traffic in Beijing downtown area is heavy but the driver is very skillful. He successfully got rid of the mass. About three hours driving, we came to the foot of Jinshanling Great Wall. What impressed me deeply is the tranquil environment, less tourists, fresh environment and magnificent Great Wall building. We wandered and appreciated leisurely deeply tasting the local culture.

After sharing some tips of hiking, we departure. Almost all the bricks have been destroyed. The sophisticated ancient wall is just in front of us. It is really the wild section with original feature without any decoration. I was very interested in this kind of atmosphere. The journey is very easy to climb. We climbed while appreciating the sceneries passing by. Walking on the ruined ground, I felt I have gone into the past years. About twenty minutes walking, we came to the legendary watchtower. This watchtower has lost its roof with destroyed walls. We choose one corner to sit down to enjoy the sophisticated section and quiet environment. My girl friend likes drawing very much. She carefully described this world wonder with her hand. I wandered around and took many pictures. To be different from other watchtowers, this watchtower is full of wild grasses in the gaps. After relaxing, we went on our journey. There was no vender on the hiking way. We communicated with each other and talked about the background of this section. We came to the famous Wangjing Tower, General Tower and the Taochun Tower. They are all the must-see scenic spot in the Jinshanling Great Wall. On the whole journey, tour guide gave us the legend why it is called Jinshan, sounds very interesting.

Turning back to see the journey we have passed through, I felt very proud. The scene cannot be described by words. There was no shopping on the whole journey. We really adventured a nice holiday!

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