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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!

Jinshanling
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!

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!

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