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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!

Adventure Travel to Simatai Great Wall

As one of the most sought-after sights and world heritage sites in China, the Great Wall is well worth adding to your travel list while visiting Beijing. For those who want to experience the ultimate adventure travel in Beijing, the Great Wall at Simatai section is definitely for you!

Simatai Great Wall
Brief Introduction to Simatai
As a most representative part of Great Wall, Simatai Great Wall has long enjoyed a high prestige all over the world. Simatai Great Wall is cut off into two parts by Yuanyang Lake. This lake came into being as a result of two springs, one freezing cold, the other extremely warm. Therefore, when winter comes, the mist will float over the lake which is not frozen at all. The eastern part of Simatai Great Wall zigzags upon knife-cut mountain ridge and within 2.4 miles it climbs up from 295 meters up to 986 meters. Looking from afar, Simatai Great Wall is no less than a giant dragon flying from the lake way up into the sky. Standing upon the Great Wall, looking far into the distance, a wide open view of north China will immediately come into your eyes, the mountains, rivers and the clouds varying in different shapes and sizes.

What to Explore at Simatai
Along this tourist line of Simatai Great Wall, you can also get a glimpse of a series of famous scenic spots, like the legendary Wangjing Tower, Maoyan Tower and Xiannv Tower, as well as the splendid Shoulv Ridge, Ladder of Heaven, Great Wall in the air and various Watch Towers, Block Wall, One-side Wall, Spring of Heaven, Giant Turtle Stone and so on. These splendid and marvelous views are only available at Simatai Great Wall. Climbing up the gentle western part of Simatai Great Wall, you will be filled with lots of fun and shock. While touring around on the wall, you can also get a glimpse of a large amount of ancient structures and decorations. You definitely will be marveled by their delicacy and splendor. These countless incomparable attractions owe a great deal of credits to the unique landforms of Yanshan Range, unrivaled location and the joined efforts of the people from Ming dynasty.

Overall, the adventure experience at Simatai is one of the must-do things for visitors to Beijing!

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