Great Wall Spur

I have had visited part of the wall, Ba Da Ling some years ago, but find it too commercialised and at the time there were too many locals as well as overseas tourists with too many guided tours. It was packed.

I was on a two week business trip to Beijing, China. Given the opportunity to live and work in Beijing , I tried to make the most of it while I was there. I came across the Beijing Hikers club that organised hiking trails around the area. And I was lucky that there was a trail to hike an unrestored stretch of Great Wall on the weekend. It was part of the Great Wall which was built during the reign of the Ming Dynasty and it is located estimate two hours away from the Beijing downtown.

The hike is approximately 7.5km, and take around 4 hours to complete. We started the climb at 229m and reached the peak at 782m. The starting of the climb was tough as there were a few sections with steep ascending to climb. Once I overcome the first 2km and reached to the top, the rest of the trail got easy.

The view from the top is breathtaking. I continue the trail to walk along the unrestored walls, passed by few towers and finished at a big tower before we climb down to a rustic village.

Wild and immense view from the top
Spotted words most likely scribble by the soldier who was stationed there

There is a local saying “不到长城非好汉”,literally means in English “One who fails to reach the Great Wall is not a true man”.

I climbed to the top of the tower and the view from the big tower is much astonishing.

More photos taken.

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