7 May 2013

Double Camping on the Great Wall – Sleep two nights inside watchtower

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Our program begins at Gubeikou, a strategically vital section of the Great Wall that even played a large part in the defense of Beijing against the Japanese in the 1930s. Largely unrestored, the hiking here is a great source of exercise. We’ll soon make our way to Jinshanling, a picture-perfect setting with grand brickwork and watchtowers as far as the eye can see. For the night, we’ll camp in a Jinshanling watchtower, an experience you are sure to cherish. The next day we’ll make our way to the western portion of Simatai (the rest of the section is closed for the time being), which, like Gubeikou, has been left in its natural state. The climbing here is steep, so the trekking here will be a bit tougher than what you’re used to. We’ll close out your Great Wall adventure by visiting Badaling, but don’t worry; this isn’t the touristy Badaling that is always packed to the gills. This Badaling is unrestored “Wild Wall” that is much more interesting to hike than its other namesake. We’ll finish at Shixiaguan, an almost unbroken piece of Great Wall that is set in a lovely patch of hill and mountains.

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