on chinese new year Feb 23, 2012 we hiked the beautiful unrestored section of the Great Wall that is further outside the city than the crowded main tourist sites, and much quieter. Starts in the village of Gubeikou located on the Yanshan mountain range we’ll clamber onto the Great Wall and begin walking in the direction of Jinshanling.We can see all the way to Simatai, an impressive, towering section that is unfortunately no longer accessible. As we pass through abandoned Ming Dynasty towers, we observed how both the towers and the Wall itself were constructed. We counted 3 tourists like us at the same time hiking. Well deserved full blown chinese meal in a local's home drinking Yanjing beer afterwards. The whole trip was organized for us by beijinghikers.com who have knowledgeable and experienced guides. We highly recommend them.
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