The Great Wall of China

Today is a day we’ve been looking forward to for so long! One of great wonders of the world! 🌏 Located just a few hours’ drive from Beijing, the Simatai-Jinshanling portion of the Great Wall of China offers some of the most beautiful views of the wall, both in wild and fully-reconstructed forms. We booked a small tour with a Chinese  guide who spoke English. The 2 hour van ride out of Beijing offered us some beautiful fall colors and views. 🍁🍂

After a chilly 20-minute walk upstairs towards the entrance, we hiked (yes, hiked!) over 3 hours and 3 miles along the wall to the final destination where a driver would be waiting to pick us up.

In between was a heavenly hike through the mountains that surprisingly included some of the steepest stairs we’d ever seen. 😅 We started our hike at a more remote and wild section and hiked towards a more restored section of the wall. Please enjoy these breathtaking views! ❤️

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The pictures hardly do it justice, so it’s worth making the trip to see this iconic world wonder.

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After a challenging hike, we had lunch with our small group at a local restaurant. It was great to talk with travelers from China, Philippines, and Seattle over a warm and delicious shared lunch.

We arrived back in Beijing at 7pm. A full 12 hour day! 😴

3 thoughts on “The Great Wall of China

  1. Wow the Great Wall of China is surely an iconic structure. The views of the wall and its surroundings are just picturesque. I was wondering those buildings in between the walk are for resting and bathrooms? That is some hike good for you guys got your exercise. The foliage is beautiful there too. Got to say this but was wondering if Trump is planning to build a wall like that along Mexico that would be something. Long day but bet it was worth it. Enjoy love ya both God bless

  2. Considering that it took 1700 years to be built, I wonder how did they avoid the Mongolians while in construction? Maybe, they asked them to wait for a while before invading.

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