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