Hiking on the Gubeikou Great Wall

Gubeikou: Picture of wall.

Gubeikou is a few hours from Beijing.

Having lived in Beijing for the last three years, Katie and I have visited the Great Wall many times. Contrary to popular belief, the Great Wall isn't one continuous wall. There are many sections; some have eroded to almost nothing, others remain relatively intact, and still others that have been completely restored to their former glory. My favorite sections (as you probably guessed) are un-restored, yet still hike-able.

Gubeikou (古北口) fits the bill perfectly. It's one of the easier sections to hike, it typically draws few tourists, and the surrounding landscape is spectacular. It's only a few short hours from Beijing, so if the Great Wall is on your travel radar, Gubeikou is a great section to consider visiting.

Here are some photos I took on a springtime hike to Gubeikou with my wife Katie and our friends John and Courtney:

Gubeikou: Picture of village.

We stayed in a village at the base of the wall.

Gubeikou: Picture of train.

The train came very close to the wall.

Gubeikou: Picture of wall.

A lot of this section of the wall is nothing but a trail, nowadays.

Gubeikou: Picture of Katie and Dan.

A “Great” day for hiking.

Gubeikou: Picture of Katie on the Great Wall. Gubeikou: Picture of Great Wall. Gubeikou: Picture of steep steps on the Great Wall.

A long section of steps leading up to a tower.

Gubeikou: Picture of Great Wall. Gubeikou: Picture of Great Wall.

There are mountains in the distance.

Gubeikou: Picture of Katie pointing.

Which way to the Great Wall?

Gubeikou: Picture of abandoned house.

This abandoned house was right next to the wall. Check out those old newspapers on the walls.

Gubeikou: Picture of terraces.

Many of the hills in the area were terraced.

Gubeikou: Picture of Great Wall landscape. Gubeikou: Picture of Jingshanling.

Now entering the Jingshanling section.

Gubeikou: Picture of Great Wall.

The wall snakes into the distance.

Gubeikou: Picture of guard tower.

The view from a guard tower.

Gubeikou: Picture of John and Courtney.

John and Courtney.

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More photos from the Gubeikou Great Wall

If you want more info about Gubeikou, or anywhere else in China, feel free to contact me.

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