Two renovated sections of the Great Wall were available for tourists. Most People headed over to Badaling section because it was more accessible. As an “old timer”, I prefer Mutianyu despite the fact that we had to make multiple bus transfers. Its inaccessibility eliminated most of the crowd.
An aqueduct greeted us as we stepped off our last bus.
The steep climb to get to the Wall.
Well-meaning, interesting English.
After an hour of steep climbing, we finally saw a glimpse of the wall.
Way up the wall.
First view. Good thing it was a cloudy day, something hard-to-get in the Beijing July.
Hole for arrows.
On fours, easier, faster, less tiring.
Someone walked around carrying her kid.
Some towers have explanations.
A door to get off the wall.
A super steep up.
Ready for the challenge.
A stone marked the border of China.
The tower next to the steep walk up.
A final climb up top.
At the top marked the end of the renovated section officially open to the tourists.
But you can hop over the wall to the renovated section that is yet opened to tourists.
Some parts were still in the works, like this part was bridged by wooden planks.
Nearby villagers selling goods to those who made to the other side.
Tower 21 roughly marked by red paint.
Started seeing missing bricks along the wall.
More grass grown between the bricks.
Tall grass started growing.
Nobody around us.
Thickets closing on the wall.
Then we arrived here…
The very last renovated tower for this section.
A villager selling drinks and momentos. We put our names on the little medal we bought. You could only buy this medal after reaching to the top of the renovated tourist section.
The way we came from.
After this point was the old, unrenovated part of the wall, mostly stones randomly piled on top of each other.
It was still a wall thick enough for you to walk on.
Loose stones everywhere.
You can see some path resembling the original wall.
Coming down, some workers renovating the wall.
Not sure how he made up there.
Coming down the steep hill, a fellow tourist told us to walk in zigzag lines to help out our knees.
Heading to the other end of the wall.
Glass steps so vegetations under could get some sun.
Top of the mountain on the other side.
Village next to the wall.
Power lines connecting villages on both sides of the wall.
We almost made it to the top of the other side before receiving a warning about the coming rain. The rangers started escorting everyone out of the park. We saw them coming with a person who made to the highest tower.