22.02.2013 - 24.02.2013 32 °F
OK, we have found out a very secret spot 2 hours north of Bejing to walk on the Great Wall of China and we were the only people trekking all day with no site of another person.
Gubeikou village is located along the Yanshan Mountain range in the northeast of Miyun County, about 100 km northeast of Beijing. It is composed of the Wohu section of the Great Wall and Panlongshan Great Wall. Although being collapsed and dilapated, the whole wall of Gubeikou is not under any restoration at all. It keeps its orginal appearance. It is awesome and much of it is still intact enough to walk along and soak in the history without the crowds.
The first section of of the wall was built durning the Northern QI Dynasty (550-557) Centuries later, General Xuda ordered to rebuild it in the early Ming Dynasty (1368 -1664). The defensive capability of the wall was enhanced by adding more stones. When QI Jiguang was appointed the chief commanding officer of Ji Garrison (one of the eleven garrisons in the Ming Dynasty), he laid another line of brick wall beside the orginal one, thus forming the unique Gubekou double-lined Wall. Smart thinking YA!!!!
Today the famous Gubeikou Great Wall streches for more than 40 km (25 miles). There are 14 beacon towers, 143 watch towers, 16 strategic passes, 2 citadels and many other military constructions.
Many things here are so much different than I expected, very interesting places with exceptionally beautiful landscapes and people.
Have a look for yourself!
General Jauyongguan Tower
Crouching Tiger Tower
The New Guard.
Walking the Wall
Making our way along 3 km of the wall in freezing weather, but it was soooo worth it!
Loving the view!
Guard dog in the town of Gubeikou
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