Hiking The Great Wall of China

Joel Viruet Travel 5 Comments

We had spent a few days in Shanghai before heading over to Beijing. Pollution in Beijing was a major issue, much worse than it was in Shanghai. So a day trip to the Great Wall was exactly what we desperately needed to get out of the city for some fresh air. The Great Wall was definitely the highlight of China. If there was something I wanted to see here, this was it! I like history and it always feels amazing to be in places you grew up seeing on the National Geographic. It took us about an hour and a half to get to the Mutianyu section of the Wall. We had hired an employee from our hotel in Beijing to drive us around for the day. His English was fairly good, and that was all we needed. Just trying to tell the cab driver the night before where to go was nearly impossible.

Off we went, on our four hour hike on the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. The vastness, the mountains and the scenery were all amazing. The Wall goes on far beyond what your eyes can see, and then some. At the end of the tourist zone, there was a sign that said “no trespass”. But it wasn’t like there were any guards preventing us to go any further to the more challenging areas of the Wall. It got very steep, to the point we had to hold on to the rocks just to keep moving. Two and a half hours up, we reached the highest point my eyes had set target on when we first arrived. Mission Accomplished!

Check out the gallery below, get inspired, and travel to places beyond your comfort zone. I hope one day you get to visit the Great Wall and feel like you were part of the National Geographic, just like we did!

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  1. Kimberly

    What time of year did you visit China? I’ve been wanting to add the Great Wall to my bucket list but never knew what time of year I should schedule this trip. Also, did you take a coach to the Great Wall or did you have a private tour guide?

    1. Tadalafil

      Thanks for the short history of pomegranates – I found it interesting. I akways thought that pomegranates were quite magical and exotic as a child, as I didn't know what one was then, and they always seemed to eat them in A Horse and His Boy by CS Lewis. This is a superb dessert, and so pretty.

    2. weather 30274

      WOW! That’s a WHOLE and REAL PIG!Looks Awesome! I am sorry I missed out on such a primal experience. What a great idea Hrag. I will not miss the next whole pig fest!

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    Joel Viruet

    We went in late April. Weather was sunny and a bit hot, but not overbearing. You don’t need a guide, it’s pretty much on your own. We hired a driver to take us from Beijing to the Mutianyu section and it was around an hour drive. I think we paid him around $50 for the entire day and he just waited in the car while we hiked. Hiking took us about 4 hours, we got to a point it was way too steep and a bit dangerous, but super cool.

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