The First Pass Under Heaven

The first pass of the Great Wall, this section also forms the city wall of Shanhaiguan. Having just visited the Old Dragon Head section, where the Great Wall meets the sea, this was an opportunity to walk on top of the walls and admire the city from above. Although heavily restored, this section of the … Continue reading The First Pass Under Heaven


Where the Great Wall meets the sea

Top of every traveller to China's bucket list is the Great Wall, and it evokes such strong emotions as you learn about the history, battles (actually not so many of those as it turns out...) and decline of this amazing feat of human engineering. There are various popular sites to visit the wall, from Badaling … Continue reading Where the Great Wall meets the sea

Juyongguan Great Wall

This highly restored section of the Great Wall is popular with tour groups, probably due to its close proximity to Beijing. It forms a circular route in and around a ravine, with beautiful scenery on all sides.I chose to walk the western half of the route, which seemed to be much less popular (and hence … Continue reading Juyongguan Great Wall

Beijing – Mutianyu Great Wall

Mutianyu Great Wall is one of the best preserved sections (or perhaps, most restored...) near Beijing, but with less crowds than Badaling Great Wall even though it can still be reached easily by public bus. The surrounding scenery would be absolutely beautiful in spring and summer - in the winter it was a little greyer … Continue reading Beijing – Mutianyu Great Wall

Beijing – Badaling Great Wall (八达岭长城)

As one of the sections of the great wall closest to Beijing, Badaling Great Wall is convenient to get to as well as having several improvements such as a cable car to help the elderly. This fact has not been lost on Chinese tour operators however, and so hoards of tourists descend upon Badaling during … Continue reading Beijing – Badaling Great Wall (八达岭长城)