Exciting Journey to Jinshanling

Last week I visited the Great Wall at Mutianyu section. I had a wonderful time and a lot of fun in there, but at the end of my visit I still felt that something was missing. Mutianyu section is well restored and all, so it did not give me some blood-pumping stuff that I was looking for. To quench my curiosity I ventured further to go on a Jinshanling Great Wall tour. That is really what I was looking for when I cast my first look at the snaking yet tumbling wall in there!

I got up very early in the morning, and jumped on a bus for Jinshanling. It took me about 3 hours to get there – much longer than the close sections, but it is all worth it! When I arrived at the entrance, my local guide Li was there waiting for me. We chatted for a little while and then hiked up the hill. The journey is really tough during my Jinshanling Great Wall tour as some of the paths are fallen apart and overgrown with bush and shrub. After an hour of hiking, the tumbling path led us to a watch tower – man you really got to see it for yourself! The tower is tumbling with only some ruins left. I did not get near it in fear that it might fall down at any minute. The views on the wall are really amazing as the snaking wall meandering among the wilderness and fading into the remote horizon. I was totally stunned by what I saw during my Jinshanling Great Wall tour! I have never seen a sight more mind-blowing and breathtaking!

Time flies! After about two hours of hiking during my Jinshanling Great Wall tour, it was time for us to recharge with a picnic, so we stopped by a watch tower (you have no idea how hard it is to find a relatively complete tower) to fill our stomach while taking in the views. It was really a fabulous time I had there! Li is very funny and could not stop talking about how proud he felt about this engineering feat! After finishing our picnic and having a rest, we continued hiking along the rest of the wall. When I made my way to the hotel, it was already after dark. Tired and dead-beat, I gave myself a relaxing bath in the tub. End of my Jinshanling Great Wall tour! Great memories!