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  • Photo of Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall
  • Photo of Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall
  • Photo of Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall
  • Photo of Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

Time  3 hours 45 minutes

Coordinates 1189

Uploaded March 27, 2015

Recorded March 2015

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3,501 ft
2,200 ft
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1.1
2.3
4.51 mi

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near Sanquanjing, Hebei (China)

We’ll begin this hike with a slow climb up a winding valley, passing rocks and old terraces on the way to the dirt trail that will lead us to the Great Wall. On one side, the wall comes down a steep hill; we’ll follow it the other way, passing through a tower and taking our time to climb the steps of this section.

As we get to the top of that part, we’ll see the road we drove in on, far below, as well more of the Great Wall in the area, including the ‘General’s Tower’ that is the highest point of the hike. During peak season, the General’s Tower may double as a shop – we’ve yet to see it in service, but inside is a bench, and a sign that reads “1 yuan to use” the shaky ladder which is now the only way to enjoy the views from the top of the tower. To reach the General’s Tower, we will do a few more descents and ascents along the wall, climbing steps up and down.

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