Today is the Chinese New Year and what better way to celebrate then to post one of my favorite photos from my trip to China. This image was taken as the sun rose over The Great Wall.
The Great Wall spans over 5,500 miles and very little of it has been restored. The majority of people who visit the Wall go to one of the restored areas. This image, however, isn’t of a restored area. This is known as the Jiankou section of the Wall. Jiankou is the name of one of the towers along this section. The tower at the top left hand side of this image is the Zhengbeilou Tower. It is known as a great place for photography.
This trail isn’t for the faint of heart. Many times while hiking this trail, I wondered if we should turn around because of how dilapidated the trail/Wall has become. The Wall is crumbling. In certain places, if you fall you wouldn’t stop for hundreds of feet. If injury did occur, help was hours away. It should also be noted that we spent 7 hours on this section of the wall and never saw another person until we arrived at the restored Mutianyu area. Preparation and caution are needed to attempt this hike.