The second wall day started with a 2-hour drive to Jinshanling, one of the most famous and beautiful sections of Beijing wall. From here we had a stunning hike along the restored wall, then down through wooded valleys and farmland and onto the wild wall to the pretty village of Gubeikou.
The Jinshanling Great Wall is the best preserved, having many original features. It starts from the Wangjinglou Tower in the east and ends at Longyukou in the west and stretches about 10 kilometers (six miles).
This part of the Wall was made by huge bricks, each of which weighed about 12 kilograms (26 pounds). It has five main passes and 67 watchtowers. Every 100 meters, there is an enemy tower each of which is about ten meters high.
We’ve spent the night in Gubeikou which is a village at the base of the wall. We stayed in locals houses and I loved this experience. It was more luxurious than I expected, we even had a shower 🙂
I’ve spent a while in the kitchen as I was curious how they are preparing the food. When I entered the kitchen there were 6 bowls with different vegetables and our host cooked around 8-10 different types of meals for us…the food was sooo delicious
The village looked as if it was under construction; almost every house had bricks in front, waiting to be used. Actually, this is something I saw almost everywhere I went in China; it felt the whole country is under construction.