I figured I would do plenty of walking, so there's no shame in taking the cable car.
It started raining on the way up, so the watchtowers would make a brief appearance, then disappear in the fog.
not being able to see more than 100 meters in the distance made for a mysterious and beautiful walk.
This section of Mutianyu was rebuilt in the 80's, using a darker color of stone.
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A nice watch tower interior. Note the wood ceiling. Throw some bean bags chairs and Jim Morrison posters and call it home.
If I was a soldier, this would be my hasty retreat.
As I continue West, the wall begins to reveal itself.
View from inside a watch tower.
The Western section of Mutianyu has the original white stone wall with brick parapets.
This what the wall looked like in the 1400's.
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An iron staircase for your convenience. It's the beginning of a tiring ascent to the last (legal) tower.
The watchtowers are quite large and well build in this section.
This is looking down at the beginning of the ascent.
The higher you go, the more visibility you lose. Makes you feel like you're up in the clouds.
A couple of slackers pop a quat.
End of the line.
My original plan was to keep heading West through to Jiankou (which is possible), but no water and fear of the unknown set in. Plus it's not legal.
The construction and vegatation are quite beautiful here.
In my opinion, the classic wall aesthetic.
Uphill both ways.
Heading back to the East.