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wicklore: Track 1557 in area near China, Hebei ()
Ramble on the Great Wall at Jinshanling
Length: 11.4km, Creator time taken: 7h39m, Ascent: 894m,
Descent: 874m

Places: Start at Lon 117.236, Lat 40.6835, end at Lon 117.235, Lat 40.6806 333m S from Start
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The Great Wall stretches for 8000 kms across Northern China. It is not a continuous wall but is made up of hundreds of smaller sections that tried to keep out the Mongol invaders from the north. It was built over hundreds of years and nothing stood in its way. Deserts, mountain ranges and cliffs - the Great Wall negotiates the lot. When the Wall crosses mountains it is built upon the highest ridge and follows this faithfully. So when invaders finally scaled the cliffs and steep slopes they still had a massive 20 foot wall with multiple Guard Towers to tackle.
Jinshanling and Simatai are two very picturesque areas where the Wall cross the hills for dozens of kilometres. It is about 2 1/2 hours north of Beijing so it doesnt attract the same levels of tourists as areas such as Badaling and Mutinayu nearer Beijing. (having been to those places I can tell you there isn't room to swing a cat)
This route is a ramble back and forward along the Wall at Jinshanling. By going east you are eventually stopped by guards in a Tower to prevent access to a closed section at Simatai - (very controvesial due to private development etc. I did a dawn raid and beat the system and this can be read about here: http://mountainviews.ie/motleyviews/general/comment/6207/
I've also uploaded a track for my Simatai dawn raid in this tracks section called the Simatai gauntlet.
To the west your way is eventually blocked by a concrete barrier which signifies military area. But the kilometres of Wall between these two closed sections is more than enough to get a great experience of the Wall. While not a long route, it is strenuous with endless ascents and descents as you follow the lie of the land.

Uploaded on: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 (09:11:55)
Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/track/1557/  
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