The wall was actually built in chunks between various natural defences like mountains. Nowadays the sections are in different states of repair, with some sections being patched up or rebuilt, while others have crumbled away or are completely overgrown with trees and shrubs. We went to a section called Mutianyu, which is 90km northeast of Beijing and is famous for its 26 watchtowers.
Seeing even just a small section of the wall is impressive, especially when you take in the mountainous region it was constructed in. After a bit of a sweaty walk up to it we were rewarded with incredible views of the surrounding mountains.
|Admiring the view.|
|We made it! (You won't believe how long it took us to get this shot.)|
|Once you've walked the wall there's only one way down!|
|#22 comes complete with a comedy hat.|