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Climbing the Stairs at the Great Wall of China

The stairs on the Great Wall of China at Simatai

The stairs on the Great Wall of China at Simatai

Just ask the Mongols; climbing the Great Wall of China is no easy task. I did it twice, though, on my trip to Beijing. Once at Badaling, which is the section all of the tourists seem to go to – and it shows with a carnival-like atmosphere – and out to Simatai, which is pictured here. While Badaling has a well-maintained wall with an easy trail, Simatai has a lot of straight up and straight down, making it one heck of a workout. But, despite the hard climb, I made it to one heck of an amazing view.

I made it to the top!

I made it to the top!

The amazing view atop the Great Wall of China at Simatai

The amazing view atop the Great Wall of China at Simatai

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2 Comments on “Climbing the Stairs at the Great Wall of China”

  1. Traveling Ted (@travelingted) April 5, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    A bucket list item for sure. I would love to run a section of the Great Wall. Not sure if that is possible. I heard they have a race on one section. Definitely would not want to run this part. I would love to walk it though and take in the amazing views. Great photos.

    • Jason's Travels April 5, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

      Thanks, Ted! It really is an amazing section to see. I much preferred it to Badaling. Although, after being back for several years, I’ve heard that some construction has been done. I wonder if it’s more or less rebuilt like the ones closer to Beijing.

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