Camping on the Great Wall of China

On Saturday 12th September, the weekend before Semester 1, 2020 began, I went on a Female Expats in Beijing (FEB) trip to the Great Wall.

Members of Female Expats in Beijing (FEB) at Lakeside Great Wall.
Members of Female Expats in Beijing (FEB) at Lakeside Great Wall.

In Beijing there are multiple spots where you can access the Great Wall, such as: Badaling, Mutianyu, and Huanghuacheng (AKA Lakeside Great Wall). All three spots offer stunning views but the distance from Beijing and the busyness of each spot varies.

Two members of Female Expats of Beijing (FEB) climbing up lots of steps on the Great Wall of China.
Climbing up lots of steps on the Great Wall of China.

FEB decided to go to Huanghuacheng which is far away but not very crowded. I’d already been to this spot before, with some former students of mine, but I looked forward to returning there as this trip included camping and dogs! That’s right – some of the participants brought their pet dogs with them! OMG! …And we got to camp on the Great Wall of China.

Members of Female Expats of Beijing (FEB) laying on the Great Wall of China.
Tired from climbing so many steps!

Thankfully the hike to the camping spot wasn’t too difficult. I took approximately 3 hours, including lots of breaks for taking photographs and resting.

Our camp site on the Great Wall of China.
Our camp site. Photo taken from a drone.

Once at the camp site we had to pitch our tents and then we had the evening to ourselves. At sunset some of us meditated in the tower, then music was played and lots of chatting took place.

Sitting on the Great Wall of China.
Posing on the Great Wall of China.

Over the next couple of weeks I will blog about my other trips in 2020, including: Chengde, visiting Wuhan, and going on a rugby tour in the south of China.

Thanks for reading!

Lettice

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Lettice is an avid traveller, volunteer and writer. Follow her blogs for tips on where to go, what to do, and how to get there.

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