Gubeikou Gateway, based on the amount of towers and gates through this section you understand this was a heavily contested area, seeing many battles throughout the history of The Great Wall and China.
This section is not just the longest of our trekking, but has some of the worst erosion we will experience on all our travels in China. Whole sections of the wall have been narrowed to a foot path right beside the outer wall section, just enough to tip toe across. If you are brave enough to glimpse down you will find the wall reaching down to the ground below up to sixty feet on the side facing Mongolia.
Due to the impassable state of a large part of this section and a military presents we would spend some time traveling through the jungle, enjoying nature and experiencing the foliage that The Wall lets us pass over, from the ground.
Once again the IBD Adventures Team would make great time, make the most of the tough sections and enjoy the company, scenery, and the cultural experience, each step of the way. Well maybe not the communal squat toilet at the super market we stop at, but that story is best left of each individual to tell.
Reference from Wikipedia
While some portions north of Beijing and near tourist centers have been preserved and even extensively renovated, in many locations the Wall is in disrepair. Those parts might serve as a village playground or a source of stones to rebuild houses and roads.
Sections of the Wall are also prone to graffiti and vandalism. Parts have been destroyed because the Wall is in the way of construction.
More than 60 km (37 mi) of the wall in Gansu province may disappear in the next 20 years, due to erosion from sandstorms. In places, the height of the wall has been reduced from more than five meters (16.4 ft) to less than two meters.
The square lookout towers that characterize the most famous images of the wall have disappeared completely. Many western sections of the wall are constructed from mud, rather than brick and stone, and thus are more susceptible to erosion. In August 2012, a 30 metre section of the wall in north China’s Hebei province collapsed after days of continuous heavy rains.No tags for this post.