Chengde, 23/9/2005 at 18:30
Day 8: Simatai Eastern Great Wall on foot
Visiting the people of Jinshanling had been a bad experience so we decided to stay another day in Simatai. This time we walked the Eastern part of the Wall at Simatai. This part is not for the faint-hearted. This rough section of the Wall is largely unrestored and very very steep. We went as far East as we could and walked the same way back. Downhill was quite a challenge because we felt our legs from the day before. But that doesn’t matter, it is definitely worth it.
This was the hottest day so far with nearly no wind.
Back in Simatai we took the bikes out to try to find another way out of Simatai, basically to cross the wall to get North in direction of Chengde. But it turned out that we anyway had to take the main road around the Wall. Day 9 would be a very long bike ride…