The Great Wall near the village of Mutianyu, about 80 km northeast of Beijing, is well restored and is surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. This section of the Wall, although further away from Beijing, is far less crowded than the Badaling section. There is cable car access to the wall, which is preferable to the long and steep walk by the stairs. This is especially so on a hot day, since walking along the wall itself is quite challenging, as it follows the contours of steep ridges. The steps vary in height and also in slope, and are sometimes almost vertical. In one watchtower it was necessary to climb a ladder to continue along the wall.
Unusually for July in this region, the weather was sunny and with good visibility, although very hot and humid. This was on 23 July 2012, two days after the heaviest rain in Beijing for more than 60 years, which seemed to have cleared the air! On the road back to Beijing we stopped at a very scenic picnic spot by a waterfall.
I made the 1080/60p movie from stills and video clips taken with my Panasonic SD800 camcorder and edited with iMovie at 60fps on an iMac as described on my webpage at ianperegian.com.