The hikers arrived on time at the rendezvous in Jishuitan KFC. As soon as everyone had their breakfast and had answered the morning “call of nature”, everybody was set to go. Davis, the tour organizer, briefed us about the itinerary of the day while the bus was snaking through the weekend traffic. Speaking of traffic, it was so terrible that we were stuck in an intersection for 40 minutes or so. That means—-we didn’t make it to the War Tunnel because of time constraints.
When we arrived at the village, we explored around it and of course, did my usual photo op in bricks, old walls, dried tree branches, and anywhere that caught my sense of seeing.
We had lunch there, too, in the village. The restaurant served us really unknown (for me) but sumptuous dishes that nothing was left on the table when everybody was finished.
At 1 PM, we started the tour properly. Our bus took us to the Hawk Castle which is a little castle built-in 1592 in Ming Dynasty that boasts to be the best-preserved great wall castle. With only a dozen families living inside, it retains a unique sense of ancientness and tranquility. This mountain village was once severely disturbed by Mongolian warriors in the north during the Ming dynasty, as well as the USSR decades ago when the Sino-USSR relation went sour in the 1960s which is physically evident by the Great wall and mysterious military nearby.
We stayed there for 45 minutes and then headed off to the Huanghuacheng. It was such a lovely sunny day for a hike. Picture perfect.
Enjoy these photos below.