Overgrown Wall

Great Wall of China, Mutianyu, Beijing, Peoples Republic of China

Located among the orchards and pines in the mountains to the north of Beijing, the Great Wall of China was constructed and reconstructed at Mutianyu to keep out the nomadic tribes to the north. First built in the mid-6th century during the Northern Qi, Mutianyu Great Wall is older than the Badaling section of the Great Wall. In the Ming dynasty, under the supervision of General Xu Da, construction of the present wall began on the foundation of the wall of Northern Qi. In 1404, a pass was built in the wall. In 1569, the Mutianyu Great Wall was rebuilt and till today most parts of it are well preserved. The Mutianyu Great Wall has the largest construction scale and best quality among all sections of Great Wall. The overgrown sections of the Mutianyu sections of the Great Wall appeared to me as more authentic than the restored sections you are encouraged to visit. Here I chose the get off the beaten path slightly to capture an image that I felt is a more accurate reflection of the real Great Wall of China that many visitors often miss.