This part of the Great Wall is called Wohu (卧虎) meaning ‘Crouching Tiger’, due to the form of the mountains it passes between. We were staying just outside the small town of Gubeikou, in the fantastic Great Wall Box House. Having arrived late afternoon, we set off right away to find a vantage point for sunset. After a few wrong turns and no small amount of running up a number of steep inclines, we made it to this point just in time to catch the sun before it disappeared behind the far mountain tops.
It was fantastic to see an old part of the Wall and witness its original character, rather than the ‘refurbished’ portions. The next day we spent 7 hours hiking West along the Panlong (Dragon) and Jinshanling sections, equally as dilapidated.