The New Garden Path Along the Great Wall of China

Video from the Great Wall

Here’s a video I took while up here!

Daily Photo – The New Garden Path Along the Great Wall of China

Just to get to this point required a long walk through a rocky forest. It wasn’t like the super-pristine part of the Great Wall (which is actually quite fake and Disney-like) — where you can drive up in a huge tour bus and park in huge parking lot. No, it wasn’t like that at all. Instead, there was a “path” that was barely discernible (much less so when I walked back in the dark alone!) that wove up through a forest along an old creekbed. I’m not sure I could find it again if I had to!

The New Garden Path Along the Great Wall of China

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2011-09-24 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+3

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  • This is very very cool Trey! Any chance of a video from SmugMug HQ? Btw, do you plan to do a walk in SFO (if you’re still around there, ie)?

  • Fran Pike

    That was really, really nice. Thanks for sharing that experience. I was just wondering if you used any filters on your lens (ND or other). I have a hard time taking pictures into direct sun without flare issues. Thanks!

  • susan ratcliff

    Beautiful shot of the ‘path’ – looks like a tough walk! 🙂

  • Great video and photo, Trey!! Thanks so much for sharing, having a great day!!

  • Casper van Zyl

    Tough alright,some of those stairs are about 3 steps high going up is OK its the coming down from some of those towers with a full back pack thats the problem and slow going on certain parts of the wall. Even this section looks a steep walk. There are now camping tours you can take in this section with guides including small meals.

  • Adam Yurkunas

    Awesome shot Trey! Thanks for sharing the video with it too. 🙂

  • Wow.
    1 – That video was a real gift. I doubt I will ever be able to get over there and see the Great Wall for myself. That video was just wonderful. I actually felt a little emotional at seeing those ancient details that I have never seen before. No one ever bothers to shoot the old sections. All we ever see is the shiny new repaired sections. But those old untouched areas with the real patina of time growing all over them are WAAAY more cool. I hope you will consider posting more “behind the scenes” videos like that.
    2 – Ummm… what the heck kind of walking shoes were you wearing? Towards the end when you panned down it looked like you had on some lounge shoes from the Hugh Hefner collection.

  • You got a good boy there Suze. Must make you feel good.

  • Hi Trey,

    Stunning photo and vid! It’s funny I should stumble across your post today, as we have just added the Great Wall of China to our travel experiences, whereby you can earn points for your comments! As you are well travelled we would love to invite you to take part in TheDepartureboard’s Most Travelled Club, details here: Love the blog, kind regards, Si

  • susan ratcliff

    Thank you Gino – yes, he’s great! I get to see him Sat so am excited!! 🙂 Can’t wait to see you on the show again!!

  • Mike Jacobs

    Beautiful Photo of the Wall. I will probably never go there, so I am glad to have your interpretation. I think the unrestored areas of the wall are a lot more interesting than some of the other photos I have seen of it,

  • Blake Simpson

    Thank you very much for these videos and everything. Your work is inspring me to take my photography to a new level.

  • Cool. What part of the great wall is this?

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thank you ! 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff

    thx for the link !

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  • Dee

    Lovely pic Trey. Love the weathered look!

  • motiurtraval

    So great suggest about china..

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