The Lindesay family has been hosting guests at their private farmhouse in the outskirts Beijing for many years, offering immersive tours of the Great Wall, preserved in it's natural condition over hundreds of years. One can truly appreciate the magnificence, sheer scale, and rich history of the Great Wall under their expert guidance - an experience that is worlds apart from the navigating crowds atop renovated sections of the Wall at BaDaLing or MuTianYu.
A little background on the hosts: William Lindesay came to China from the UK in the 1980s, eager to fulfill his childhood dream of traversing the Great Wall of China in its entirety. Fast-forward 30 years, not only has he achieved his dream, he has become a renowned Great Wall researcher and explorer, and has built a beautiful family (William's wife Qi, and his two sons, James and Thomas) whom share his passion for the Great Wall. We were thoroughly impressed by the knowledge the family had of the Great Wall, but even more so by their passion to understand and preserve its landscape and culture.
My boyfriend and I have been to the Wild Wall with the Lindesays several times over the years. Our stays have usually been over several days. Transportation from downtown Beijing to and from the farmhouse (they call it the Barracks) is arranged by the hosts. Upon our arrival, we are greeted by rustic but comfortable accommodations at the Barracks. The Barracks has half a dozen rooms arranged around a central courtyard. Over the following days, daily itineraries can range from early morning hikes to see the sunrise over the Wild Wall, to 3 hour excursions along the Wall with commentary. There are several trails to the Wall, each to unique landmarksl. Most memorable to us were JianKou (arrow knot) or ZhengBeiLou (North watch tower), where the views were simply breath-taking, especially if you are lucky enough to see an ocean of clouds surrounding the Great Wall. Delicious meals or afternoon tea can always be expected after returning to the Barracks, courtesy of Qi (her cooking is phenomenal). Evening activities usually consist of talks given by William, or viewing documentaries on the Great Wall. We particularly enjoyed the story about William's re-photographing of the Great Wall following in the footsteps of William Gile, who photographed the Wall 100 years ago.
We returned from each of our visits with new appreciation of the Great Wall's culture, history, and identity, not to mention many beautiful photographs. We would wholeheartedly recommend anyone with a knack for adventure, history, and ancient world wonders to experience the Great Wall of China with the Lindesays. We hope all visitors walk away with a new-found passion for the Wild Wall landscape as we did.
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