As you probably know, the Great Wall of China covers mile after mile of land in China, so the topography will change from section to section. The area I am speaking of today is just north of Beijing, in some mountains.
If you can remember the beginning of the TV show MASH when the helicopters were flying into the medical base, well, that land reminds me of the area where the Great Wall of China was built north of Beijing. To build the Great Wall on top of a mountain ridge is very impressive to me. To consider when it was built and the lack of modern resources to accomplish this task, now that is amazing!
As you can see in the picture below, the terrain is very steep in some areas along the Great Wall. In the second picture, you can see a distant valley, and I am told that the farmers in these areas wouldn’t have to pay taxes when the Great Wall was being built, but they would have to feed the workers as they worked on the Great Wall in the farmer’s area.
In this final picture, the incline lets you know how steep the mountain is. Thankfully, there are vendors on the Great Wall selling cold drinks!