Great Wall animal and plant photos

Taiwan Beauty Snake (Orthriophis taneiurus) at Zhuangdaokou

Goats at Juyongguan

Squirrel at Jinshanling

Frog at Juyongguan

Chestnuts in a Ming Dynasty chestnut garden

Butterfly at Shentangling

Shanzha or Hawthorn Fruit

Very old tree at Mutianyu

Giant Millipede

Butterfly at Xishuiyu

Butterfly at Jiankou

Magpie at Xizhazi

Lizard at Dunhuang

Lizard at Dunhuang

Surviving in harsh conditions – Dunhuang

Goat at Mutianyu

Horses at Xi’an don’t belong in this post, but I like variety :)

Shore Lark (Eremophila alpestris)

Little Owl (Athene noctua)

Lizard (species unknown)

Steppe Racer (Psammophis lineolatus)


Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)

Blue Rock-Thrush (Monticola solitarius), male

Snake (species unknown, most probable a Natrix spec.)


Probably a Chinese Beauty Rat Snake, seen at Shapoyu in Hebei.

I almost ran into this snake (no idea why my photo cut his head out - probably I was still a bit shocked.

Of course the human animal can be found at the Great Wall as well and is always worthy of observation.

What are these guys looking for?

Oh, he offers me some!

Let's have a closer look!


I was told that they collected these animals for their dinner but they could be used for TCM as well.
The last photo does not show a scorpion but the left molt of it.

Seen at the Great Wall of Zhao.