Beijing – The Great Wall of China – 29th July

An early 7:30am start on Sunday 29th July as we were off to the Great Wall of China.  Just under a 2 hour drive to beat the traffic and the people. 

We went to the Mutianyu section of the wall – I cannot remember where I went last time I visited the wall but this section gave a lot more of the wall to walk on and a richer experience.

 

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The wall, as we all know, is spectacular.

We took the Cable Car up as we wanted to spend our time walking on the wall rather than walking up to it. Apparently it is about an hour walk from the car park to the wall.  The cable car I was in stated it was the same one President Bill Clinton took when he visited.

Photos are in the hundreds and so hard to pick which ones to display.

 

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Emily and I (plus our other tour family) walked as far up as we were allowed…basically to the tower shown in the top left of the below photo…it was a tough walk…

 

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Molly and Kerrie rested…Molly made a new Chinese friend and by the time Emily and I returned Molly was teaching her English and she was teaching Molly Chinese.

 

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Periodically along the wall were stair cases down to archways which we assume were there to let troops etc. onto the wall…

 

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The girls cast their name upon the wall…

 

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Getting down off the Wall was the best fun…because we took the toboggan run…yep a steel toboggan run is an attraction attached to the Great Wall of China…maybe it was used to take supplies up and down Smile

 

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We stepped on the wall around 9:30am and off the wall around 1:00pm. By the time we got back to the hotel we were all exhausted and so we rested until 6:00pm and dinner. 

I had a Tibetan Medical Foot Massage while resting – was great as they really worked the heals, shins and calves which were all sore and tired.

That evening we were going to the Legend of Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre so dinner was next door to the theatre. Molly and I tried the chicken legs…I didn’t realise how big they were…however they were tasty and I was told to eat the soft bones that make up the feet.

 

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The Kung Fu show was OK.  Personally I preferred the acrobatics the night before but the Kung Fu show seems to get better reviews.  I found it a bit repetitive and the story they were telling through the show seemed to dominate the actual demonstration of Kung Fu.

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