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... 8217;s longest serving head of state, and as such, continues to receive awards from around the world. Indeed, we admired a certificate presented to him in 2002 by a university in Belarus awarding him an Honorary Degree in Information Technology!
We moved down several flights of stairs to the room where Kim Jong Il lay in an identical glass coffin, and we paid our respects in the same way. We then entered a room displaying his medals, degrees and awards ...
... done being tourists to drive us back to the bus stop.
On our drive up it was clear that this was dead season. It was like a ghost town all the way up to the entrance of The Wall. Once there we didn't have to wait in any line to get our tickets. We purchased our entrance tickets, shuttle bus tickets, cable car tickets, and toboggan tickets; a total cost of 316RMB (=62.75CAD) total for the both of us. WHAT??! ARE YOU KIDDING ME.
... Afterwards, we crossed the street to the Mutianyu Wall.
The Great Wall of China is a bit misleading, as it is not one single wall. Instead, it is a series of several walls, built along the highest ridges of mountain tops. If you were to put all of the walls together, they would stretch from Los Angeles to London. Some are newer than others, with the oldest dating to around 200 BC. Many of the walls are now very deteriorated, but some have been restored. There's one ...
... We saw a stone staircase behind the palace leading into the forest and took it out of curiosity to see where it lead. We ended up coming across the tomb/palace wall and followed the path along the wall back to the main gate. We then made our way to the Sun Quan memorial statue and then started towards the Dr. Sun Yat Sen mausoleum. We arrived there around 4:55pm and saw the sign saying they closed it at 5:00pm. Time to rush. ...
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