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The following morning, we set off to the countryside for a bit of 'wild wall' action, planning to walk along a part of The Great Wall that had been left to the greedy jaws of nature. The first bus was a long one and we drifted off into the nether regions of our books. I was engrossed in ‘Animal Farm’, when suddenly the bus jolted to a halt and police jumped on, yelling at us to get off the bus. I half expected them to pull out their guns ...
... places, all very low key and DIY: looking in fact rather reminiscent of similar places in Hungary before that Wall came down.
A 2.5 hour journey brings us to the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall, one of the oldest and best preserved. The original wall was built in sections over hundreds of years, and the sections were joined up by the first emperor Qin Shihuang just before 200BC, when he united China. The official reason for this is said to be to keep out the ...
... 8216;we’ insert ‘Rob’) bought a map, which gave a little context. Again, a lot of the old buildings were converted in shops or restaurants. One curious site was a stone building sitting in the water at a dock in Kumming Lake (the massive lake in the Palace), that was cut to look like a boat. It was a pretty cold day, and we grabbed some hot chocolate as we walked along the shore looking over the lake. In warmer months, you can grab ...
... to some tourist-buy traps.
Met in lobby 08:00 departure. Guide was there and a driver. This was going to be a private tour (cool!) - only the 7 of us on a 20-person shuttle type bus.
Ming Dynasty Tombs.
There's an arch facing the tomb area. Our guide stopped Toby "WAIT! Stop!" going through it as it represented "entering hell" if you went that way, totally bad luck.
So glad I heard her because I've been ...
... as I was exhausted and slept both ways. However, walking into the entrance of the place was the first of many awe inspiring moments. The place is surrounded by a thicket of trees that gives everything a sort of greenish hue. Once you walk through this area you see a massive visitor center and in the back drop a huge lake. The day we were there was a little chilly however, it didn’t take anything away from this place. We ended up getting in this ...