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... a few other things I think Chad will publish in detail. The only thing left to see was the Forbidden City. Though I really wanted to check it out, we only had a few hours before needing to catch the train back to Shanghai. I opted out so Seb could sleep in, and Chad went early to get photos and see it. The train home was easy and we enjoyed the company of all our friends.
Making our one o'clock train to Beijing just wasn’t going to happen. Despite ...
... climbed a million stairs --just imagine that the place I ended up (picture) was waaaaay higher than the Empire State Building, which has 1,860 stairs-- my leg start to hurt and shake again.
And yet, still, I would let every women on Earth skip me, and I would climb 100 Great Walls again if these are the prices to see all these miracles and beauties I never imagined before.
... watch towers with difficult to navigate stairs, and lots and lots of steep bits (and not the type that flatten out as you get closer...no siree...). Though we were wondering how the pesky nomads and barbarians even got to the wall, its pretty perilous terrain!
Walking was great, until we got to [watch tower 23] which had *several* steep steps. Was tough going, and not great for those with a touch of vertigo!
After a few hours walking ...
... there are 3 large circular platforms, and in the center of the top platform lies one small circular where the Emperor would finally stop to pray. Nothing I say right now can explain the feeling of being there today. I could go on and on about all I learned and the meanings of this and that, but none of that compares to the experience of being there. Even though it rained almost the entire time we were there, it was magnificent.
After lunch ...
... Dowager Cixi, who diverted 30 million taels of silver, said to be originally designated for the Chinese navy, into the reconstruction and enlargement of the Summer Palace.
The park was mostly in ruins until the 90's when it was redeveloped into a tourist attraction
Cool willows surround the paths as they twist and wind throughout the park. It's considerably cooler walking through the park & ...