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An early start today. Wake up call at 6.30 to be on the road by 8am. Happily, despite the late night last night, no one had too much trouble waking. First stop- a jade museum. I have to say, as much as I do resent the part of touring which means you are captive in a touristic shop, I did find it interesting to learn about how jade is worked. Apparently, it is an inherited profession in which only men can be carvers, and only women polish the ...
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... town with factories and smoke stacks, and a very large highway. So a downside to being on this part of the wall, on top of the large amount of people trekking on a day where the temperature was probably -5, not including the windchill, and windy as hell, was the obvious indicators that you were not in the middle of nowhere.
Although still very pretty and worthwhile, we were really grateful that we had visited the other part of the wall, and felt spoiled ...
... of land those emperors acquired to build this entire place and enshrine themselves into.
Jade Factory Tour.
Jade items shaped and polished and of course, sold here. Beautiful pieces, lots of photos. We had lunch here (adequate nothing spectacular meal).
Great Wall of China.
Simply awe-inspiring - what you could see of it on approach and when we arrived. JuYong Pass. Very busy so the really popular ...
... It's get out and walk time.
The weather is still very dull and misty, but also warm and sultry. Within minutes, we're all sweating buckets. We were warned in advance that this first day's walk would be the hardest and the warnings weren't wrong. The initial bit is gently upwards on a concrete driveway, but we soon turn off onto a rough path which is much steeper. Our Group Guide, John, is walking at the back and he's hired a local farmer to ...