Dragon Palace Hotel
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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 ...
... interesting, but…it was boring.
We went back to the hostel after, and grabbed some food for dinner (noodles!). Laura called it a night, and I met up with Pat, who had the following day off. We met at a local punk show, at the What Bar, which was next to the forbidden city, one of Pat’s local dives. Good to know that Punk is alive and well in China! The night consisted of drinking, Pat commandeering the stereo to play some ...
... 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 ...
... so many years is still standing so tall, even though a lot of it has been rebuilt. Kinda crazy also to think that people fought and died on this wall defending China! I felt like I could just sit on the wall and just soak in the beauty of the land around me for hours and just keep walking and walking forever... :]
Earlier in the day, we had an orientation about our upcoming trip on the Silk Road. ...