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... creators work their magic making rock. Today they were making hearts. Popping in and out of the independent shops selling everything from communist t-shirts to BigBen pop up cards to hand carved chopsticks, it's a shoppers paradise. However we did our purchasing last week so all we came away with was empty drinks. We wiggled through re-tracing our tracks from last time and soon found ourselves promenading along Houhai Lake. Rickshaw riders kept offering their ...
... out was called a "moon cake" - it wasn't great! The road naturally shepherded us towards Bestai Park, so we ended up going in there. It was again, really cheap, 20RMB (£2). As we walked in, we noticed that there were lots of boats out on the artificial lake and a plan formed almost instantly - beers and pedalos! The Pedalo itself had seen better days, but it was really peaceful out on the lake and the views were great, plus the cans we found were another ...
... of the Simatai section of the wall on our 2007 blog.
Lunch on the roof of the Badaling Hotel was sublime (esp. the squid). The view of the wall was great and on this beautiful sunny day I even got a proper sunburn (in late September!).
Next stop were the Ming Tombs. The Ming dynasty lasted from 1368 until 1644. In this particularly auspicious valley surrounded by hilltops capped by several pagodas you’ll find walled burial mounds of 13 emperors ...
... to see clouds as we leave the pollution behind. It rains for the entire drive, but as we arrive at Mutianya the rain stops. There are 2 ways to get to the wall, walk or cable car. We opt for the cable car as the path is wet and slippery.
The Great Wall is covered with thick fog, so not good for picture taking. Not too many tourists here which is why we chose this part of the wall to visit. ...
... hour…… luckily they let us get off the bus & watch, every time the police turned away we crept closer & closer, then this poor little old lady who had ignored the road closure cycled through so of course she got a round of applause from us, and then when told to get off by the Police started really shouting at them, it took 3 of them to wrestle her off her bike & get her to walk to the side!! She wasn’t having any of it bless her! ...