Radisson Blu Hotel, Beijing
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We arrived in Beijing to clear blue skies and 18 degrees c, allowing us to pack away some of our down and thermals and make the most of being able to wonder around without a need to check if the tips of our noses are still there. Beijing is huge, but divided into large blocks by a grid of busy, broad roads. With even a slight sense of direction you can find your way around...so Dave has been doing some masterful navigation. Between the large grid of roads are ...
... in pits. Indeed this is what you first see, or try and see, because a vast number of luckily quite short Chinese are also trying to take photos on their phones. Walking on from here you get a deeper perspective. The few restored models are a minute proportion of what is believed to be there and as you walk back within the vast barn that covers the excavation you get an idea of how massive a jigsaw puzzle they are trying to do. The warriors, horses, weapons and ...
... the wall is in incredible shape and has never been renovated, unlike other sections of the wall. At over twenty feet tall and wide enough for over ten men standing shoulder to shoulder, the Great Wall spans over 5,500 miles long from the Pacific Ocean to the base of the Himalayas. As stated in my previous post, Emperor Qin had the Great Wall built over 2,000 years ago. Once up on the wall, we took a left and started climbing up the mountain. Since going left ...
... the area we visited had been completed renovated & the houses turned into bars, shops & restaurants. It was doing a roaring trade & made a stark contrast to the quiet, dark alleys just behind.
The highlight though was a 10km trek up & along the Great Wall, half of which was unrestored (& not officially open to the public). We were dropped at Jiankou & had to walk a tough/ sweaty 1.5km up through woods to get to the first ...
... combined with the wind, it led to a shorter than expected stay. Still, I have to give kudos to the group who never complained but, instead, found a way to have a great deal of fun. After dinner, the day capped off in rare form. Luke Parton has been stating for weeks that he intended to eat a scorpion in China. Despite the advice of adults and the screaming please of his friends (with a little encouragement mixed in from some), Luke took the plunge and threw back not one, but ...