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... pink figurine, bypassing the jewellery(!) Next stop - the Great Wall of China. As we drove, our guide Eddie explained the 6,000 kilometre wall was not initially built as a single stretch of defence, but rather as separate walls to protect the individual territories which made up China. Now, it stretches from the sea all the way to Afghanistan. We joined the wall at a mountainous stretch a way out of Beijing. The temperature had ...
... to take a tour to a remote section… it really is quite a different experience when you can sit there and take in the views with not a soul insight.
We trekked for only about 2.5 hours, and then had to make sure we caught the last public bus. When we got back to the Beijing bus station, we could not find the local bus going back the way we came from the hostel, so we decided to walk the couple of kilometers. We went back through the Hutong, where we ...
... wall was amazing and I don't have the words to describe this. :)
A family randomly stopped Toby on descent - they wanted a picture of him ;) white guy, with the 65-year old man whose birthday it was. The man was in excellent shape and climbing the wall. Wow.
Silk Factory Tour.
Map of the silk trade, cocoons (yuck), silkworms (more yuck), separating silk, looms, comforters, silk cloth and finished clothing ...
Today I went to 长成 (Great Wall) in Mutianyu! :D It was so much fun, but also so many stairs! It was totally worth all that climbing though! It was interesting to see cable cars that would take people up to the wall so that they don't have to climb, and also a giant slide that you can use to get down. The slide would have been so much fun to use to get down, but sadly it wasn't open today. I every time ...
... can clamber onto it. It's a well-preserved (or restored) section here, which is white in colour - the Wall isn't consistent in the type or colour of stone used in its construction - it all depends on what stone was available locally in a particular place. On one part of the nearby hillside, Chairman Mao's name has been carved out in Chinese characters - something which dates back to the excesses of the Cultural Revolution.
Even when we're on the ...
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