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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 ...
... there is a Great wall Museum of Chinese History, this museum had a photo gallery showing that many world famous people came here and admired this marvelous wonder.
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Our second trip to the wall was done DIY, and to what is known as the Disneyland version of the Wall, a section known as Badaling, with an American girl, Tameron, we had met at the hostel from Boston (Go Red Sox!). For this, we had to catch a local bus to a bus depot, to catch another local bus out to the Wall (about a 1 hour trip). Seemed simple enough, but at the station, there was sparse information, and we lined up at the stop for the bus that was suppose to take ...
... 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 ...
... 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 ...