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... towers where the Chinese guards used to keep watch for Mongolian soldiers on horseback. I didn't realize that the wall goes for over 3,000 miles. You can see we really bundled up after our afternoon at the Forbidden city, we had about 6 layers on, and Chelsea even added a layer using the hotel robe! We quickly warmed up, since we climbed lots of stairs up to the Wall and many up and down stairs in between towers. The second half of our day was spent at ...
... cringe.We walked to back towards the Tienanmen Square area where Pete knew
there was a shop where he could purchase a spare battery for his new
camera. Lilly had said it would be cheaper elsewhere but Pete hadn't
had any luck, and priced them from 480 Chinese ($96) down to 340
($67) mostly the real Canon ones. When re-visited the one near the
square, they quoted 198 ($32) but, as a credit card wasn't an option
for paying, they asked for cash. Pete only ...
... we walked down our hutong and into another filled with shops and restaurants of all kinds. It's busy but in a good way.
pass the ancient observatory, the intercity wall ruins and its corner tower of the
Ming dynasty, then the old Beijing Railway Station first built in 1901 ...
... towers. This section has fallen to nature, so instead of well groomed rock slabs beneath our feet, its a mixture of dirt, shrubs, broken path, rocky build up from the runoff and fallen parts of the wall. The commingling of nature and man makes the Wall look like something out of a fairytale. It's beautiful.
Each towers' view seems better than the last and each bit of history is more fascinating. The wall is not one wall (or a loop ...
... our Lonely Planet guide quickly set in, with scam artists approaching us with offers of cheap private taxis. Avoiding this and with some tricky translations we turned up to our first hotel, Tian Rui. Having driven down a small alley, local people making a wage selling some interesting food on small carts the cultural differences were apparent from the outset.
After recovering from jetlag we began exploring the city. Chris's main responsibility of the trip is to ...