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We woke up nice and early to try and get a head start to beat some of the people to the Wall (yeah right)
The bus ride to the wall took us just under two hours and, by the time we bought tickets and stuff, it was about 10am.
Our tour guide gave us 3 hours of time to conquer the wall and enjoy the view.
We have been hearing all trip how Mao said for years that you are ...
... early having fully recharged our batteries with a mammoth sleep. Lei officially introduced himself and offered to take us out for cheap breakfast to an authentic Chinese cafe, which we couldn't refuse. I had my first soup with tofu that was pretty watery and tasteless but edible and a deep fried soy bean ball, but one bite was enough. I'm really glad we were with Lei as I'm sure we wouldn't have picked a local place, with no English writing in sight. I got Lei to write down ...
... they had to be persuaded, took their photos, shared a laugh and at the end bought 'I climbed the Great Wall' shirts. I'm sure we got the better of the deal, they really helped make the hike memorable.
The wall itself I had thought would be more challenging perhaps for me it was just right and the odd Mongolian warning of be careful and an occasional supporting hand was kind. I did all the hard bits myself though and am glad no one had to carry me back to the bus.
... in a straight backed seat surrounded by hundreds of un-deodorized cigarette smoking open mouth ...
... September 6th), Martin and I were walking home after class and it was pouring rain. Had I been wearing sneakers or other shoes they would have gotten ruined after walking through all the puddles and mud. I rolled my jeans into capris and was at ease walking home in the rain.
5. Chinese people are extremely talented at riding bikes. Seriously talented. People ride bikes along cars and double-decker buses without batting an eye while managing to ...