In The Words of R Nixon "That Was Some Great Wall"

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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sunrise hostel

Flag of China  , Beijing,
Monday, May 16, 2011

So I, James wake up with a headache because I have no alcohol tolerence left..... after 4 beers, damn. After a breakfast of eggs and toast we got picked up by a coach bus and spent the next 2 hours with our driver playing chicken with traffic. When we arrived at the wall our tour guide Monica told us all about the wall and how much time we would have before we met up again. We had the option of either climbing the hill or getting a chair lift so our journey began with a chair lift up to the top of the hill because the wall would be hard enough. Let me just say right now, it is a big damn ass wall. We could either go left and walk from tower 6 to tower 23 or go right from tower 6 to tower 1. We decided to start left and see how far we could get then turn around and go and check out the other side. We managed to get to tower 14 before turning around due to time restictions and the fact that we had taken a crap load of pictures. When we turned around the walk back seemed to be harder than the way there and we went through water like it was goin out of style.

When we finally ended up at the other end (the end of the renovated section) we stopped and saw what the wall is supposed to look like, boulders everywhere and trees and shrubs growing out of everywhere. Its amazing how much they have restored the wall from what it looks like if it were unrestored. When we started back down we met up with Steve, the british guy, in our group who had walked all the way to tower 23 then back to tower 1, he walked very fast, and he was very tired.

For the trip down we had purchased tickets to the toboggan slide which is just like a luge track made of metal and you sit on a little cart with a break to slow yourself down. It was awesome; I filmed the whole thing and we got going considerably fast. There were chinese people sitting in chairs along the track telling us to slow down but you don't have to do what they say you'll just fly by in two seconds anyway.

When we got to the bottom of the hill we walked to the restaurant and ate lunch and that gave our legs lots of time to cool down while talking with some new people. We sat at a huge circular table which we shared with about 7 other people. They brought out a few big dishes of various chinese meals which we were to each take a bit from and set on our own plates. Then they just kept bringing out more and more different dishes, there was a LOT of food and it was delicious.

After returning to the hostel we all just sat in the bar before going to bed early tired from the long day.
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