43 The Great Wall
Trip Start Apr 21, 2013
122Trip End Aug 28, 2013
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2 June 2013
The Great Wall
The best way to visit some places is to book a tour. Just relax and enjoy the ride. This one included breakfast and lunch as well. A mini bus picked two other travelers and me up at 8 am for the two hour drive to Mutianyu, north of Beijing. The Chinese wall was built over two thousand years ago and runs from Liaoning province all the way to the Goby dessert. They actually started the build the wall in sections around 220 BC
Originally the wall constructed to keep the Mongols out out of China
Instead of a smooth walk I faced a very steep climb like walking stairs with very large steps and very steep inclination. At the end of the restored section there is a sign stating not to go any further on the un-restored section but this is ignored by most people including me. Actually I found this the most interesting parts. The watchtowers are half crumbled away, as are some parts of the wall. You can actually cross a whole valley walking the un-restored wall.
I leave it at this and let the pictures tell the story.