The Great Wall
Trip Start Aug 07, 2013
27Trip End Sep 01, 2013
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This morning we take the bullet train from Beijing to Shanhaiguan, a coastal town on the East China Sea, and more importantly the eastern end of the Great Wall of China. We spend a couple of hours on the wall and then go to the beach to view the wall rising from the sea. Tonight we stay in a local guesthouse in the town.
Just a warning tomorrow morning (late Sunday night in the uk) we shall be off to this rural area for three days and updates might not be done until we get back to Beijing on Wednesday 14th.
Got up this morning and visited the roof top restaurant and had full English complete with cold tomatoes !
A quick tube ride to the station and through security - it's like departing at the airport, in fact the whole country is like a police state - police checkpoints on every street corner checking identity cards. They seem to be leaving us alone including bypassing some security points but our guide is constantly checked.
After a 3 hour journey on a what seamed like a London commuter train (thankfully we had reserved seats - although we had to chuck people out of them) we arrived at Shanhaiguan - the seaside !!!
A quick bowl of noodles (£1.80) in a local restaurant and we jumped on a service bus for the three km ride down to the end of the Great Wall of china !!! (The bit where it falls into the sea !!
This was spectacular - the Great Wall at last - it was part of a huge complex, a garrison town for the ancient warriors
Most of the wall and the garrison town has been re built here but very impressive..
It's a bit cloudy today but the heat and humidity is still there, but down on the coast there was a fantastic breeze (although warm !)
Evening meal saw a shift of food content to fish dishes - squid and bean sprout, plaice in a black bean sauce , tofu in a fish stock - we were in our element - NOT !
Afterwards we went for a local walk with the old city walls, most of the 'high street' had closed but we still managed to find a sweet stall selling peanut based slabs and also a pole dancing club !!
Sorry no pictures at present as I do not have wifi - I can use 3G but its too slow for pictures. Will be uploaded in a few days