The Windy Wall at Badaling

Trip Start Mar 27, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of China  , Beijing,
Saturday, March 31, 2012

We've got A LOT to fill you in on!

For those of you arranging your lives around our daily updates, you may have noticed there's been a couple of days missing. The last few days have been a whirlwind, so be prepared for a few jam packed entries.

After whimsically drinking jasmine tea in the common room until 1am on Thursday, we only managed to get about 4 hours sleep before we were up and searching for hostels and train stations. Managing to secure another night at the Sunrise hostel, we had a big 'American Breakfast' and set off in high spirits to locate Beijing West station to book our tickets to Xi'an.

Managing to find one of the only travelers who still uses the sun to find his way, he gave us directions...incorrectly. Then, using Adam's handy 99p phrasebook we found the right way to our destination from a very jolly Chinese man! Upon getting there we faced more people than we had seen so far, which is quite a feat in China. 

After our battle to get tickets we went to another train station to get yet another train to Badaling to see the Great Wall. It was a bit of a Kerfuffle trying to navigate our way but we saved a bundle. Tours at the hostel are about 28 pounds but we managed to do the whole trip and feed ourselves for less than a tenner each. Pretty impressive, no?

So, we made it! We got to the wall where it was gloriously sunny and terrifyingly windy. I was genuinely concerned for the children who were levitating off the ground with the breeze! We were distraught to hear that the sky lift was shut but after climbing to the tallest tower in this section of the wall we were so happy. It's a much better experience doing it this way, you get to see so much more and do a bit of cardio. We did have to be extra careful with our jelly legs on the way back down though.

After our last night in Beijing, we spent much of the next day preparing to travel to Xi'an, and what an experience that was...
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Jonny on

Dam right you used that phrase book

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