Hitting the Wall
Trip Start Jan 01, 2006
55Trip End Jun 30, 2006
The great wall was even more impressive then I thought it would be. If you haven't yet made the climb yourself I suggest that you do. Our four best sites (Beijing, The Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and the Panda's) can easily be done in 2 weeks with the right tour.
We approached the wall and looked and saw the wall and say it "hanging" from the peak of a craggy mountain. It is amazing that they built a wall where we find it very hard to walk up stairs. It took about 2.5 hours to climb our section. In one section it was so steep that V crouched down on all 4s. Every 100 to 200 meters there is a small "fort" and then more walls.
We finished our section - but the wall kept going up and up - but it wasn't "restored" so we were not permitted to walk on it. Amazing to me is that it snows on this section of the wall. The pictures of the wall covered in snow are breathtaking - I'd love to return in the winter and enjoy the wall on a brisk winter day (anybody want to go too???).
Despite rumors to the contrary you cannot see the great wall from space. This was confirmed by China's on astronaut.
We still haven't been able to upload photos - so enjoy this website which also gives some background too. Great Wall Info
We returned to Tiananmen Square at 5:10 am this morning for the changing of the guards. Oddly enough there were already 100,000 people there and we didn't get a good view. It was a perfect morning. After the ceremony we strolled to the Forbidden City and walked around it. The weather was a perfect 15 deg.c, the sun was shining in rich colours over the old buildings, walls and moats. I'm getting tired of not uploading pictures - so I'm hoping our next hotel area offers upload services.
We were finally hungry about 6:30 and had dumplings and soup for breakfast at a small shop. We were the only customers in this call shop and enjoyed watching the owners making dumplings in the fresh morning air.
It is a Holiday
Welcome to "Labor Week" in China. Many people get the week off, so wherever we go it is busy. We'd be very surprised is Beijing wasn't busy - it seems the pollution is going down a bit - maybe the factories are closed and the pollution will lower.
* Bike Riding
* Forbidden City
* Summer Palace
* Pool at new hotel
What we'll skip
* Chicken Feet
* Museum of Nature with preserved bodies
David and Veronica