The Great Wall of China!!!
Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
171Trip End Oct 01, 2008
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Anyways, back to that wall thingy... the signs on the road out there were priceless, but we finally made it to a section called Mutianyu.
Who knew that the wall never really connected to form one continuous barrier? Also, it was really ineffective against the Mongols in the 13th century and again versus the Manchu in the 17th century. Well, I didn't so it was quite the learning experience for me. We hiked up and down two sections of the wall, one that had been repaired to its former glory and one that was in such disrepair that we had to stop for fear of falling. It was such a cool feeling hanging out on the wall and I can't wait to go back again and camp on it for real. You can set up shop in the watchtowers apparently... who's coming with me next time?
Lucky for us we didn't have to hike down from the wall because this section features a most awesome luge down and the gang tore up the longest luge course I've ever seen!
Back in Beijing after a 2 hour traffic delay (normal apparently) we revisited the hutong house for some bbq and beer pong. Nicky and I took a two-hour break to go check out the Beijing Chaoyang Theater Acrobats and the show was very similar to a cirque du soleil show, but still really cool!
The night ended "early" and I was sooo dead by the time I hit my bed that I didn't even pack for my flight the next morning...