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Amazing Half-day Hiking to Badaling Great Wall

This is my first visit to Beijing! I have long wanted to travel to China but it never worked out, so this time I really made it to Beijing – the capital city of China. You have no idea how excited I was when I saw the city for the first time! I could not believe my own eyes – what an amazing city it is! After settling down in my hotel and having a great dinner, I joined a half day tour to Badaling with our tour guide Chen. It was really fun and a blood-pumping experience while we were hiking all the way up the Great Wall! Never did something like that before, felt like I was going to faint from time to time. The trekking on the wall was much of a challenge for me, after an hour of hiking, I got tired and all, but I got to say, it was all worth it! I really had a wonderful time and a lot of fun with my fellow travelers!

Badaling Great Wall

We were told to set out early just to beat the crazy crowds and it took us about an hour to get to the foot of the hill where the Great Wall is built upon. Looking from afar, the snaking wall meanders along the rugged ranges – really marvelous and spectacular! And it was even more amazing when I stood on the wall myself and looked around at the sweeping view of the surroundings extending as far as my eyes could see! We were all competing with each other, busy with finding great spots to snap amazing photos and enjoying the breathtaking views and the like. More amazing was that Chen kept filling us with the interesting history and legend about the Great Wall. It was really fun and exciting while listening to him to show us the behind-story about the engineering feat!

Along the way we took some rest by the watch towers and talked with each other. It was kind of surprising to find out that some of the fellows came from USA too. We kind of hit it off immediately, talking about our visit to China and sharing our stories with each other! Time went by! It was time for us to get down the wall before we knew it! We all did not want to leave so soon, but it was time, so we got down the wall riding a toboggan – it was really a fun ride! We all had a fantastic time with this hiking to Badaling! Loved it!