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Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking in Summer

This is our last day in Beijing and we were proud of conquering the world treasure – Mutianyu Great Wall. There are five sections of the Great Wall situated in Beijing and we chose the further one so that there are not crowed. However it took us more than two hours to get there. Thanks to the bright sun shine and the gentle breeze, we enjoyed a wonderful time there.

Steep Steps on Mutianyu

He who has not been to the Great Wall is not a true man! Today I got a deeper understanding about it. Climbing to the top was really a big challenge for everyone. The Wall itself was harder to walk on than I had imagined. The watch towers were raised so we were constantly climbing up to them before climbing back down the other side. The steps are very steep and very small, never straight and often with big pieces missing.

After an hour hiking tour, my legs began trembling. A long walk....With determination we started our final climb. We had to stop every 50 steps to catch our breath, but we eventually made it up to the top! So tired, but the scenery deserves it! Standing by the flag at the top, caught our breath and took in the amazing 360 degree view, we all felt very proud. Took a lot of pictures about the magnificent scenery, we started back.

However going down was a lot harder than going up! On the journey back the same way as we had come, my legs were physically shaking from over-exertion and when going down slopes I had to run as my legs didn't have the strength to walk against the steep declines! The climb was the most physically and mentally challenging thing I think I have ever done. It was a lot harder than I had ever expected and have a new found admiration for anyone who climbs the wall.

The hiking tour was so tired that on the way back to our hotel, we all sleep like a log. Anyway we are very satisfied with our tour in Beijing and I will recommend this Mutianyu hiking tour to my friends and all of you. Never hesitate, just try!