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We woke up to a sunny day and had a buffet breakfast in the hotel before heading out on our day trip. We were going to hike the Great Wall and see the Summer Palace with our guide Chris Wang.

Mutianyu Great Wall

The ride up to the Great Wall at Mutianyu took over an hour. On the ride over there we spent most of the time talking with Chris about the wall. Our excitement built up on our ride. Finally we made it to the Great Wall! We were dropped off at the bottom of the wall and we opted to hop on a chair lift up to the top of the wall. The ride was fun and I got a great view and panoramic photography of the snaking wall up above. Though we paid extra for that experience, it was totally worth it! Soon we were landed on the wall and started to hike along. Luckily we went to this less touristy section of the wall, so we were actually able to enjoy walking around and taking pictures at our own pace. We spent about two hours hiking the wall before it was time to make it back down the mountain! After hours of walking around on the wall, we both got really tired and our ankles hurt! So when we got back to the toboggan site to get down, we just took the slide without hesitation. The toboggan is simply a metal slide that was part of the fun too for our wall hiking experience.

Summer Palace

Getting the wall, safe and sound, we headed to a restaurant for lunch. The food was not anything special, just typical Beijing food. After the lunch break, we hit the road back in town to visit the Summer Palace! The garden houses a number of temples and covers a vast area of land. We walked up to the top of the Longevity Hill to get some panoramic view of the whole park. We took some pictures of the lake and surrounding areas while standing on the hill. Later we went to walk through part of the Long Corridor by the lake.

Overall, it was an incredible day we had and we both had lots of fun!