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Unforgettable Walk on Great Wall

The weather was perfect the day when I decided to go for a walk on the Great Wall of China. After met my tour guide at my hotel, we hit the road for Badaling Great Wall.

Badaling Great Wall

The car ride to the wall took about an hour. The foothill of the wall was of course quite touristy when we got there. There were cable car, sled as well as tourist stalls - all kind of reminded me of the perfect tour. I grabbed a cable car up the great wall. It was a good idea because the lift ride really saved me more energy for my walk on the wall. Badaling is a well restored section and the closest one from city proper of Beijing. The walk on the wall was just incredible. It was quite challenge for my feet but I was treated to quite a sight while hiking along the wall. There were many Chinese visitors struggling up the wall, just like me. With the crowds it was hard for me to pace myself on the wall. After an hour of walk, I caught my first glimpse of the wall - snaking along on the rugged hill. While walking along the wall I found that the walls on both sides were built with different heights. My tour guide told me that we were on the China side, so the wall did not need to be built so high. However, the Mongol side was much higher - what a clever idea!

Mutianyu Great Wall

In the afternoon, we headed for Mutianyu section. I climbed up at the western path of the wall, which was roughly in the middle of the Mutianyu section. The path was relatively flat, with the wall snaking ups and downs, but not on a hard-to-handle level. About every few hundred meters there was a watchtower ahead. The watch towers were restored too and I used them as marks to count my time. The pathway was fully paved with square stones, making my walk quite easy. Like at Badaling, the wall meandered along the top of the mountain ridge - quite a sight to see while trekking on the wall. By the end of my walk on the wall, I grabbed a toboggan ride down the wall and so my trip ended on a pleasant and tiring note.