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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.

Half Day Walk outside Beijing

Over the last couple of days, I had been tied up with work. Yesterday, I got a day off, however. I figured that I might as well stretch my legs for a little bit. So I decided to head for the Great Wall outside Beijing for a walk. I really had fun that half day of walking on the wall at Badaling section.

Badaling Great Wall

My tour guide picked up at my hotel in the morning and we jumped on a van and hit the road to Badaling. The ride over there took me less than an hour. It was a sunny day, and the sun just started to show up in the sky when we got there. We waited in line for a while to get the tickets, afterwards, we hopped on a chair lift up the mountain where the wall was built. I got a great view of the snaking wall on the lift up. The wall itself was very impressive. We started to walk along the stone path the second we landed on the wall. As we walked along the wall, the crowds got thick - it did not surprise me though, considering that it was such a fine day and everyone needed some outdoor exercises, just like me. The mountain air was very crisp and refreshing at that time. It felt really great to breathe in the fresh air and take in everything came my way while walking along the path. There were plenty of great picture opportunities on the wall. My tour guide Lee was filling me in some history and legend about the Great Wall by my side, which made my walk on the wall more meaningful.

After over an hour of walking along the paths, I had to take a rest and catch some breath as my ankles started getting sore. So we found a watch tower where there were fewer tourists hanging around. By the time we continued on our walk, the sun had made its way almost in the middle of the sky. It was getting hotter and hotter, which made our walk even more difficult. My efforts were rewarded by the scenery, though, as we walked further on the wall. The scenery was even more spectacular than I saw before. Soon, it was time to get off the wall and call it a day for me. We grabbed a toboggan slide down the wall, which added more fun to my walk on the wall.

Overall, it was a great half day break and I really enjoyed my walk on the wall. I cannot wait to explore outside Beijing again! This time I will venture further.

Gaining Two Elegant Wonders

For my terrific holiday, I felt very happy that I got closer distance with my dream of climbing Chinese Great Wall buildings. For extremely difference is that Badaling Great Wall and Mutianyu Great Wall all appeared in my holiday. Adventuring these two sections is the suggestion of my sister. We all liked Chinese culture very much. We spent about half day doing our preparation, food, water, umbrella, cash, etc.

Badaling Great Wall

Once met the tour guide, we felt very shy for the handsome boy. What made us exciting is he held so many humorous feeling. On the whole journey, we laughed and talked about Chinese two sections - Badaling Great Wall and Mutianyu Great Wall. He was careful sharing more information with us. First destination is Badaling Great Wall. Getting off the car, we took the first picture with it. Elegant appearance, mysterious history and lifelike dragon-style appearance left us the deepest impression. Oh, this is just the Great Wall. We all started became exciting. Climbing journey is most unforgettable experience. There are many tourists coming to this section with cameras. Weather on the day showed hotter. Taking umbrella is not convenient. The ground is best preserved. Sceneries in the far distance are also impressive and breathtaking. In the summer, all the plants and trees seemed to reach their utmost growing. When climbed over the half way journey, I felt very tired. Each stage is just like an elegant mountain awaiting us. We sited under the watchtower and drinking water. To our lucky is the water sold in the Great wall is expensive. So doing preparation in advance is really a nice idea.

Compared with Badaling Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall would present more charming and beautiful surrounded by large part of trees. With best preserved appearance, this section is full of no so crowded tourists. I liked this section very much. However, my sister liked Badaling Great Wall. I liked its unique tranquility. She is very interested in the live atmosphere. There are rubbish boxes established on adding modern tastes to the world wonders. After climbing at the high point, overview scenery left us a shock. Green color is the main color of the whole area with elegant mountains and wild birds. I seemed to have smelled the tastes of ancient China.

On the way back to the downtown hotel, my mind is still lingering in the Great Wall buildings, very impressive!

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