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5 Days Great Wall Hiking, Exciting!

Been in Beijing for quite a while and spent a great time in the city. Most memorable experience is no doubt my visit to the Great Wall. Visited a whole bunch of sections of the wall. Had so much fun and plenty of experiences of lifetime.

Mutianyu Great Wall
It was the Great Wall at Badaling, Juyongguan and Mutianyu sections that I was taken to see first. The Great Wall at those sections was very well restored, making the walk on the wall easier than those I visited the next few days. It was really amazing to see the Great Wall up-close and personal. I took my time to explore those structures on the wall, such as the watch towers, beacon towers, fortresses and barracks. Juyonguan was marvelous and very complete, with city wall well preserved and restored, giving me a chance to see it all and a good sense of what the Great Wall was all about. I did not enjoy my visit to Badaling, very crowded and too touristy. The wall at Mutianyu section is nothing special, but the scenery out there was even more dramatic and incredible. While hiking all the way up the wall, I also took my time to take in the fresh outdoor air, fascinating countryside landscapes. It was really fun and so exciting to walk up and down the stone path, snap great photos the minute I found something fascinating. At Mutianyu section, great photo opportunities were at every bend of the wall. The sight of the wall snaking upon the rugged mountains completely blew me away. Really had fun out there!

For the last few days, I ventured further off the beaten path sections, including Jinshanling and Simatai sections. Climbing up the crumbling path over those sections was very challenging to me, but that was part of the fun and full of exciting experiences. Puffing up and down on the crumbing path was something I never did before and it was really a whole new experience! The sights I took in at those sections were so much better than those at Mutianyu and Juyongguan, I really loved it out there. How I wished that I could set up a tent out there and spend the night. The crumbling paths were overgrown with bush and shrub, making every step much of a challenge. The photos I got over there were even more amazing and rare and I hope they do justice to the sight out there.

Overall, best wall experience I ever had in Beijing!

Cloudy Weather but Totally Happy Holiday

Last week, under the suggestion of my friends, we had a happy holiday in Beijing. Studying in Beijing for three years, this is my first time having such a terrific tour. We all liked the tour guide - Lily very much.

Mutianyu Great Wall
First, we climbed the Mutianyu Great Wall. If you say Badaling Great Wall is the most famous and best preserved, Mutianyu Great Wall is more charming in my opinion. It is very suitable for climbing. Upon arrived at the foot of the Great Wall, I was impressed by the tranquil environment nearside. Weather on the day is cloudy which make this environment more mysterious. Standing for a while, all my nerves are inspired by the luxuriant green trees. After doing everything preparation, we started to climb to the top point.

Perhaps because of the cloudy weather, the ground seemed to be watered by rain. Tourists are less and we just enjoyed the leisure hiking journey. After passing through the beginning steps, we come to the watchtower buildings. Standing here, the mysterious ancient building seized all our minds from modern days to the ancient times. The bricks, building designs, watchtowers and the gates all are matched to Chinese ancient war times. It is very easy to understand the windows built on the wall. I really did not know how the ancient labors carry the large scale brick on such high altitude under the poor condition. I imagined even though the weather is rainy, I like it very much, because it is natural without any decoration. Sitting on the ground, leaning on the wall, fully relaxed. We drank up the water and ate all the snacks we brought. There are many rubbish boxes in the wall in case of the littering anywhere. About one hour climbing, we arrived at the top. This time, we shouted, echoing sent and back. It seemed to be that only we three existed in the mountain but nothing. This kind of feeling is really unforgettable in my lifetime.

Summer Palace
After the Great Wall climbing, we came to the Summer Palace. The beauty and charming view have been mixed into the cloudy weather. It is just like a fairy summer resort housing breathtaking sceneries, delicate pavilions and large sale water areas. We stepped on the Tower of Buddhist Incense and have a pray. The design is really my favorite point. Ancient people are very smarter with each corner designed perfect.

Although it is cloudy, it has typical advantage to make everything more charming!

Memorable Day-trip in Beijing

This time, together with my son we have visited a bunch of historic sites in Beijing for the last few days. The most memorable day-trip we did is our visits to the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. Definitely the highlight of our trip to Beijing.

Mutianyu Great Wall
That day-trip started with a trip to the wall at Mutianyu. The ride over there took a bit longer but the traffic was not as busy though. We did a great trek on the wall and enjoy fantastic sightseeing too. The wall snaked all the way up the mountains and disappeared into the horizon. The sight was truly overwhelming and we both loved the wall. The section was well restored and the path was really great for trek. The whole area was covered by greenery and standing on the wall, I was filled with awe and respect toward the wall itself. I saw the wall but I just could not believe how it was built on the steep mountains back in the day. There were fewer visitors out there and plenty of great photo opportunities on the wall. Really enjoyed the morning trek to its fullest that day. Later we headed back to the city and had lunch.

Forbidden City
Our afternoon-trip started with a visit to the Tiananmen Square and we did some sightseeing and took dozens of photos over there. Then we headed to our first favorite sight - the Imperial Palace, now a palace museum. We first got inside the wall with our guide through a magnificent gate. By the time we made it through the gate, there was already a large crowd out there. We went ahead and finally got in the palace. The palace itself is really huge and we both felt kind of dizzy walking through the gates and walls with our guide. We were really glad that our guide was with us all the time or else we would have lost our way inside the palace. There seemed to be so many awe-inspiring buildings inside the palace and all very impressive. Some of the halls display reassure exhibits and others were exquisitely decorated. No wonder the palace was once home to the Chinese emperors and royal family. The palace was as luxury as it could be. We both got a better understanding of the imperial palace. The experience was really fantastic and we both enjoyed exploring the palace.

Overall, it is the best day-trip we did in Beijing. Loved it!

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