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Walk All the Way up the Great Wall

Last weekend, I visited a few sections of the Great Wall. I had an incredible walk on the wall and after 2 days of walk, I was really tired and yet satisfied that I had explored the wall up close and personal. I got to say I have never done so much walking in 2 days before. But what can I say? It is the Great Wall and one got to see it once in a lifetime. Here is how the whole walk went.

Juyongguan Great Wall

Honestly, I did not like it there at Badaling. It was kind of packed with crowds and very touristy, though the wall and other structures of the wall were very well restored and all. But I did enjoy walking Mutianyu and Juyongguan sections. As for Juyongguan section, it was the scenery of the snaking wall and the breathtaking countryside that really impressed me the most. My walk on the wall went very well and I also run into a few foreign travelers just like me. They asked me to help them to take a couple of group photos for them. Then we had a great conversation about the wall and other travel experiences we had to share with each other. It was really fun with someone to share the Great Wall experience. By the way, the great picture opportunities were all over the place. Everything was perfect that day, pleasant weather, sunny day yet not too hot, occasional clouds drifting above head, hardly anyone out there, so I got the wall kind of all to myself. All I had to do was just to take my time to take in everything that came my way on the wall.

Mutianyu Great Wall

The next day, I headed for Mutianyu for a walk and some sightseeing. It was also worthwhile and I loved it there too. The walk was great and I kept myself busy taking photos while walking on the wall. There were a few watch towers at Mutianyu that really grabbed my attention. I was sure I did not see something like that at other sections. The three towers kind of stood near each other and looked very impressive indeed. The views out there really took my breath away!

Overall, I really enjoyed every minute of my walking on the wall. It was just as incredible as it could be!

Short Journey, Fun and Exciting

A couple of weeks ago I thought I could never actually get to see the Great Wall. But fortunately enough my meeting with my superior got cancelled, so I got an entire day off work. I got to Beijing on a train ride very late on Monday. My tour guide picked me up and took me to the hostel where I checked in and then went to bed.

Mutianyu Great Wall

The next day I got up nice and early and after my tour guide showed up at my hotel, we headed off to the Great Wall on a van. This was the first time that I booked a tour to visit the Great Wall while I was on a business trip to China the whole time. Being first time visitor to the Great Wall, I got so excited and I wanted it to be done in the right way. On the ride over there, I had some small talk with my tour guide. She was very funny and knowledgeable. We got to Mutianyu section around 10:00am and headed off to the wall the minute we jumped off the van. My tour guide told me that this section of the wall was the less visited of the wall and not busy like some other sections. I got two hours to explore the wall. I got to say it felt really great to stretch my legs for a while after weeks of work and business.

The walk on the wall was fun and incredible. I saw a couple of towers on the wall - all in different shapes and sizes. Great pictures were all over the wall as the snaking wall meandered upon rugged mountain and disappeared into the remote horizon. After two hours of walking, it was time for us to get down the wall. The toboggan ride down the wall was more fun. It was just a shame that I only got half day to explore the wall and take in the refreshing countryside. Anyway, I am really glad that I have seen one of the Seven Wonders of the World. After we got down the wall we then headed back to the hostel.

I completely enjoyed my walk on the wall and it was probably the most fun stuff I did in China.

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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