China – the great wall
We made it. We got to visit ‘The Great Wall of China‘. When we reached the top of the mountain at Mutianyu and we started our walk on the wall there were about 8-10 people, and randomly a ownerless little dog [part Toto part Lassie] wandering around. Within 20-30 minutes we had the entire section of the wall to ourselves, yeah you know why? no other idiot was going to endure the freezing temperatures that were dropping faster than Miley Cyrus on Robin Thicke.
C-Bob-Foto captured these pictures, it really is something to experience once in a lifetime. The wall rides the ridges of the mountain tops so effortlessly, although walking on it was a little challenging. We were surprised to learn that they purposely made the paths uneven, or filled with optical illusions so as invading soldiers would be disoriented and fall as they tried to attack. Steps were all different heights & paths sometimes abruptly ended into a pit, you really had to be familiar with the path to be able to navigate it at a quick pace.
After all the walking up and down, in and out, and getting down-right giddy having to watch our step as we walked the wall, we made a quick descent to the comfort of a warm car for the trip back to Beijing via a toboggan ride. I know crazy right! Such a fun way to get down. There are two chairlifts or the option of walking down the mountain, but this was too much fun to resist.
This final shot, our guide Lisa [from this small and fantastic tour group] took of us as proof of our visit to ‘The Great Wall of China’. Now we can cross that one-off our ‘TO DO’ list. NEXT!