The Great Wall of China

28th July 2014

This was a biggy for me, one of those on the big ‘To Do’ list!

I didn’t want to go to the great wall where it looks like this:

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This would have been my worst nightmare and I would have absolutely hated it!  I’d already suffered huge squawking crowds at the Summer Palace and the Forbidden City, I wasn’t going to submit myself to it again intentionally!

So I booked a trip where I would be walking from Jinshanling to Simatai, which has far less tourists on it because it is about 170km away from Beijing, whereas in the picture above is Badaling which is the closest section.

I hiked for 9km, firstly over part of the reconstructed wall, then over the old, untouched part.  Over rugged steep steps, up and down the 22 towers, all in the 38° heat – phew!  It was truly an amazing experience.  One that doesn’t need many words, just a share of the many, many photos I took!

Before I came away on this trip, my Auntie Joan gave me some money for my trip, and I said I would use it for something special, and this is the trip that I bought with it, so thank you Auntie Joan!

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Loving the rugged part
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I wasn’t sorry we couldn’t climb this set of steps!
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Wall repairs
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Milou (French) and Alfredo (Spanish)
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End of the road
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I did it!
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A big bug!
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A big ant!
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A very noisy little bug, a cicada I believe

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8 thoughts on “The Great Wall of China”

  1. How amazing Claire!! Lovely photos. Were you on your own and what happened to your mates from the Mongolian trip??

    1. I was on a group trip but yes on my own. Unfortunately we had to go our separate ways as their plans were to stay longer in Mongolia before heading to China for two months. My train was already booked out and my China trip booked too. We are hoping to cross paths in South America next year fingers crossed! 🙂 xx

  2. and to think l have just advised my neighbours to see Southampton City Wall while the are there, seems a bit petty after your amazing adventures. daddykins xxx

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