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:
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!
A very noisy little bug, a cicada I believe