Walking on a 5,500 Mile Grave - Beijing, China
And, here we go visit, the most essential travel spot of Beijing. When someone says Beijing, you think of...the pollution, the Great Wall of China and the Great Wall of China. And 11 million people. And we happen to come across the Great Wall of China! Yay!
There are so many decisions to make on the wall. What section? The popularity? Difficulty of hike? Level of tourism? It's simply ridiculous. Thanks to my beautiful commitment to this attraction, we read off my Great Wall notes and chose this section called Mutianyu. It was less crowded, beautiful hike, not too difficult and not too easy either. PERFECT. And we got to slide down the mountain on toboggans. WIN!
The view on the wall was so amazing! We hiked in watch towers and up and down the stairs and i got my week supply of workouts in that one hike. So the wall wasn't that tall but it was more lengthy. If you were to fall off the wall ( which i have no idea why you would want to ) you would only fall about 10 feet. And probably land in a soft bush! Not to your doom. At some parts, the wall stood almost vertical and we had to practically climb up, almost like a ladder.
But i do have to admit that the climb was extremely long. Sometimes the stairs were as large as your shins so you had to take big and awkward steps. Other times they were those really annoying small in height steps that are really wide so you needed to take striding steps. So even if it looked like we didn't go very far, we walked like all the way to Antarctica. Slight exaggeration.
Most people when they walk across the wall only think about the view and about the tiredness of the hike. But they forget that the wall is practically a ginormous gravestone in which over 400 000 people lay dead. It's like the Wall is built to cover up all the dead bodies and it's kind of unnerving. Although i do have to act like a tourist and admit that the Wall is very beautiful.
On the way down we used these toboggans! I went behind dad and Lucy and Myka behind me, and mom and Eli behind her. But, in front of my father was this couple who went like 0.19km/h. So every time i'd zoom down the slide, despite the KEEP HANDS OF THE BREAK signs on the sides, i'd be forced to break in order that i wouldn't crash into Lucy. But when there weren't any security cameras or supervisors, Myka and i would stop in the middle and wait for daddy and Lucy to go ahead. It was okay because Eli was on his breaks most of the time and was some ways behind us. Without the breaks, you literally glide over the surface at 90km/h and you'd fly off the circuit. It's pretty fast.
But overall, our trip to the Great Wall of China was pretty amazing to visit even if the couple ahead of us was really slow. Ok this blog is done now. 1 out of 361. Bye! Please read my next blog which will hopefully be ready soon. BYE
P.S. There will be a lot about Xi'an
P.P.S. Photo creds go to Emma Der
P.P.P.S. This photo was taken during a break from eating dinner