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As if visiting one World Heritage Site in a weekend wasn’t enough on Sunday myself and some colleagues headed for the Great Wall of China. No introduction needed here; if you don’t know what it is then it’s probably time to go back to school!

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We went to the restored Badaling section of the wall which is not far from Beijing – here you can walk in either direction. Upon arrival we were mugged a rather lively mob of Chinese school girls who proceeded to insist on taking a million photos with us – I guess this is what it feels like to be a minor celebrity (or in this case just white!). After escaping them we proceeded along the wall which amazingly weaves it always along seemingly impossible ridges – how they every built it is a real marvel. In many places you are practically climbing up/down the stone walkways at some fair perilous inclines, one false step here and it’ll be the last you ever make!

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Both young and old could be seen making the pillgrimage along the wall and it was refreshing not to be restricted by any rediculous health & safety laws which would most certainly make this impossible in the UK without ruining the experience.

Lots more photos here 🙂

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