Beijing China Travel

Day 7 : Great Wall

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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 🙂

Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Tokyo. Prior to this, he lived in China and still returns frequently to continue exploring this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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