The Great Wall
The Great Wall of China...or if you're talking to Karl Pilkington, "The Alright Wall of China". I'll will agree with the former in this case because, wow! I'm not sure how you would build this today and to build something on this scale so long ago had to have involved Dumbledore somehow!
We spent several hours at a small section of the wall that had both tourist and non-tourist sections. We may have visited both...oops, I can't read?? Well, when we saw a group of 7 year olds walking back from the "restricted" section we knew we couldn't be shown up! Onwards!
We walked down a narrow path and quickly saw that this area was not kept at all. It was nice to see the wall how it is naturally today - not rebuilt and set up for tourists, but the natural decay of it.
The further we walked the more rubble we saw, which gave it more character in my eyes. We enjoyed the views and were able to see more of the wall from here...I can only imagine how beautiful it is when the leaves are changing color.
The Wall according to Joe:
The world’s longest graveyard…the stone snake…The Great Wall of China! We’ve got to go! Just think about it - walking on something that was built 1,000s of years ago.
During some dynasties literally every man was forced to work on the wall to the point where farming was lost and women were afraid to have boys. The jobs were that dangerous.
Ok, so yea The Great Wall. HUGE tourist trap, we are going to be packed in like sardines and struggle just to move through one section of the wall, right? WRONG. The lack of crowd at the Great Wall was one of the more surprising parts of the entire trip. We found plenty of spots to be alone, have some photo shoots and take in the sights together.
The last renovation done on the wall was done in the 1980s. They have literally been continually working on sections of this wall for a millennia. It’s amazing. The part of the wall we were brought to was the renovated part. But if you walk far enough you can find your way to the run down part. I really wanted to go walking on this part to the next watch tower. (There are an estimated 25,000 watch towers on the wall. There must have been one every mile or half mile.)
We were a bit hesitant because it wasn’t the easiest or pleasant looking walk. But when we saw a group of twelve children, who couldn’t have been more than 10 years old trudging back from that watch tower the opposite way, it shamed us into doing it.
The Great wall was AMAZING (Sorry, Karl Pilkington) I mean I got to walk on a wall that Genghis Khan’s Mongolian empire attacked - history nerd, I know.
We ventured to that last watch tower we could see and went no further because there was no "further". It stopped there. Or at least it was so destroyed that there was no way I was hiking it in my Steve Madden combat boots.
I specifically chose the Mutianyu area of the wall to visit because a little bird had told me about a toboggan that you could take back down to the village. Wonder of the world AND rides?! Sign me up! I don't want to say that this was my favorite part of the day...but this was my favorite part of the day!
Shopping at the foot of the wall was a comedy show to say the least. We played dress up and bargained with everyone on the street who swore their items were hand made! Oh really, someone hand made this embroidered piece of art?...oh look 8,000 more are being sold at the vendor next to you for half the price!