Great Day at the Great Wall
To steal an idea from Doug Alford: Quote of the Day: “Is that a Pizza Hut?… Win! win!” ~ a student on our drive through Beijing this morning
After a great night of sleep at the King’s Joy Hotel, we were up early for breakfast and headed out on a bus to the Great Wall. The wall is north of Beijing and was originally the demarcation between China and the “wild north.” Words can’t describe the wall. So, in lieu of attempting to try, since they say a picture is worth a thousand words, here are a bunch of pictures of today’s adventures.
We went to the Jinshanling Section of the Great Wall. It is mind boggling to me that we were walking on a structure built 134 years before Columbus “discovered” the Americas and renovated 200 years after being built… 444 years ago!
Since the wall was as much a tool for communication and watching out of the northern barbarians as for defense, it runs along the top ridges of the mountains north of Beijing. This meant a great deal of up and down for us hikers.
There were tons of photo opportunities on top of the wall.
Delaney P. and TC W. hanging out on the wall.
Justin S. taking a picture of Marcello D. and a god of the wall.
Annelisa at the bottom of the stairs.
Zach A. looking happy as we set up for the group photo.
After a great day at the wall, we came back to the city for an amazing Peking Duck dinner.
The mascot of BianYiFang, a famous duck restaurant in Beijing.
Watching the carving of the duck.
Tomorrow we are off to Panjiayuan, the Dirt or the Ghost Market, and then to Tian Tan, the Temple of Heaven.
Now it is time for bed.