The Great Wall under a Robin Blue Sky

February 18, 2012

Quote of the Day #1: “I just experienced one of the top ten things in my life time: drinking tea with my wife on the Great Wall” ~ one of the teachers (if the wife comment hadn’t already tipped you off.)

QotD#2: “Oh, now I see why you talked about hiking the wall rather than walking on the wall.” ~Upon seeing the Great Wall wending through the mountains.

It was a busy day for us in Beijing. As I write this (at 9:45 pm), the kids are in bed, sleeping to get ready for another busy day in Beijing.

After a yummy breakfast in the hostel this morning, we all piled onto a bus to head up to the Great Wall.  The sky was blue and the weather brisk, perfect hiking weather.

The Jinshanling section of the Great Wall

This section of the Great Wall is about 2 hours north of downtown Beijing. Although it is much further from the city than some sections of the wall, it is spectacular hiking and significantly less crowded. Throughout our hike we saw fewer than 30 other travelers.

This section of the Great Wall was first constructed in 1368 and rebuilt 200 years later in 1567. Parts of the Jinshanling were also fixed up about 30 years ago.  It is very challenging to our concep of history to walk on a wall built 124 years before Columbus “discovered” America and refurbished 209 years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. (We are currently 236 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.)

A group looking over the wall wending though the mountains

Kyler looks out over the wall and the mountians north of Beijing.

Riley greets one of the gods of the wall.

The soldiers on watch for the Mongol Hordes

Chris G. makes a new friend

Doug takes advantage of a captive audience to give a brief lecture on something or other

The group gathers after our hike to take a final photo.

Kaila made a Chinese friend who "helped" her down the mountain from the wall.

We finished the day with a dinner of Beijing Roast Duck (Peking Duck).

I have some video that I will put together and post later. (Probably mid evening EST.)

We will head to the Dirt Market and the Temple of Heaven tomorrow.

Until the next post.

Colin

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5 Responses

  1. Avatar Izzy Kannegieser says:

    So jealous of the beautiful day! (It was snowing when my class went to the Great Wall three years ago)
    Reading at this blog brings back so many memories, and looking back on this trip as a senior now is something very special.
    I’m so excited for the class of 2015, I hope they enjoy the experience as much as I did!

  2. Avatar Barbara Clarke says:

    Thanks for taking the time/effort to do this. Now I can live vicariously through you!

    Aiden’s Grandma

  3. Avatar Mama says:

    Great pictures! Love seeing all the kids and China!! Really nice shots of the Great Wall. Thanks so much for posting these:)

  4. Avatar Mrs. Chaseoumanvp1997ouo says:

    Gorgeous photos! I loved the Great Wall when I went two years ago. I hope you are enjoying your time in China.

    (Kaila, Miranda and Jinny’s advisor)

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