The Great Wall under a Robin Blue Sky
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.
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.)
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.