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Great Wall Mountain Climbing
Submitted by bugsly on Monday, May 15, 2006 - 22:35 Car | China | Core | Walk

This morning we got up very early and joined every other tourist walking up along the great wall. We arrived at the most popular (and renovated) site, Badaling, after a forty five minute drive through hills and mountains. The slope on the wall is incredibly steep and if you are pregnant or suffer from a heart disability I would not suggest climbing it (not kidding!). The view was amazing from the “top” (in other words at the point where we could not take one more step) and there were lookout windows that also serve as great air conditioning on hot (and windy) day. We went back down avoiding the hoards of salesmen except for one nice gentlemen selling postcards. Michael and I slid all the way down the railing on the side of the wall.

Our next stop was a quick lunch and then the Summer Palace. The main attraction there is a very large, tasteless, marble boat. An empress spent all her money on it and I am surprised that it even floats! We were quite tired (even thought it doesn’t seem like much in one day) by the end of our marble boat excursion. So we all went back to the hotel, although Dad and I went back out ten minutes later to meet some friends of his at Starbucks. We had a delightful conversation, but eventually we had to go. We said goodbye and stayed at home for the rest of the day.


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