Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Great Wall

Our first day in Beijing was very full. First on the list was the Great Wall. I did lots of research on what area of the wall I wanted to visit. None of the sections are very close to Beijing (about 2 hours by car) so I picked a section that was less touristy crowded. If we're going to have to drive a long way no matter what, might as well pick one with stunning views and less smelly people.

So the Mutianyu section it was.

Dustin at the entrance
The Great Wall of China - the only man-made structure visible from space - stretches over 1,500 miles. Built only of bricks, stone, and dirt the wall is also the largest tomb in the world with many of its builder's remains buried underneath.

Lots of history here
To get to the top of the mountain we caught a ride.

And then spent two hours marveling at a stone structure that has withstood 2000 years of wars and weather.

A bit muggy
And a bit squinty

A guard tower

In later years, additional weaponry
I will take care of the senior.
It truly is a magnificent sight snaking along the mountains in both directions.

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