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  1. #1
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    Day Trip to Great Wall of China

    Ever since I had first read about the Great Wall of China, I had always nurtured a desire to walk along a portion of it. I am so glad to see the day arrive! With images of the Great Wall of China searched on Google unfolding before my eyes—I boarded a rented minibus from Beijing in the early hours of the morning.

    A drive of about 31/2 hours brought me to Jinshanling. Unlike most of the other travelers who visit this Great wall in China through Badaling; I wanted to approach the same from Simatai. The long walk of 10 kilometers along the Wall made me pass through 25 watchtowers - on a bumpy but scenic road.

    This walk usually takes 4-5 hours and takes travelers like me through steep inclines and rough craggy patches. However, the anticipation of viewing the wall at close quarters kept me going along the broken remnants of the Wall. On reaching the entrance, I was joined by one of the Chinese souvenir sellers who followed me up the stairs and along the Great Wall for quite a long time.

    A day trip to the Great Wall of China is definitely incomplete without remembering the history of the ancient Empire—which speaks volumes of the opulence and cultural richness of the eras gone by. This great wall was originally built by various independent kingdoms and has been linked over the years to form the longest wall in the world. Originally constructed to keep out invasions, The 6000 km long stretch of the Great wall was rediscovered by the Chinese tourism industry—becoming one of the most visited destinations for domestic and international tourists alike.

    The steep ascent in the earlier parts of the Great wall made me feel that a day visit to the Great Wall of China can be indeed enduring and demanded a lot of physical fitness. I reached Simatai by noon and sat down to rest my aching feet and take a quick bite of the local fare on sale. The signs of rehabilitation were distinct in the earlier portions of the Great Wall. The second leg of my experiences of the Great Wall of China, took me across a suspension bridge to a steep slope—which was then followed by a climb down to the valley below. Getting down the ladder was certainly nerving and did made me feel my fear for heights once again

    Narrow paths and walking tracks along a dam brought me to a river. There were steps which I had to manage and after what seemed like eternity—I came upon some domestic animals and an air conditioned bus. After a toilet break and a refreshing drink, I boarded the bus—back to Beijing.

    As I slid back in the comfortable chair, I suddenly realized what a difficult day it had been. Though tough in parts and certainly a difficult terrain to walk, the Wall had etched some wonderful moments in my memory—for a lifetime. I shall never forget this day which has brought me closer to the spectacular sights of Mongolia on one side and the sprawling lands of Greater China on the other.

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    That sounds absolutely amazing- though I can see where the element of challenge comes in. Still, what a wonderful experience and memory for you! It's on my list, for sure .
    I'm growing quite a large list, I'm afraid.

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    Having read this, I am convinced that the Great Wall of China is definitely one of the places I would like to visit when the time comes. I am originally from Asia, sadly I have not found the time to do this before moving to another country. My brother in law has gone and swears that it was one of the best experiences of his life - and even had the most amazing shots to prove it.

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    What an incredible story! My god - what I wouldn't give to visit the Great Wall. I have to admit I have some reservations about going to China but then again I've not travelled much in my life due to an intense fear of flying. There is no substitute for lifelong memories however so hopefully one day I will get over my fears and venture there. Congratulations on completing such a wonderful journey!

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    Wow! That's a very nice experience. When I went to the Great Wall, I only walked around for a few minutes. I found the steps very difficult to manage. They were very very steep and uneven. It's so cool that you had the patience and courage to pursue this! It sounds amazing!

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    I am very impressed! It in one of my dreams as well! I'm ashamed to say, although my father is of Chinese, origin, I've never been to China except for short business trips. I never had any time to soak in the culture and to rediscover my roots. A walk along the Great Wall would be the culmination of a dream for me!

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    The Great Wall of China is amazing. We didn't walk along a great deal of it though, due to time. Me and husband got to see it but we was only suppose to be in China on business trip, so we couldn't spend much time exploring sadly.

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    Re: Day Trip to Great Wall of China

    I went to China in 2007 and 2008 and still, to this day, my Great Wall trip was my favorite. When the weather is not quite sunny and not quite rainy, a mist settles over the mountains and walls and it feels as if you were transported back into an era in which the Huns were a true threat to China. Your trip sounds just like mine, except that I ended my climb with a tobogan down the mountain. Yes, you heard correctly...a tobogan. There were employees stationed down the mountain side with bullhorns yelling at my sister and I to slow down, but to no avail. After that experience I firmly believe that all hiking adventures should end with a glorified slide down the mountain.

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    Re: Day Trip to Great Wall of China

    I remember my trip to the Great Wall back when I was asked by my friend to go with her to visit her relatives there.
    I hope to go back someday – maybe to a different section of the wall. I know that no matter how many times I visit the Great Wall, it would still be stunning and awesome, magical and special.

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    Re: Day Trip to Great Wall of China

    Quote Originally Posted by sailthelizard View Post
    Ever since I had first read about the Great Wall of China, I had always nurtured a desire to walk along a portion of it. I am so glad to see the day arrive! With images of the Great Wall of China searched on Google unfolding before my eyes—I boarded a rented minibus from Beijing in the early hours of the morning.

    A drive of about 31/2 hours brought me to Jinshanling. Unlike most of the other travelers who visit this Great wall in China through Badaling; I wanted to approach the same from Simatai. The long walk of 10 kilometers along the Wall made me pass through 25 watchtowers - on a bumpy but scenic road.

    This walk usually takes 4-5 hours and takes travelers like me through steep inclines and rough craggy patches. However, the anticipation of viewing the wall at close quarters kept me going along the broken remnants of the Wall. On reaching the entrance, I was joined by one of the Chinese souvenir sellers who followed me up the stairs and along the Great Wall for quite a long time.

    A day trip to the Great Wall of China is definitely incomplete without remembering the history of the ancient Empire—which speaks volumes of the opulence and cultural richness of the eras gone by. This great wall was originally built by various independent kingdoms and has been linked over the years to form the longest wall in the world. Originally constructed to keep out invasions, The 6000 km long stretch of the Great wall was rediscovered by the Chinese tourism industry—becoming one of the most visited destinations for domestic and international tourists alike.

    The steep ascent in the earlier parts of the Great wall made me feel that a day visit to the Great Wall of China can be indeed enduring and demanded a lot of physical fitness. I reached Simatai by noon and sat down to rest my aching feet and take a quick bite of the local fare on sale. The signs of rehabilitation were distinct in the earlier portions of the Great Wall. The second leg of my experiences of the Great Wall of China, took me across a suspension bridge to a steep slope—which was then followed by a climb down to the valley below. Getting down the ladder was certainly nerving and did made me feel my fear for heights once again

    Narrow paths and walking tracks along a dam brought me to a river. There were steps which I had to manage and after what seemed like eternity—I came upon some domestic animals and an air conditioned bus. After a toilet break and a refreshing drink, I boarded the bus—back to Beijing.

    As I slid back in the comfortable chair, I suddenly realized what a difficult day it had been. Though tough in parts and certainly a difficult terrain to walk, the Wall had etched some wonderful moments in my memory—for a lifetime. I shall never forget this day which has brought me closer to the spectacular sights of Mongolia on one side and the sprawling lands of Greater China on the other.

    Very interesting just reading your post was so amazing and it was like I was there with you. You described the adventure very well and makes me want to know more about it. Did you get to take any pictures of any of it while you were there. If so would really like to see them.

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    Re: Day Trip to Great Wall of China

    A great story. You said that the walk was 10km... is it possible to do a longer one or is this as good as it gets?

 

 

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