I kind of wanted to save the best for last, and the Great Wall was definitely the highlight of our trip to Beijing for me. We hired a driver for the day and took in the wall at Mutianyu (close to Beijing, but not as close as Badaling, so not quite as many people – but still a lot), the Ming Tombs, the Sacred Way, and then back in Beijing we were taken to the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube (ok, so there may be a couple more Beijing posts to come…). Anyway, one of the conditions for us coming to China was that we would get to see the Great Wall. I’d like to go back and hike it for something more than the kilometre or so that we walked (taking a tired 3-month old further – on steep hills – wasn’t something we thought was worth doing on this day).
Hawkers hassling everyone on the way to (and from) the entrance to the wall. Actually, I did buy a tacky Great Wall hat, as I had left mine back at the hotel.
The Chinglish is even on the wall…
We didn’t walk all along here…
Deceptively looking like we’re alone on the wall
Us – and everyone else