不到长城非好汉
He who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a true man.
Mao Zedong

So recently we went to the Great Wall of China (万里长城) at Badaling (八达岭), about 50 miles away from Beijing. It’s the most visited chunk of the wall due to its proximity to China’s capital, and it’s really well suited to visitors and tourists like us! Woo hoo!

The entrance

Check out the massive sign on the hill, advertising the Olympics. There’s going to be a lot of recycling done in China in November…

Wallllllls

It was about 40rmb (£3) to get ‘in’ to the wall, and then you could choose to go left or right. How exciting! As we knew nothing about anything, we went left! I was pretty happy with our decision as it seemed like our direction was the ULTRA HARDCORE one…

Treees

…as this steep picture suggests! It was quite worrying seeing some of the people (60+ yrs old) really trying to hold on to the guardrails as their lives flashed before their eyes. I was also crapping myself at various points, especially when J revealed his ‘tactic’ of running down the wall (“it’s the safest way to do it”)…

Weaponsssss

We saw this mad set of stairs on the side of the wall…but J assured me that he’d seen a documentary about the GWOC a few weeks ago and this was NOT a battering ram. I was sad.

More wallllll

Walll walll walll!

emoooo

All along the wall there are small rooms where you can sit and emo-photo (or hide from the rain). I preferred the former.

wall and treeeee

It’s a really long wall.

Ric Flair strut China style

This picture was meant to show off how steep this section of the wall was, but it ended up with J doing the robot / Ric Flair strut.

I won\'t call

Seriously I have no idea…

Victory!

Well we made it to the top, so why not reward ourselves with some ice-cold beer or four! Interestingly, the price of beer decreased the higher you got – the shop at the gate charged 30rmb per can (£2.20ish), but at the highest point that we could reach the lovely ‘travelling salesman’ woman charged….5rmb! China: Where supply and demand make no sense.

3 Comments


  1. u is teh king of china!


  2. The higher up you go, the less people there are = the less demand there is… Cmon, its not rocket science!


  3. wow. u was in the great wall of china…

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