Adventures in China : Great Wall

December 09, 2010  •  Leave a Comment

The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall stretches 5,500 miles from Shanhaiguan to Lop Nur along the southern edge of Inner Mongolia. 



Kim & Dennis on the Great Wall

The wall began as a series of stone and earthen fortifications in the 5th century BC.  Building continued through the 16th century.   The most famous sections were built by 220 and 206 BC by Emperor Qin Shi Huang.  The wall was built from stone, wood and bricks from the near-by hills.


While many sections of the wall have fallen in disrepair large portions have been repaired.   These are visited by streams of tourists.



Many people visit the Great Wall

 Northern Pass of Juyongguan = Badaling

One well visited section is about 45 minutes from Beijing in the Northern Pass of Juyongguan.   This section protected China’s capital.   It has many watch towers as it runs long some very steep slopes.
It was quite a climb.



Kim & Dennis climbed to on of the high watch towers – almost



Dennis
Kim

Along the way we met many vendors sell various souvenirs along the way.

An artist selling engraved tiles with images of the wall
The View from the Wall
At Badaling there are 2 paths to take.  One less steep but much more heavily traveled.
And one very steep and much less traveled.
It was worth the climb – the view was fantastic.


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