Haider, my dancing friend from Dallas, decided to come to Beijing for a weekend trip (long ways, I know). So we decided to spend 1 day on Great Wall and the other day in Tiananmen. It also happened that Hilary is going back to Dallas in about a week and she hasn’t visited the Great Wall during her 3 years of stay in China. As a saying goes, “If you haven’t climbed the Great Wall, you haven’t seen China.” So I took Hilary with us.
Since there is no public transportation to Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, we hired a taxi, hoping to dodge the massive tourist crowd all going to Badaling section of the Greatwall. Mutianyu is a newer restored section than Badaling, and it is further away from the city. It took us 2.5 hours with traffic to arrive here.
After half an hour of climb, the wall, the wall!
Where is the restroom?
Up, up we go!
“I don’t care there stuff sticking out from the back of my ass!”
We could see slide doing down the Great Wall.
Awesome view from the wall.
He ended up carrying our backpacks, thanks Haider!
A lost kite hanging in a tree.
Carving the plate “I’ve been on the Great Wall of China” for Haider
Hard at work.
The famous “Devil’s Stretch”, 425 steps of non-stop straight up to the top.
A yellow-black centipede typical to the region.
We found stairs going up one of the towers.
Time to head down the Great Wall, and we decided to take a slide ride.
Hilary’s barely over child’s height to get charged adult fare….
Forward = gas, back = break
sliding down the greatwall
After the Great Wall, I took Haider to a local swing dance party. We found two dancers singing Karaoke on water lilies.