What is more splendid than visiting one of the seven wonders of the world, right in a fellow Asian country? You know they always say, you have not visited Beijing if you have not visited the Great Wall of China. So, here we were, about to be amazed by one of the greatest creation on earth. Joanne (our host) brought us to the entry point in Mu Tian Yu. The Great Wall is so incredibly long that there are many different entry points for visitors. According to Joanne, the one at Mu Tian Yu is the easiest route with the most facilities and refurbishment done. In other words, it is visitor-friendly.
That day was extremely cold, sub-zero Celcius. We were all clothed into plenty of layers, especially me. Look, with a beanie too! It was definitely not easy to move around with such thick jackets wrapping around me. We reached the starting point around 10am, after about 1 hour plus of car trip. There were rows of stalls at the foot of the hill selling souvenirs too.
Joanne and witch
In order to reach the Great Wall, we had to take the cable car up. Luckily for us, it was not the peak season (due to the cold weather) so there was no queue at all for tickets.
Towards cable car entrance
Look, even the cable car waiting room was empty! Judging from the massive size of the room dedicated just to people who wait, I would say this place must have been packed on peak periods!
Cable car waiting room
And so we proceeded straight to the entrance, which was also empty.
Cable car entrance
Look, there’s our cable car!
Our cable car!
After about 5 minutes, there we were. Encapsulated by the great wonder that was the longest wall in the world. It was absolutely stunning to see it with my own eyes what I’d only ever seen on TV. Of course if it was during the spring, the views would have been much nicer and green. During winter, everything just looked dead. But oh well, I was only interested in the wall. *LOL*
The majestic Great Wall of China
Isn’t it amazing how people from thousands of years ago managed to build such strong fort that could withstand the test of time?
witch at the Great Wall
Some of the pictures I took during the visit:
Such a long walk down…
I wonder what were these for?
I love this picture the best!
Nice picture of the never-ending wall
witch with the Great Wall again
Still can’t believe the magnificence of it all
A work of wonder
The never-ending wall
We also took some silly pictures. This was one where we were making silly poses and I took the shadows of us. Could you guess which one was me?
Guess which was me?
Ah, nice picture taken by Liew (Joanne’s hubby).
We set our eyes at one of the higher points of the wall, as was circled in the picture below. It looked like an easy target at first, but man, it was much harder than it looked.
The climb up the stairs was never-ending! I was actually sweating even though the temperature was below 0 degree C. And panting.
Many many steps
Finally, when we were there, we were greeted by this sign board of No Admittance. Apparently, due to landslide, some parts of the wall were eroded and were dangerous for visitors.
Look at what the rain and wind did to the part of the wall. In spite of that, we still went up past the signboard. Cheeky huh? Well, we only went up the first flight of stairs after the signboard, just to see the view from up there. Then it was all the way down again.
Thank god the way back was all going downhill. I definitely preferred going down than up, even though not all of us agreed. Some were saying that going downhill were hurting their knees! The visit to the Great Wall was absolutely fascinating. Hats off to the Chinese!
For the rest of my Beijing, China adventure, check out my Beijing Itinerary.