Great Wall!! Yeah, baby. Who wouldn’t want to see the humongous man-made structure that can be seen from the moon? For some people, it’s just one big giant wall, but what makes me appreciative of every second I get to see it in the flesh is the FACT that it was built man by man, hand by hand, 100% manual labor. None of the fancy machines and bulldozers we have these days. Now tell me you don’t have respect for these people…
We visited 居庸关 (Pinyin: Ju Yong Guan), one of the many gates and portions of the Great Wall. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Great Wall is not one big section of wall in one place. It’s made up of different sections, separate but near each other. It’s truly HUGE. Just look at that map above – it’s long, winding and freakin’ high, and it’s just ONE PORTION OF THE WALL. 😮
Yummy goat meat sticks are to be had outside the wall entrance. Also, meet the teachers who I had fun with for one whole month! It’s amazing – different ages, cultures and backgrounds, yet we all found a way to get together and have a rollin’ time. Miss them already!
Define MAJESTIC. This would be the picture in the dictionary entry of the word.
Truth be told: I didn’t really climb up the wall. 😮 Yeah, I got to this section, and climbed up two sets of stairs, but it was seriously a problem for height-fearing people like me. Because the wall and everything in its structure was built on mountains, the stairs and walkways aren’t actually as straight as you would assume. They lean to the left or right, quite drastically at times, and the stairs are quite narrow. Suffice to say, my legs felt like jelly by my third set of stairs, and walking through some walkways made me feel woozy. Not kidding you. Pwedeng-pwede talaga pang-Amazing Race ito! (This really suits the Amazing Race well!) Seriously, it’s way more challenging than it looks…
The writing on the tablet reads: “不到长城非好汉” or simply translated, “if you have not been to the Great Wall, you are not a man”. Mao Zedong is responsible for this quote… and I completely understand why. Hahaha! Funny thing was, this looks like the only tablet with this writing on it, and prior to this we were on quite a crowded area with this same tablet, and people were taking pictures with it nonstop. As in, it was impossible to get a shot with only you in the frame. We got frustrated and took our best shots, but went strolling around and found this… *lightbulb* PICTURE TIME! 😀
Didn’t have as much photos as expected, mainly because I just got lost at taking in the scenery with my eyes. This amazing wall, which in spite of the lack of modern techniques has stood for hundreds of years, framed against the natural beauty of the rugged mountains – it never gets old.