April-May 2013, Beijing – The Great Wall of China

Great Wall of ChinaGreat 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…

Great Wall of ChinaGreat Wall of ChinaGreat Wall of ChinaGreat Wall of ChinaWe 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. 😮

Great Wall of ChinaGreat Wall of ChinaYummy 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!

Great Wall of ChinaWithout further ado – off to the wall!

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Define MAJESTIC. This would be the picture in the dictionary entry of the word.

Great Wall of ChinaDon’t exactly know why these were here, and the tourist guide wasn’t around for me to ask. One thing’s for sure though, these aren’t locks to symbolize couple love like how it is in… Korea? Japan? 😮

Great Wall of ChinaGreat Wall of ChinaGreat Wall of ChinaUs pretending to be the archers who shot from these walls. During those times, this wall really would look like a formidable defense against enemies.

Great Wall of ChinaTruth 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…

Great Wall of China…so cowardly, height-fearing me just went for a stroll with an older teacher through the more stable, flat areas. LOL

Great Wall of ChinaGreat Wall of ChinaGreat Wall of ChinaThe 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! 😀

Great Wall of ChinaGreat Wall of ChinaGreat Wall of ChinaDidn’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.

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