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December 21, 2012

Climbing the Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China has always held a mystique and allure for me, so during our visit to China it was top of my must-do list. The large number of tourists was expected, but the sheer steepness and the big steps that presented a challenge for even my long legs were a surprise. The first part of the climb was made trickier by the mass of tourists. It would have only taken one person to over balance and the rest of us would have gone over like bowls.

Another surprise was the hazy air. You can see what I mean in this photo. We took this shot at the top of the wall, just below the farthest watch tower. Most people only made it as far as the first watch tower, but hubby and I both climbed as far as we could go. It was well worth the effort, and the beer we drank at the cafe at the bottom of the wall tasted like nectar.

Is there a particular place or historical site that you’ve always dreamed of visiting?


  1. Nancy Henderson

    Would love to visit China, but I’d be scared unless I knew the language, which I don’t. So far away.

    • Shelley Munro

      An awful lot of people speak English, especially in the tourist spots. It’s very easy to arrange a guide.

  2. Keri Stevens

    I JUST found out Wednesday that I get to go with my husband on a two-week business trip to China, and I know NOTHING. So I’ll be digging back through this blog this morning as part of my 70 Hours of China Study I’ve promised myself. Thanks!

    • Shelley Munro

      Grab a copy of Lonely Planet China. They’re excellent guides and hit all the high spots. You’ll have a ball. China is an amazing country.

  3. Marika Weber

    For me its Ireland and Scotland. Castles, ruins and anything medieval. :)

    As for China, I would love to see the Great Wall.

    Marika Weber

    • Shelley Munro

      Maria, I have to agree. I’ll try and post some Irish and Scottish photos when I get home from holiday.

  4. Mary Kirkland

    You go to the most interesting places. I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland.

  5. Heather

    So many places I’d like to visit… Two in the US would be Colonial Williamsburg and the Grand Canyon.

  6. Angela Brown

    The Great Wall of China is a fascinating structure. Looks like it was lots and lots of walking.