Great Wall

So, apart from the heating being stuck on full blast in our room, beetles crawling all over Will’s bed and someone with the noisiest flip flops ever walking up and down the corridor outside the room repeatedly, we slept ok. 

Breakfast of a questionable chicken sandwich which we had to choose last night (I think the sandwiches had been in the fridge for a few days before we got there).

All aboard the bus to Jinshanling. Little did we know what was in store…

A brisk walk to actually get to the wall followed closely by Mongolian ladies trying to sell their wares. 
There was snow in the shade of the mountains.

I’m so not good at walking up stuff. Straight and down is fine, up is another story. So I was pretty breathless…and then I got to the top…

Even more breathless from the views.

Literally bursting with excitement that I was actually on the Great Wall of China! 

On one side, China. On the other Mongolia. Once we were on the wall I realized we had walked up from the Mongolian side. So technically, we’ve also been to Mongolia too now!

We chose Jinshangling as it was noted to be the least touristy. It was slightly more expensive but definitely worth it. Our group was the only group on the wall and Will and I raced ahead (more Will setting the pace and me desperately trying to keep up!)

Will tried impressng the female tour guide by showing her pictures of his building skills.

I think she was suitably impressed. 

Some of the stairs we had to walk up were incredibly steep. 

Will got all contemplative.

Will lived his dream of pretending to build the wall! 

We walked 10km from Shalingkou Pass to the Five Window Tower where we then followed a path back into Mongolia.

After 10km of walking I was ready for a comfort break, I was shown the facilities by a guy playing snooker. 
The ‘restroom’ consisted of a container over a hole in the ground. 

After that experience we were taken to a nearby restaurant (still in Mongolia) and enjoyed some Chinese food and a beer.

All tired and full we piled back onto the bus, and everyone promptly fell asleep, a situation I took advantage of.


Beijing Bound

Better unpack from the last trip!

And I want to learn ukulele.

And I want to go for lunch with friends.

And I need to buy some food.

And I need to pack up my stuff that needs to go home.

And I want to sleep.

And I need to learn some more Chinese.

And I need to book my flights for my adventures after China.

How did I ever find time to work?