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Oct 5, 2009 - Day 16: Beijing - Great Wall
I can hardly begin to explain the emotion felt about seeing and standing on the Great Wall of China. Just driving up those incredible mountains and catching glimpses of the wall brought shivers down my spine and I grew more and more excited as we rounded each bend. Finally we arrived at Simatai, about a three hour drive from Beijing and stood there marvelling at the wall snaking across the top of the ridge. It was a majestic sight to see. Some of us opted to take the cable car and venicular railway half way up, and this gave us a completely...Jump to full entry
Jun 7, 2008 - The Great Wall of China!
After fuelling up on a big breakfast, our bus picked us up from our hostel at 8:00am for the 4 hour drive to the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall, where we are starting our 10km hike to Simatai. A walk that our tour leader says will take about 4 hours to complete. We arrive at the wall, and she gives us the opportunity to skip the walk cause "it's really difficult.... sometimes you must climb on your hands and knees it is so steep"... perfect, just great, I think. Here I am petrified that my back is going to give out, and she's putting...Jump to full entry
Jun 6, 2008 - The Great Wall
What is nice about this trip is that we leave at reasonable times. It was 9am before we left for a 3 hour private bus rid through the city to Gubeikou town- The Great Wall. Our introduction was " This part of the wall is really tough, with the original wall at parts incline so steep you have your hands on the step in front of you and is 10 km's to Simatai. Once on the wall there is no going back". We all though oh my! I tells ya... this was the hardest thing I have ever done! It took more than fours hours... at times we went over 103 steps...Jump to full entry
Mar 25, 2008 - The Great Wall Rocks!
By Laura The Great Wall of China was built over two thousand years ago by Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of the Qin dynasty, to keep out invaders from the North. It was later expanded during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Today, it is falling apart, but is being rebuilt for tourists. The wall is called “Wan-Li Qang-Qeng” in Chinese, which means 10,000-Li Long Wall (10,000 Li = about 5,000 km, or over 3,000 mi). We got to visit the Great Wall of China and I had so much fun! We had the opportunity to sleep on the wall, and Mr. Sun, who...Jump to full entry
Aug 16, 2006 - Simatai (Great Wall of China)
Wonderful. Our best day in China at Terracotta Warriors has probably been surpassed in less than four days (although it is a close call!) Will leave most of this to the photos that we hope to eventually put on the website, but this is a must do for any travellers reading this. As Mao said, "He who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a true man" The Great Wall actually only came into being once many separate walls were brought together by that man Qin Shi Huang again (the Terracotta man) 2200 years ago, but at this stage it was mostly...Jump to full entry
Jun 15, 2006 - The Great Wall
After a couple of day's rest in Beijing, and settling into the "roughing it" 5 star hotel, Helen and Laura headed out for a 2 day trip to the Great Wall. Now, maintaining their approach of wanting to see the best of everything, they did not opt for the part of the wall that is most popular with tourist (and closest to Beijing), but on the recommendation of a couple of Danish blokes met in Australia, headed much further out to a tiny village called Jinshanling, on the edge of the Beijing province, some 160km north of Beijing. After the...Jump to full entry