Beijing Day 3 – The Wall. Trust me, it’s great.

With a span of 5,500 miles designed to keep out an entire country, a cost of over 400,000 lives during construction which left bodies built into the wall itself (so it’s been said), and its panoramic view, it’s no wonder this popular tourist destination is considered one of the “Seven Great Wonders of the World”. There is simply nothing quite like it.

If you plan to visit the Great Wall, don’t forget to do your research on the best way to arrive there whether it be by bus, taxi, or minivan. Victor was able to book us a driver in a minivan so 11 of us piled into the vehicle for a round-trip cost of only 20 USD each.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlthough this hike takes only about 30 minutes (harmless right? no.), the hike is extremely steep so bring plenty of water and take rests! I was so winded after 10 minutes. Stair-master training at the Wooden Center did not prepare me for this.

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As soon as you stop to catch your breath, you lose it again at the sight of this. Simply breathtaking.

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No picture of mine can accurately show you how awe-stricking this visit is. It’s one of those things you have to see for yourself to understand.

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The sky that day! We were so fortunate to go on a day with such clear, smogless skies!

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After the Great Wall, you have the option of hiking back down, taking the ski lift, or sliding down in a toboggan! Unfortunately, we finished our visit a bit too late and missed the cut-off time for the toboggan, but the ski lift was still very scenic nonetheless.

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