Probably the thing I was most interested in seeing in China was the Great Wall. We not only had beautiful weather, but since we were there right after the big Labor Day holiday, it wasn’t very crowded.
We went to the most popular section at Badaling.
From the main entrance square, you can either go to the right, which is less steep but more crowded:
Or to the left up the steeper but less crowded direction:
Which did we choose? The road less traveled, of course.
And they weren’t kidding about it being steep. Parts of the wall have stairs, parts are just smooth walkway, but there’s definitely a lot of steep up and down.
But it was beautiful, especially against the lush greenery.
And went on for miles and miles – as far as you could see. (You may want to click on the panorama below for a better look.)
By the way, it is apparently not true that you can see the Great Wall of China from space, at least not with the naked eye. But on the other hand, it was great trivia to learn that the mortar used to build the wall was made from Sticky Rice.
And just for fun, a quick video of my nephew climbing those steep steps.