The Great Wall of China

I have been organizing all my iPhoto pictures and realized there are still a bunch of pictures from our China trip that I still have to share with you (and wedding pictures/posts too! Eeek!) So I think I will give a little throwback Thursday love to sharing with you some of these amazing experiences that have gone under my posting radar! Oops!

To start it off I really wanted to share with you the highlight of our trip to China – the day we went to The Great Wall of China. This happened towards the tail end of our trip and I was literally counting down the days until we got to go there.

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It ended up being a beautiful morning to visit the wall – a little chilly  but not too bad. Apparently they close the wall to tourists if its too windy, rainy or snowing because its so steep – it can become not safe very quickly.

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We ended up taking the cable car about halfway up the mountain, once you are on the wall you walk the rest of the way up. The cable car gave really great views of the surrounding area.

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There are lots of different entry points to get on the Great Wall – our tour took us to the Badaling area which is in the North not to far from Beijing.

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And then, we were on The Great Wall of China.

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No picture will ever really be able to give the experience of being on the wall justice. The scale of how massive the wall actually is, is incredible. And just being able to see for miles & miles the continuation of the wall itself blows my mind.

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Literally, it just keep going & going & going…

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Once you are on the wall, no matter what direction you turn to look, you see more of the wall. The wall zigs & zags in every direction

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We were so lucky with the weather on the wall that day – as you can see the visibility is fantastic. 
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But the crowds were a little crazy. 
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You can’t walk along the entire wall, it is blocked off at certain points – I believe to keep visitors from getting lost – but everyone wants to get to the end points!

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Also, check out how steep the wall actually is! It’s insane when you think about how this is built on the top of a cliff with steep falls down both sides.

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I am still amazed by the scope of the wall. 

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Fun Fact: The Great Wall of China is more that 13,000 miles long!

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It was also great timing for our visit because as you can see in the pictures, the tops of the trees were just starting to turn colors. The fall foliage was so beautiful.

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Side Note: How crazy would it be to do the Great Wall of China MARATHON? I can’t imagine running up & down the wall, it’s so steep & the steps are kinda crazy! Insane but kind of awesome at the same time!

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I feel so lucky & blessed to say that I have been on the Great Wall of China. It was such an amazing experience, not one I will ever forget.

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What’s your favorite Wonder of the World that you have been to or would love to visit?

Any wonder will do- can be man made, ancient, modern! What’s on your travel bucket list?!

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3 Comments

  • Reply Patty O January 17, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Truly amazing to have been there and what a beautiful day you had! I’d love to walk a portion of the Wall someday. Love to see Victoria Falls someday and the pyramids too!

  • Reply Cristina January 19, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    This is next on my list. It looks amazing. My favorite wonders are the pyramids and machu picchu. Both are beyond beautiful!!

  • Reply Lisa January 21, 2013 at 11:15 am

    This is incredible! I would love to go there one day. So many places to go and so little time (it seems!).

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