I did mention before in a post that The Great Wall of China falls under my list of Must-Have places to visit in China.
It’s an archaeological marvel, built with the blood, sweat, tears and even the bones of thousands of Chinese workers, hundreds of years ago.
Having visited part of the wall from Ba Da Ling, I must admit that it is indeed grand 壮观 (magnificient). My heart skips a beat, when I catch a glimpse of the wall from the bus. It stretches from miles and miles and it’s a sight to behold.
My only gripe is the number of tourists and tour groups which have infested the place. Because in all honesty, as these pictures would prove, a visit to the Great Wall is not without herds of digital camera touting tourists, yours truly included.
One time too many, I was told to get out of people’s photos.
“美女，请让开！” (Beautiful lady, please move aside!) – Which is an oxymoron really. Why in the world would you ask a beautiful lady to get lost?
All I can conclude is that for you to get out of the tourist trap and have the Great Wall yourself, be prepared to walk at least 2km before you can shake of these aunties, grandmothers and grandfathers trotting up with their tour groups.
There perhaps, a moment of peace and silence would envelop you.
And needless to say, it’s unwise to climb Huangshan, or any other mountain right before embarking on the journey up the Great Wall.
Watch this space for tips on travelling to the Great Wall.