Stairstepping Across the Great Wall

by Andrea on October 27, 2011

Oh baby, #32 is now complete!  As of last Wednesday, I officially walked on (or stairstepped on) the Great Wall of China.  It was pretty exhilarating and quite the unexpected workout.

I visited  the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall which was about a two hour bus trip from Beijing.  Upon arrival, I walked as far as I could go in one direction for about an hour and then turned around and came back.  This section of the wall is pretty much made up of steep sections of stairs along the wall.  Every 50-100 yards or so, you will come across a little guard tower.  If you don’t like crowds, I encourage you to keep hiking up. After about 15-20 minutes up, the crowds really start to thin out.  Most people stay closer to the parking lot.  Having said that, I also saw men in suits and women in four inch heels hike a ways in.

I wanted to share some fun highlights from the wall. First, and my favorite, are the hundreds of love locks along the wall.  Couples bring a lock, often in the shape of a heart, with their initials inscribed on it.  They then attach it to the chain and throw away the key, locking their love together for eternity.

Then we have this sign that got a little lost in translation.

At the 1 hour turn around spot, I spotted these shiny containers.  RECYCLING!  The Great Wall recycles! Unfortunately, many of the Great Wall visitors don’t and chuck plastic bottles over the wall.

At the base of the pass, you come across this tablet.  It’s a Mao Zedong quote that states, ‘He who does not reach the Great Wall is not a true man!’  And to that I say, what about all of us ladies?!?!

I’ll finish with a few more photos.  This truly was a remarkable experience.


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