Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Hiking the Great Wall.

We headed 100 kilometers North of Beijing to hike along the great wall. We hiked from Jinshanling to Simatai which is a distance of 10 kilometers. I was very excited to see the Great Wall but did not realize just how great it would be. God I love puns. The weather was fantastic and the scenery was a lot like the Southwest. Some of the wall had been repaired while other parts remained in their natural state of decay. This project was an incredible feat. Being there really gave you a sense of the enormity of scale. Once we reached Simatai we had a chance to take a zip-line down to where the buses pick you up to go back to Beijing. The zip-line was a blast!

Getting ready to head up one of the steeper sections.

Donna almost at the top of that section.

Looking out from inside one of the watchtowers.

It went on and on for more than 3,000 miles--nearly impossible for me to imagine.

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