This was my favourite part of going to China. To me, the Great Wall is the icon of China. The place you think about when someone mentions the word “China”. It’s the Wall that stood the test of time, the wall built to keep the Huns out (or the Rabbits, depending on where you get your information). It stretches for over 8,000 kilometres–and all built by hand.
Why did they call it the “Great” Wall of China?
At first we couldn’t believe it. Here we were….really standing on the Great Wall of China. Huge, rugged mountains surrounded it. What’s that speck in the distance? Looks like…is the Wall really following that mountain crest? That’s so steep! The Wall doesn’t stop for anything.
Climbing it was everything we’d hoped. Of course, the old, grand, historical feeling while walking along it was often destroyed by the Chinese vendors shouting their wares of “Coke? Coke! Buy Coke!”
Even Xavier, our 6 month-old nephew, had his turn at walking along the wall. He loved it. In fact, he couldn’t understand why we hadn’t let him walk the whole way…
This was my favourite part of China.
We have joined the thousands of others and left our footprints in the dust at the Great Wall of China.
It’s as beautiful and majestic as we hoped. And more.