Great Wall, Beijing
See the Great Wall (the 10.000 lees dragoon). The closest part from Beijing is located in Badaling at 80 Km North-West. It has been restored to greet the tourists and there is a paying entrance (30 Yuans). It looks like to the Wall existing during the Ming dynasty (14° Century). Open : 8AM to 8PM.
Fondest memory: One says it is the only human work which can be seen from the Moon. Others say it is wrong. The total length of the Wall is 6700 Km. It is like our 'Ligne Maginot', it never stops an invasion.
See the Great Wall. The Wall was built as a deterrent to foreign invaders, but was not very successful as they just bribed their way in! There is a Chinese saying, You are not a man (woman or hero) until you have climbed the Great Wall. We went to the Badaling section, it felt like at least half the population in China was on the Wall that day. The steps are various sizes, there is no shade, and the pushing crowd makes it a bit dangerous. As you will see when you get there – the Great Wall cannot be seen from the moon, the streets of Beijing are a number of times wider than the Wall! It can be seen from outer space with binoculars, you can do your own investigation if you don?ft want to believe me. Knowing I was on the Wall was an awesome feeling and after getting down safely and amazing high.
Fondest memory: I bought a I glimbed the Great Wall T-shirt (not a misprint - check that spelling closely!). Even now back in Japan, I can vividly conjure up the Wall snaking around the mountain like a Dragon.
Visit the Great Wall of China!
Undoubtedly a highlight for everyone I know who's been to China there are a variety of sites that you can visit from Bei Jing that take you on a journey up the Great Wall.
Scout around the site for the different places, there are three main sites. One includes a chair lift for those who feel that the many flights of stairs might be a bit much!
My only hint is not to run halfway up the wall unless you're quite fit! You'll regret it :)
Fondest memory: One of my fondest memories of China would have to be the markets. The energy and persistence of the sales people is something that has to be seen.
There you can sample the local food and see the local culture as well as getting a few bargains in the local goods.
See the Great Wall at sunrise. There is nothing more stunningly beautiful. The beauty is so awesome that there are no words. When I had the opportunity to go up to Mutianyu at dawn, it was with a handful of friends, Charles, Danielle, Wang Lei and Gavin. The five of us felt like the whole wall was ours alone for a brief period of a couple of hours. A once in a lifetime experience...
Fondest memory: TIMES SHARED WITH FRIENDS!
Chao Yang Park with Lana and Jennivine...Lana's favorite toy and the chasing each other around with the blow up hammers and bats...
The Canadian Charity Ball...champagne and strawberries...Baileys...dancing until dawn...the funky fans that Lana and Caroline got for everyone...ice cubes...roses...
Dinner parties at Lisa's...chatting with all of the French guys...watching dvds...playing with her cats...having fine wines and fantastic french cheeses...
Walking on the frozen lake at the Summer Palace with Yuwei...
Japanese set meals with Estella...buying 5 kuai bags of oranges with Estella...being sick in bed with Estella...listening to music with Estella...being dragged to go to the gym with Estella...her advice and her love...
Being taken care of by San and Ga...Always indebted...
Dancing with Larry...like being able to float on air...
Salsa with Stephane...and how he was always very to the point...
Thai dinners with friends...
Working out at the gym near the school...
Hip hop and reggae nights at solutions...
Thursday night volleyball at the embassy...
And on and on...
HISTORY OF THE WALL
Construction of the Great Wall began between the 7th and 8th centuries B.C. when the warring states put up mammoth defensive walls to ward off enemies from the north. The wall was completed over a period of more than 1000 years, perhaps due to conflicting dynastic zoning regulations and building codes, not to mention workers dying on the job.
Sitting on a camel with the magnificent background of the Chinese Wall is a photo that you cannot make anywhere else. You feel a bit like Marco Polo reaching China at the end of his long travel ;-)))
The Great Wall --- is the only man-made structure visible from the space. Its construction started at almost 2,500 years ago. The section of Great Wall nearest to Beijing is situated at Badaling, and it is the best preserved one too.
Fondest memory: Well, it may be the PEOPLE!!! Oh, lord! they might be the most passionate ppl in China. If u get lost, just feel free to ask anybody around u, they would explain every detial thing to tell u how to get ur destination as possible as they can! Sometimes after u get the pic, they would still follow u and point the direction 4 u, u know it's just their nature! =)
Favorite thing: I'm sure many people pick this - but it is truly an spectacular sight to see. The Great Wall visit was a highlight of my tour. We went to Badaling, which was a more 'touristy' area of the wall, but very well preserved with a cable car ride up (you can walk if you like). I only wish we'd had more time there - I think if I was to do it again, I'd hire a private tour to see another part which is less crowded though.
Great Wall of China . The Great Wall, (Wanli Changcheng) literally means the Ten Thousand Mile Wall, is a great fortification in ancient China. The section at Badaling is the most famous of all due to its proximity to Beijing City and condition of restoration. The imposing Badaling Great Wall climbs up and down, twists and turns along the high mountain ridges. It fully shows the lofty quality of ancient Chinese labor people.
Badaling Great Wall, with more than 1000 meters above sea level, occupies a commanding and strategic position. It is a defensive outpost of the Great Wall. It is called 'Bada' as it stretches in all directions.
Badaling Great wall was built in the 18th year of the Ming Hong Zhi reign (1505). The wall, built with high stone slabs on the outside, is 7.8 meters high on the average, some even reaches 8.4meters. The base of the wall was built with more than 2000 large rectangular slab of granite stones. It is about 6.5 meters wide on the average at its base and 5.7 meters wide on the average on the ramparts. The wall is wide enough for five horses to gallop abreast and ten people to advance shoulder to shoulder. The outside of the wall is called rampart wall. The rampart wall was built with bricks 1.7 meters high. Built for the purpose of defense, there are holes on the tip of the wall called watch-hole, and peepholes under the wall called embrasures. Inside of the wall, there are low walls with one meter high called parapets, which can be used as railings. There is a scroll door not far from the inside wall, with is a stone ladder for climbing up and down.
The wall is narrow on the top and broad on the bottom forming an adder-shape structure. This made the wall stands firmly on the rise and fall ridges. The wall was built with 10-14 rectangular slab of stones surrounding its outside, filled with soilsand stones in the middle, and paved with square bricks on the top between the bricks were stuck with lime stones. This makes the wall tidy, beautiful, and firm. There are gutters with gargoyles to drain rain-water off the parapet wall.
The landscape of Badaling Great Wall changes every season, with numerous scenery to catch your attention. A sunlit and enchanting scene of spring, with the valley covered with greens. When the rain from mountain comes, the vista will look vast and hazy. The sky in autumn is high with unsoiled stratosphere, while the maple forest is dyed in golden colour. White snow covers the whole scene in winter.
Favorite thing: You must visit the Great Wall of China. In the mountains north of Beijing, at the Badaling section, you can climb and walk the amazing Great Wall. This 4000 mile wonder which meanders East to West across China.
It's more than 2,000 years old, but the Great Wall of China remains one of the great wonders of the world, an engineering feat rarely matched in the 22 centuries since its construction began. Stretching 4,500 miles, from the mountains of Korea to the Gobi Desert, it was first built to protect an ancient Chinese empire from marauding tribes from the north. But it evolved into something far greater — a boon to trade and prosperity and ultimately a symbol of Chinese ingenuity and will.
The truth is, though, that the Great Wall is actually a series of walls built and rebuilt by different dynasties over 1,000 years. And while they often served the same purpose, these walls reflected the worlds — both natural and cultural — in which they were erected. For all its seeming timelessness, the Great Wall is an emblem of China's evolution.
Favorite thing: Only when you get onto the Great Wall will you realize the ture spirits of Chinese peole.The Great Wall is over 6000kms long,it goes across the north of China.The eastern end is 'Shanhaiguan' in Hebei province and the western end reaches as far as 'jiayuguan' in the desert in Gansu province.The wall was first built by Qingshuhuang,that is the first emperor of China in 200BC.The wall was built as military defence against the Huns in the north.However,a solid wall can't defend the land forever.
Favorite thing: climb the Great Wall of China and then BUY a certificate to prove to your friends back home that you actually did conquer this awesome monument. Most likely they will think you're the world's greatest braggard. So you must stuff this into their face to show that you aren't!!!!!!! By the way, it's not difficult to get this certificate. Just pay 10 yuan (???£) to the vendors.
Favorite thing: do have a great time at the Great Wall of China. If you want to look like a coooool female warrior in the army of Genghis Khan, pay a small sum to ride on a camel --- and then let your thoughts run wild and imagine that you were part of the all-important army of soldiers about to invade China!!!!!!!!!!! Others have horses to brag about. Ah, but you are unique -- you have a long suffering camel to take care of!!!!!!!!
Favorite thing: do leave your mark here at the Great Wall of China. Yuuup, use a carving knife and start carving on one portion of the wall -- 'I was here!' Heavens no!!!!!! Of course you don't do a silly thing like that. Don't blame me if the communist party throw you into their dirty prison!!!!!!!!!
scale the GREAT WALL OF CHINA! Most foreigners (like us) see the Wall at Badaling, which is 70km northwest of Beijing, and stands at an elevation of 1000 meters. The Wall also has a cable car service which costs approx. 55 Yuan (for foreigners).
Fondest memory: On the day we were here, it was extremely windy and the temperature had dipped suddenly to -10 degrees Celcius.. . But rain, snow or thunderstorm, I wasn't going to let this deter me and leave Beijing without seeing one of the world's greatest ancient wonder! We were adequately attired and psyched ourselves up for this momentous event... i.e. climbing the slippery, almost 70-degree-angled steps of the Wall. Hey, I figured it is better to look like a stuffed turkey than to be frozen to death, ya know...??.
P.S. Please be careful when you're scaling some parts of the Wall.... because there aren't any steps at all! It can be very treacherous... and definitely not for the faint-hearted or those suffering from Vertigo.
Before I move on to the next landmark monument, would you like to try and guess how wide is the smallest width of the Great Wall?
What's your prize for guessing correctly? Why, a special pat on the shoulder!
The answer is 40cm, which means only one person can stand on top of it at any given time! This section of the Wall is located at the Shi-ma-tai portion of the mighty Great Wall, 120 km away from the city of Beijing.
I dare you to take on the challenge of standing on a 40 cm wide platform on top of a ridge! More pics of us scaling the Great Wall coming up.... (after I manage to scan my pics).