Sunday, May 5, 2013, 11:31pm, 中国 time!
So CET took us on a trip to the Great Wall for the second time, and I thought, hmm, that’s cool. Another chance to go hiking! Except this time, we were going on a different site of the Wall, last time we went on Mutianyu , this time we went on JInShanLing. This part is a little farther from us and has a lot of historical significance in terms of the Mongol invasion in China. I’m not much if a history buff, so I thought it would be just the normal Wall… boy, was I wrong.
We started off early in the morning, and our Resident Director Andria Payne brought her doggy! Sooo cute!
The bus ride was over 2 hours because of the traffic, but we got there eventually..
And once we started, they kept emphasizing that in order to get on the Great Wall, you need to climb a mountain. It was like last time, except the terrain was different. More green, and loopy, and the warm weather didn’t help!
But we were approaching the wall, you can start to see the towers that line the Wall behind Lulu, MeiYi’s roommate. She’s so cute!
And we just about reached the Wall, with everyone huffing and puffing, haha.
And this is what we saw…
I noticed right away that this part has much more character than the site at Mutianyu. I felt like I was in the ancient ruins of China.
There was much more up and down, and much steeper and much more dangerous. But, hey, we’re all young, we can do it!
Then there were parts like, really?!
But we were fine— yes, we are strong. :D
It was so beautiful and relaxing up there. And it really felt like an adventure.
..especially when there was nothing separating us from the broken road and our doom.
But then we kept walking and all of a sudden, we hit nicely fixed wall.
Then it goes back to being all hazardous, again.
At this point, I went up ahead alone and the roads started to turn to this.
This part of the Wall is called the Wild Wall.
It tried to catch the wind in a photo, but I guess it didn’t transfer too well, here. But it felt like I could’ve fallen off the wall from the gusts of wind that came at me.
Then I hit this tower that didn’t seem to have a way to go around….hmm, what’s the best way to get around a problem?
My friend Jay, who caught up to me is demonstrating… take it head-on!
Once we climbed the wall, literally, we saw this..
And then it got pretty abstract from here.
And then we finally hit the government-placed wall that wouldn’t let us go any further. Aww, shucks!
So we headed back, and enjoyed the view:
On the way back, I bumped into some friends who wanted to check out that space, so I stopped and journaled a little. What more inspiring place than the Great Wall of China?
And Ali brought this great HC banner, so of course, we took photos!
And so after the climb, we had a yoga class on the Wall. I look a little nervous because we had just started the class when we took this picture, 对不起，老师！
It got pretty ugly during yoga, I learned I need to do more stretching, haha.
But I felt so relaxed afterwards and it was a great day. Very tiring, but so worth it. now we all can say that we’ve been to the Great Wall of China, twice!