February 08, 2010

Hmmm...what shall we do today? Lots of steps, that's what.

Our second day on the ground was an eventful one. A trip about an hour's drive northwest of Beijing to Bādálǐng to visit the Great Wall.

It was a bit frosty and definitely snowy, but the sun managed to burn through. It was wondrous to see the scale of it and then to walk, or rather, scramble the thing. In some places, with the icy conditions, it was quite daunting.

One thing interesting that you have to see up close - Chinese over the years have left their personal mark on the Wall. Messages etched into the stone. Suppose you could call it graffiti, but I saw it more as generations leaving their near present mark as part of this monument's rich historical past.

Posted via email from John Hutchings

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