Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

A visit to the Great Wall at Mutianyu

Greg & I went to the “must see” site in China yesterday… The Great Wall. And ya know what? It really is a great wall. It snakes through the countryside amidst lush forests and mountain ridges. It is really beautiful. You can just imagine what it was like way back when, to be a Chinese soldier on the lookout for invaders… that is, until you see the multiple cable car routes running up and down the mountain slope, the tobaggan ride, and the drink vendors placed every 100 meters along the section of wall you set out to explore. But honestly, all that did not detract from our wall experience. The tobaggan ride was damn fun, and we climbed so many steps that I was glad that cold drinks were everywhere.

I can’t write entertaining things worth shite, so I’m gonna skip to the photos now!

The wall amidst the trees:
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We voted her “cutest wall visitor”:
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Now I can say I jumped off the Great Wall of China:
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The tobaggan ride was really really great (just like the wall) with banked turns and high bridges. There could never be something like this in the US because of law suits.
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We went to the wall with a “tour” but only because taking the public bus was going to take too long with bus changes and all. What we didn’t know going in (and niether did the rest of the tourists) was that the “tour” makes an hour and a half stop on the way back to Beijing at a Chinese medicine center where they serve us tea and try to sell us expensive massage and acupuncture packages. When the bus stopped and the tour guide told us all to get up and follow her into the clinic, everyone refused to budge. The guide was utterly shocked and confounded as if this had never happened before and there was a really awkward moment when people started yelling “Take us back to the hotel!” She finally gave up, although I know she was very disappointed in us. Now we know that tour guides in China may give you a guilt trip but will not coerce you into doing anything you don’t want to do. Yay!

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July 11, 2007 - Posted by | Beijing, China

3 Comments »

  1. ive always wanted to go to the great wall!
    and now i know theres a tobaggan ride?! helloooo china!

    Comment by Mandy | July 11, 2007 | Reply

  2. Sounds like capitalism is alive and well in China- you party poopers :=(

    Comment by Roger and Libby | July 11, 2007 | Reply

  3. Were the vendors apart of a union? Were they on breaks every 1hr 45min or so?

    Also what is the offically sponsored drink(s) of the Great Wall?

    The Tobaggan ride looks cool. I am jealous 🙂

    Comment by JoJo | July 12, 2007 | Reply


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