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The Stew’s Go To China: Climbing the Great Wall

August 10, 2014

Back in April, Matt and I went on a 10 day trip to China to celebrate our two year wedding anniversary. I’ve been a bit behind with posts, but I finally freed my photos from our desktop computer that Matt has commandeered for one of his projects! This means you guys can get excited about hearing about our Eastern adventure (yay!)

On day 4 of our journey, we finally got to experience the thing China is probably most famous for: The Great Wall!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Great Wall of China is so massive, it can actually be seen from space. It’s chinese name is Chang Cheng. There are several different passes that you can go to to climb the wall – we went to the Juyong Pass.

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At the Juyong Pass, there are several towers to climb to. It’s said that if you make it to the 13th tower, you are considered a hero. Wouldn’t you know it, Matt and I are now heroes!

Matt even bought me a medal and we got a personalized sign (so touristy, I knowww) boasting it as well.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There were two things that really blew me away about the Great Wall: first, the amount of tourist stores. There was even one halfway up the Great Wall – talk about a terrible commute!

My medal that Matt bought me from the shop HALFWAY UP THE GREAT WALL!

Secondly, the Chinese people are all about littering. There were trashcans strategically placed all along the wall, and then at the top of the 13th tower I saw a guy throw an empty coke bottle off the side into the ground. It really blew me away by how much litter was on and around the wall – so sad for something that is so historic and special.

Matt and I completed the hike to the 13th tower and back in less than 90 minutes. It was a really hot day and a really steep hike: my calves were killing me afterwards!

As I’ve mentioned before, Matt and I had a weird kind of celebrity status when we were in China. A lot of the Chinese countrymen have never seen white people before, so when they take their trips into the big cities, they got really excited and would take photos of us and with us. So of course, it wouldn’t have been a complete trip if I wasn’t asked to take photos at the top of the 13th tower when I’m sweaty and disgusting.

legions of fans

legions of fans

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The Great Wall was definitely one of the key highlights of our trip: we were so excited to see it and enjoyed every minute of it. I wish we had more time at the wall to explore other parts of it, but I think we saw everything good from where we were.

Below are some of my choice photos from the hike: enjoy!

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look at how steep these steps were!

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Our tour group members who made it to the top of the 13th tower!

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A ticket to climb

 

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