Day 10, Friday, October 29, 2010
This post is so image-heavy and the 100-odd pictures associated with this partial day adventure on Flickr that I've divided this full day into two posts.
One of my colleagues hired a driver to take us to the Great Wall and it was great. He got us up to the Mutanyu portion of the Great Wall where we took a slightly nervewracking (for me) chair lift ride up, then a lot (A LOT) of stairs along the great wall. It was amazing up there. And then we tobogganed down. No kidding. It was so fun.
I cannot emphasize how magnificant the wall was - we were all in awe and our legs got severely punished with the steep stairs. There would be stair rises that were up to my knee. But the climb was well-worth it and I was glad to see that I wasn't the only one hurting. We did alright that day - but the next day, we ALL felt it.
Here's just a FEW of the pictures from the trip - be sure to check them all out at flickr in my China Adventure Set.
These steps are almost annoying as the ones that came up to my knees:
More than one crazy person climbed the wall in HEELS:
None of which were in our group.
There were several animals at the Great Wall:
This is our driver "fighting" with a parking attendant. We're not sure if it was a real fight or not... but shoving was involved. And words.
BTW, our driver won.
The white paint on the trees serves as a 'guardrail' of sorts at night.
Lastly, further proof that painted lines on the roads are not paid attention to, including our driver who had us all gripping our seats more than once:
More about Day 10.2 tomorrow!