八達嶺 – The Great Wall at Badaling


An early rise, and then a couple of bus journeys north took us to the Great Wall at Badaling.  Without Chen Fei to guide us, we would never have found our way there and back by local transport!  However, this definitely added to the adventure.  On arrival, we chose to head south-westwards up the Wall, rather than north-east where most of the other visitors seemed to be heading.  Even in March, though, the Wall was crowded, as the pictures below illustrate.  It is an amazing construction, and it is hard to imagine the scale of the effort that went into its creation! Building the Wall across such inhospitable environments was an extraordinary feat!

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