Over the holidays at the end of April, I visited Eamonn (a BIB student) in Beijing with two of my friends, one friend from France and Latisha, a fellow Sprottie. It was my first time visiting to Beijing and having heard so many great things about the beautiful city, I had high expectations. We were only there for four days, but visited many great sites such as the Forbidden City, Lama Temple, Heaven Temple, Fragrant Mountain, HouHai… and obviously The Great Wall of China.
The Great Wall of China was built over about a 2000 year time period and is, presently, about 21,200 km long. The wall expands through the desert, grasslands, mountains, and plateaus, but over the years, many of the sections have disappeared or are now in ruins.
There are many different sites within the Great Wall of China but we decided to explore the “Badaling”. Being closest site to downtown Beijing, it was the most convenient and the Bear Garden made it really unique. Before taking the cable carts, we walked through the Bear Garden. The Bear Garden is essentially a tourist attraction for tourists to feed and take pictures of the bears.
After passing through the Bear Garden and taking the cable cart up, we finally got to the main part of the wall. Let me tell you, it was great. I’m going to let the pictures do all the describing. The scenery really did blow me away. I had a lot of fun taking pictures and climbing up and down stairs and ramps! It was a certainly a great work out!
I hope you enjoy the pictures! Thanks for reading!