Thursday, November 18, 2010

Great Wall at Mutianyu

We decided to not go to the Badaling section of the Great Wall since Chris and Keri and already been there. Instead, we went to Mutianyu. It was about a 90 minute ride from the Fragrant Hill area, but pretty smooth going.

Once you get to the Wall, you're surrounded by the trinket sellers. We decided to take the cable car to the top and then walk around. There was still a Beijing haze over, but the sky did peek out a bit. We pretended it was just fog.

We took the cable car back down, but then decided to walk back up to go down the alpine slide (yes, hard to believe). We left Chris at the bottom and scaled the approximately 11,364 steps to Tower 6 and then walked along to Tower 8 only to find the slide closed. Luckily, we were able to take the ski lift back down.

Bought some tee-shirts, found our driver, and back into downtown Beijing (a mere 2.25 hours later - most of which was the last couple miles in downtown traffic).

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