The great wall should really be called the great staircase. The portion we climbed had over 1,500 steps, and these are not your mother’s steps. It’s the steepest section of the wall and every step is a different size and depth – some are almost a two foot climb. As you focus your attention on not tripping there are hundreds of people coming towards you from both directions, and your body is in a state of constant confusion because the air is so cold, but you are sweating profusely. It was a lot of fun.
Some quick facts:
- Stretches over 5,500 miles.
- Built over 2,000 years ago.
- Built to keep out the Mongolians.
- It’s a symbol of the unification of the 6 kingdoms of China
- You can’t actually see it from space 😦
Since the wall was meant for defense there are plenty of lookout posts with great views.
Legend has it that if a couple puts a lock on the wall they’ll stay together forever.
There was a lot of love on the wall. I wonder if it’s a happening date spot.
Mike and me posing on the wall:
I’ll leave you with this beautiful picture!
Before you plan your trip to the wall I suggest you warm up on the stair master and take some potassium vitamins. And don’t forget to stretch afterward. I work out almost every day but my muscles were no match for these stairs. I had leg cramps for three days.
- Sliding Down the Great Wall of China 😉 (absolutelyfaaabulous.com)
- Great Wall Of China (movieonclouds.wordpress.com)
- Beijing & The Great Wall of China – Beijing, China (travelpod.com)
- Photo: Badaling Section of the Great Wall (chinaheritagewatch.wordpress.com)