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Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Great Wall

This morning Chu Sum and I ate in a random hutong and took the MTR to a bus station. At the station we waited in line for about an hour (as you do in China), during which time I enjoyed the wonderful experience of being cut in line by a local - one of the aspects of Chinese culture, such as the spitting, of which I am not a fan. In fact, I'm not proud of this, but I may have intentionally given her one or two flat tires as we slowly moved toward the bus.

Next, after taking the bus to one of the last stops, we hired a minivan to take us to another bus (this is not the first time I've had to use several forms of transportation to get somewhere in China) and that bus took us to the Great Wall at Mutianyu! Once we arrived, we bought tickets for the chair lift up and the toboggan ride back down. Unfortunately, after walking up and down the the majority of the wall in this section, we found that we were too late for the toboggan ride... I was very, very disappointed.

We took the chair lift back down and waited in line for the bus that would take us to the car to the other bus which went back to Beijing. Overall, a really cool place to visit with lots of historical significance. Despite the setbacks, I definitely couldn't recommend it enough! I mean, it is a great wall after all ;)


  1. Lol, it is fun of you to write some bad behaviors of Chinese people, such as cut in line and spitting.
    by the way, Travis you should describe more about the extraordinary scenery of Mutianyu Great Wall. It is such a nice and nostalgia memory !!! :)

    1. You're right! I totally forgot to mention how much fun it all was! This is why I need comments like yours, to keep me from forgetting the big picture :D

  2. LOL, I always post comment in you blog!!!! A good follower XD