July 20, 2010

Climbing the Great Wall

It is my second visit to Beijing, and although I had been to the Great Wall before, I wanted to go there again. It’s an awesome structure and the view out there is just beautiful.

The Great Wall view © Evelyn Howard 2010

Did I mention that the view is beautiful? Mountains after mountains as far as one can see, the fresh air, the big sky….

The Great Wall of China © Evelyn Howard 2010

There are several tourist spots to visit the Great Wall. Some are busier than others due to ease of access. We went  to Simatei. It was quiet and there weren’t many people about.

The Great Wall of China © Evelyn Howard 2010

It’s also great for exercise – we walked up and up for about 3 hours

Stalls at the Great Wall © Evelyn Howard 2010

There are food, drinks and souvenirs stalls along the way

Evelyn at the Great Wall © Evelyn Howard 2010

We stopped often to enjoy the view, and to take some photos. But we also stopped because we ran out of breath…

Insect of the Great Wall of China © Evelyn Howard 2010

Meet a resident of the Great Wall

Resident of the Great Wall of China © Evelyn Howard 2010

An another…

Yellow bug of the Great Wall of China © Evelyn Howard 2010

And another.

Cable Car at the Great Wall of China © Evelyn Howard 2010

On the way down, we took the easy way out. Some people opted for the flying fox.

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Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots. It is a awesome place.

Siromade said...

Oh wow they are breathtaking views, lucky of you to be there and experience the climbing on the great wall...All the photos we're awesome and just can't help of keep on watching.

soulbrush said...

now i am truly jealous, always wanted to see this. wow!

Julie said...

Golly, I think I should add this sort of trip to my list! Your photos are just wonderful and I do like the images of the bugs.

I think I might like the chair-lift on the way UP instead, but I guess that defeats the purpose.

reanaclaire said...

wow... 3 hours is quite a long stretch.. i salute.. me only 2nd part and felt so exhausted already..

Lesley said...

Your pictures are gorgeous. And what great exercise with such a reward all along the way.

Xavi said...

What beautiful photos of the Great Wall!!.
The girl in the picture are you?
But, how pretty you are!!, Evelyn.

VioletSky said...

Your SECOND visit?! How wonderful for you!
The scenery is worth the climb. And I would be glad of the fast ride back down (going downhill is much harder on the legs than going uphill!)

diane said...

What a great holiday. It looks like hard work going up but what views. Lucky you.

Sylvia K said...

It is indeed an awesome structure and your photos are breathtaking, Evelyn! I think I may have mentioned before, but my youngest daughter just returned recently from a trip to China and was awestruck by the Wall! Thanks for sharing the beauty! Have a great week!


michael said...

Wonderful views. Thanks. Adding in the bug photos is a nice touch.

Luna Miranda said...

awww, this is one of the places I'd like to visit before i get too old to travel.:p great photos!

lisaschaos said...

Wow! What an awesome place to get to explore! Love the residents you found too!

Colleen said...

Okay, now... I've enjoyed all of your pictures from your trip, but this is the first time that I have become truly jealous! I've always wanted to go to the Great Wall. Really!

I love that you added the small details too.

marcia@joyismygoal said...

such a wide array of macro to wide angle you are very talented

Lawstude said...

awesome trip, i always dream of going there but the nearest i have come to a great wall was a replica in a taoist temple in cebu :)

Kala said...

I visited the Great Wall 4 years ago. Truly a wonder to behold. Great shots!

Anonymous said...

Wow, sure looks like a fantastic trip!

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