My Second Trip to China: Part 2

by Stephanie on July 16, 2013 · 3 comments

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I have more pictures so that requires one more post on my trip to China.

Saturday was possibly the longest day I will ever have.  My coworkers and I were picked up at the hotel at 7am (Beijing time) to go to the Great Wall and afterward we went to the airport to fly out at 4 PM.  When I got home (after one 13 hour flight, a 4 hour layover, and another flight) it was 11:30 PM on Saturday (CST of course).  Crazy!

I had been to the Great Wall already but my coworkers hadn’t been and I was happy to go again.

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Look at how steep that is?  The wall really is a hike… steep inclines and declines, uneven staircases.  It’s amazing to think about how they long it is and how they built it.

There are one major difference between going to the Wall in late September like I did before and going in July.  Since Beijing is at about the same latitude as Chicago (the more you know!), the weather is very similar.  Meaning?  It was HOT and HUMID.  That made walking the Wall a sweaty event.  We were all sweating through our shirts.  So was everyone else we saw!

One thing I did this time that was new was climbing to the top of one of the guard towers.  I didn’t know that was an option last time and we only found out this time because we saw other people up there.  We had to climb a well hidden and worn down staircase to get there but it was pretty neat.

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The other difference was between last time and this time was the fog.  There was so much fog!  Look at the difference between my pictures from September (left) and July (right).

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I wish my coworkers could have seen it on a clear day because seeing it wind through the mountains is really cool.

I was able to find the guard tower where everyone signs their name.  I signed and dated the wall in September and I added a date this trip.  I wonder if I’ll ever make it back to add more dates?!

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Coming down from the Wall the market was open.  The sellers are pretty aggressive.  There’s a lot of “hey lady!” and “one dollar! one dollar for you!”  I did buy a set of nice chopsticks to go with the tea set I bought last time.  I rock at chopsticks.  I plan on having friends over and ordering Chinese food so we can use them :)

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At the very bottom near the parking lots, this is what we saw:

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At least it’s not a McDonalds I guess!

Hope you enjoyed this edition of Stephanie’s travel pictures!

Do you have any desire to travel to China?

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Erin July 16, 2013 at 9:15 PM

I’ll come eat Chinese with you and your new chopsticks! I rock at chopsticks too!

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Stephanie July 17, 2013 at 7:39 AM

That’s awesome!!

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Sarah Scott July 20, 2013 at 4:19 PM

The subway and BR made me laugh!!
Sounds like so much fun – I would love to go one day

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