FINALLY visited the Great Wall!
Went to the Mutianyu section, about 60km outside of Beijing. Our guide, Jack, was great (had tiny hands!) and came out with such gems as “Different dog, different destiny” during our trip. Caught the gondola up, spent awhile wandering the wall, then sped down to the car park on a toboggan (like the Luge in Rotorua, for all you NZers).
Pick up was early, 7am, but it paid off big time because the place was basically empty when we arrived and was only starting to get busier as we boosted out of the car park on our way home. Our driver yelled “See ya later, suckers!” as we peeled off.
Okay, that last part about the driver never happened, but we had that kind of smug air about us - self congratulatory - for missing the tourist hoards. The Mutianyu section is generally a lot less crowded than the more popular and more touristy Badaling section, and it was cool being able to photograph the wall without having too many random people around!
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