Wanderlust Wednesday: Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China, August 2007

When we visited China in August 2007, we made a point to visit the Great Wall of China. We visited the wall at Badaling, the most convenient location to access from Beijing. (Of course its convenience made it a tourist trap, but, once you walk a little farther on the wall, you lose the bulk of the tourists and vendors.) We joined a tour group to facilitate getting to Badaling, but our group was composed entirely of domestic Chinese tourists and was led in Mandarin. We ended up pretty much on our own, which suited us perfectly. We were able to explore the wall at our own pace, only needing to remember to meet the group back at the bus when it was time to leave.

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