The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

你好!I’ve made it to China! I just spent five days in Beijing and have been in Chengdu now for two days. I figured while I have some downtime tonight, I’d try to share some photos from the Great Wall.

The Great Wall of China

We visited the Juyongguan section of the wall which had foliage all around that made it especially beautiful to explore (in my opinion).

“Juyongguan Great Wall is one of the three most famous passes along the Great Wall of China, together with Jiayuguan and Shanhaiguan. 37 miles (60 km) from downtown Beijing, Juyong Pass was a solid stronghold encircling a valley, which was the northern direct access to Beijing in ancient times.” (source)

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

The stairs leading up the wall were NO joke! Some were spaced so far apart, I had to use the handrail to hoist myself up on to the next step.

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

This sign reads, “He who has never been to the Great Wall is not a true man.” I’m happy to say I’m finally a true man now!

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

I did not make any phone calls during the thunder, I did not litter at random, but I did appreciate the scenery while walking. How could you not?!

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

This is what the view looked like early on. We got rained on pretty hard for about 15 minutes, and then it started to clear up a bit. Honestly, I was just happy the sun wasn’t out. The sun was not my friend in Beijing. I’m a Seattle vampire now. Sun = bad!

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

Morgan and Erica are my China besties. We clicked right away. We’re all vegetarians from the midwest! We’re living together in an apartment here in Chengdu. I’m so happy China brought us together. <3 (Also, bless that woman in our photo who decided to bring her giant iPad to the Great Wall.)

The Great Wall of China

Although we didn’t have as much time as I would have liked at the Great Wall, I’m obviously still so grateful that I was able to see it. I teared up as we were getting closer and closer to it and felt shaky with excitement as we were climbing up and down the stairs. What an incredible place! China has been amazing thus far. Can’t wait for more adventures! xo

By amandaaude@gmail.com

"That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet." - Emily Dickinson

9 Comments

  1. Reply

    suellyn scoon

    So well written I felt your experience with you.xoxox

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      amandaaude@gmail.com

      <3 <3 You're always with me.

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    Kay

    OMG those photos are stunning!! Those stairs do seem like a feat but what a spectacular experience !

    1. Reply

      amandaaude@gmail.com

      Thank you! The stairs were insane, girl!

  3. Reply

    Fiona

    So amazing, what an experience :)

    1. Reply

      amandaaude@gmail.com

      I still can’t believe it’s real! <3

  4. Reply

    Marina

    Your photos are gorgeous! What kind of camera do you use?

    Speaking of being a vegetarian, the film Okja made me want to give it another go. I’ve only dabbled with vegetarianism here and there. I would highly recommend Okja if you haven’t seen it yet.

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      amandaaude@gmail.com

      I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard good things! I’ll have to watch it soon. And thank you! I have a Nikon D7100 and I shoot with a 35mm lens. :)

  5. Reply

    Jae x SCATTERBRAIN

    Wait, what? Did you move to China already? I thought you were only visiting after your graduation!

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