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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

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16 Comments

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    suellyn scoon
    July 3, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    So well written I felt your experience with you.xoxox

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    Kay
    July 3, 2017 at 11:52 AM

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

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    Fiona
    July 4, 2017 at 1:59 AM

    So amazing, what an experience :)

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    Marina
    July 7, 2017 at 5:26 AM

    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
      July 9, 2017 at 1:36 AM

      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. :)

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    Jae x SCATTERBRAIN
    July 18, 2017 at 8:59 AM

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

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    Novreica
    August 2, 2017 at 10:09 PM

    Guess I’m also a true man since I was there almost 8 years ago. xD
    The rain and slight fog made The Great Wall even more mystical. I like it this way than the sunny version! <3

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    Sarah Shumate
    August 16, 2017 at 2:55 AM

    So exciting! I love the misty, moody tones in all of your photos. We are hoping to get to visit the Great Wall next fall, and I’m equal parts nervous and excited. I always get that way about finally seeing things in person that I’ve built up to extraordinary proportions in my imagination.

    Oh, and congrats on your new true man status! ;)

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      amandaaude@gmail.com
      August 16, 2017 at 7:13 AM

      Awesome! Do you know which section of the wall you’ll visit? And thanks! Feels good. ;)

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    David
    August 23, 2017 at 12:47 AM

    Have always been fascinated by the Great Wall of China. Thanks for sharing the experience, truly its an inspiration and I have to make plans to go there.

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