Great Wall

Oct. 9th, 2008 10:20 am
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Spent yesterday at the Great Wall, which was fabulous. Lovely sunny day, amazing views, lots of climbing up & down masonry in various stages of repair. (Including one drop - controlled - from a 6' window when I missed the fact that the path went *around* that tower. 6' isn't actually much if you go down backwards but the ground was a bit uneven which worried me more...). Probably did 8 or 9 miles in the end, due to overshooting Simatai (I walked from Jinshanling to SImitai) first time around.

The minibus part of things was replaced with a taxi so it all got a bit more expensive than anticipated, but totally worth it.

Today has been overcast, & I potterd to the post office & the bookshop, and then to the Temple of Heaven, which was very nice when you got away from the temple bits into the park bits. Until the heavens opened, that is. I avoided a drenching by standing next to a wall - Chinese architeture is very big on *eaves*, which is useful on these occasions.

And now I must away to dinner & then the train station, for Xi'an.

Am still liking China. I have a slew of vague observations on various bits & pieces, but no time to put them together coherently at present, so the straightforward travelogue is all that's making it onto here.

Great Wall

Oct. 9th, 2008 10:20 am
juliet: (Default)
Spent yesterday at the Great Wall, which was fabulous. Lovely sunny day, amazing views, lots of climbing up & down masonry in various stages of repair. (Including one drop - controlled - from a 6' window when I missed the fact that the path went *around* that tower. 6' isn't actually much if you go down backwards but the ground was a bit uneven which worried me more...). Probably did 8 or 9 miles in the end, due to overshooting Simatai (I walked from Jinshanling to SImitai) first time around.

The minibus part of things was replaced with a taxi so it all got a bit more expensive than anticipated, but totally worth it.

Today has been overcast, & I potterd to the post office & the bookshop, and then to the Temple of Heaven, which was very nice when you got away from the temple bits into the park bits. Until the heavens opened, that is. I avoided a drenching by standing next to a wall - Chinese architeture is very big on *eaves*, which is useful on these occasions.

And now I must away to dinner & then the train station, for Xi'an.

Am still liking China. I have a slew of vague observations on various bits & pieces, but no time to put them together coherently at present, so the straightforward travelogue is all that's making it onto here.

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