Winter at The Great Wall of China
China is the most difficult country to enter and exit. It took a lot of drama to be in Beijing and leave Beijing. Not only are immigration regulations strict, but language barriers are also a big problem. Chinese public security is very tight, many surveillance cameras are installed as in every city block. Sometimes it’s frustrating to be in Beijing, but sweet Beijing people who make this drama forgotten.
I spent four days in Beijing under the Beijing 144-hour visa-free tourism program. The point of my journey began in the city of Beijing, where I took half a day to recover from a long-haul flight. I calmed down the next day by spending the whole day walking around the city for a delicious bite of traditional cuisine and shopping on the famous Wangfujing Street. The aroma of Chinese food calls everywhere I go, which is hard to resist even when I’m not hungry. Peking duck and noodles are a must try!
The second day, Mike, my tour guide picked me up. We departed around 6am to avoid Beijing traffic and the trip took around four hours. Mike told me to take a nap and he would take care of me once we got there, so I slept in the car on the way there as Mike ordered. When I woke up, there was a lot of snow in the amazing village of Yanqing.
I became excited and couldn’t wait to walk on the Great Wall of China. This ancient work is truly extraordinary! Even though I already know the answer, I still ask myself HOW do they do it …..?! Looks like how I imagined it. It’s big, beautiful, historic, green and cold in several areas. I can’t stop staring at the stones used to build it. Unfortunately, Mike only gives me two hours to spend there or take a taxi if I’m late. Well Mike … I definitely need more than that to explore the entire 3,500 meters.