The Great Wall.

While I was in Beijing, my friend Erin, whose husband was also¬†conferencing, and I made a trip out to the Mutinayu section of the Great Wall. She had been to another section of the wall that was a little closer to Beijing earlier that week, but it was insanely crowded so she wanted to go again… I was, of course, delighted to join here. It was about an hour and a half drive from our hotel. Once you get there, you can take a gondola up from the parking lot.

The wall is so much prettier than what I had expected.

Not only is seeing its length trailing through the autumn leaves beautiful, but I was especially surprised to see that there were some¬†decorative¬†elements as well, like these gargoyles.About 100 men lived between each of these watchtowers… which means 100 of them lived in these small structures… I imagine huddling together for warmth in the bitter cold of winter.

We couldn’t have gotten a nicer day for it!
Parts of the undulating wall reminded me of the Yellow Brick Road!

I loved peaking at the mountains through the gate tower windows. Such pretty fall leaves! And, yes, there are real mountains just outside of Beijing.

I tried to imagine Mongol soldiers on horseback attacking with bows and arrows… but I think I was really just envisioning Robin Hood! This would be such a cool spot to take an eight-year-old boy.

The final section of the wall was quite steep, but had a great view!
It’s a pretty incredible testament to man’s ability to work together to accomplish the impossible! It’s hard to imagine one in every five Americans working full-time for generations on a civil project.

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