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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