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.
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.
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.