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Jun 6, 2012 - Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs

The sacred way to the Ming tombs is a mile long walkway lined with stone statues. We took a leisurely 45 minute walk. More walking was just what I needed after climbing the Great Wall. The tombs are actually many miles away scattered in the hills of the area. The nearest tomb was another 3 miles so we didn't actually get to an official tomb.

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Jun 6, 2012 - Walking the Great Wall

They built this thing strait up mountain ridges. Just for fun when they used steps they made them all different heights. They are telling us the stairs are that way so that enemy soldiers couldn't easily charge along the wall if they got on it. Personally I think it's a plot to disable tourists. What a climb. There was heavy smog/fog and the pictures leave a lot to be desired.

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Mar 28, 2011 - Badaling - Humpty Dumpty Day

We can't believe the nice weather we are having, it is fine, sunny, windless and warm yet again. The smog is getting worse, but you only notice it if you try to look at the building across the road (kidding). We had breakfast with Lloyd and Tina before they left for Shanghai. We have been invited to stay with them when we go to London. After breakfast we head to Badaling. The traffic in town is shocking, it is bumper to bumper for kilometres, and it takes ages to get any distance behind us. It is unbelievable how close to others vehicles...

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May 6, 2010 - Walking on The Great Wall in Badaling

As I write this, I am eating a large bowl of noodles a few feet from The Great Wall of China. Yesterday afternoon, I hiked the western section of The Wall here in Badaling.  As is getting to be common here, a young woman soon approached me and asked if she could practice her English with me.  We talked as we walked.  We eventually wound up hiking together to the end of this section of the wall and back.  She said she was a student going to college nearby and is 19.  She was traveling with 3 of her friends (see photo). After my hike, I...

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May 5, 2010 - Finding The Great Wall

As the bus pulls around the mountain bend, I see it!  My heart races.  There it is, just the way it has always looked in travel books.  Even though I've traveled thousands of miles, by plane, train, and bus, to get here, I still can't believe it.  I'm really here! My mind flashes back to the first time I ever saw the Eiffel tower.  It was the same feeling.  It's real!  I'm really here!    There are a few places in this world that that we've seen in books all our lives, scenes that are forever etched in our memories, even though we've never...

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Oct 16, 2008 - Great Wall

Today we went to the great wall which is two hours from Beijing. The distance is not far but the traffic sucks. None of us pay attention to it anymore. We have accepted our destiny. The wall was truly awsome and if John had been there we could have done a three day traverse. There were two ways to go. One way had steps placed on the stones during refurbishment. The other way was steeper and mostly original. Hey, original works. Rena and I trudged up the steep sloped stones. The wall is wide enough for four horses abreast. It was truly...

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Apr 4, 2008 - The Great 'Secret' Wall of China

Leo Hostel ran a tour to the 'Secret Wall', away from the other very touristy sections of the wall. They guaranteed that we would be the only ones there and true to their word we were. We were driven past the popular section of the wall in Badaling, which was absolutely packed with people in funny hats. About 20 minutes later we ended up getting dropped off in the middle of nowhere, where we hiked for about an hour up to the wall. It was probably the highlight of the trip. both just the wall itself and the fact that we were on our own. I...

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Jan 23, 2008 - The Great Wall, China

Our trip to Beijing wouldn't have been complete without a day trip to the Great Wall. We decided to check out the Great Wall at Badaling, which is one of the easiest parts of the wall to get to. Once there, we hiked to the top of the wall, and were able to see the wall continuing on into the distance. It really is amazing how they were able to build that big of a structure on mountain ridges. It was used to keep Mongolian invaders out, and was used for about 2500 years. Since it was soo cold outside, we pretty much had the whole wall to...

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Jan 8, 2008 - The Great Wall at Badaling, and the Ming Tombs

We visited the Great Wall at Badaling, the closest section to Beijing. Normally packed wall-to-wall (slight pun intended), it was empty during the winter. A little cold and windy, but not too bad. Dick and Diane's driver, Zhang, drove us up, only about an hour out of town. Out at the wall, we could choose to go left (South), or right (North). The right way was much busier, because there was a gondola back to the parking lot at a point about an hour in to the walk. We scoffed at those lazy, pudgy tourists who would need a gondola ride back...

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Jul 13, 2007 - The Great Wall...is a toilet!!!

This morning I get to go to the Great Wall. Looking forward to it now I must say. Our first stop however was to one of the Tombs. Couldn't tell you which one it was and can't really say that I care. It's not what I came to see and checking out someone's grave sight is not really my thing. Not here anyway. The group on tour was a African American, an Iranian couple and Steve and Betty, another American couple. Pretty good group but man I felt for Jennita the AA. She goes through what I go through but she seems to take the attention from me...

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May 15, 2006 - Tour to the Great Wall

Today we went to the Ming Tombs. The last Ming Emporer died in 1644. There are 13 tombs in which an Emporer is buried but only one is excavated and open to the public. We went to the 'Ding Ling' tomb which took 30,000 workers six years to build. The Emporer was buried here with his two wives and various concubines. When he died, his wives and concubines took poison so they could be buried with him. The vault was filled with furniture, food and everything for his afterlife. If there weren't enough posessions in his tomb, the Chinese believed...

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China - May 2006

Mar 10, 2006 - Forbidden Palace

Were going to the Forbidden Palace today or Gugong as the Chinese would say. The Palace lies within the massive complex of the Forbidden City who's entrance faces the North side of Tiannamen Square. The construction of the Forbidden City started in 1406 and took 14 years and an estimated 200,000 men. It was the former imperial palace which was home to 24 Emperors between 1420 and 1911. These Emperors were regarded as personifying the "Son of Heaven" or the supreme ruler under heaven. Thus the palace was off limits to commoners who were not...

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