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The Great Wall

Our 8km hike!

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After our unsuccessful attempt to try to make it to the great wall on our own, we decided to book an organised tour with our hostel, and hoped we would actually make it there this time. We had to leave for the trip at 6.40am, but even so, we managed to get ready on time which for those people who know jay's time keeping, was quite an achievement! We all piled onto the mini bus and began the two and a half hour journey to the wall. Here we are on our way there, all nice and normal looking...(we didn't look like this for long!)

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When we got to the wall it was raining so we bought waterproof poncho's to keep us dry, although mine was more like a bin liner with arm holes! We were given the option to walk up the mountain to the wall or take the cable car, we took one look at the size of the mountain and all rushed to the cable car ticket office! Here are some pictures from the journey up. It was very high!

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The views from the top were amazing! We started our 8km hike, passing through towers and over sections of wall. We passed 26 towers in total, and the sections of wall between each one were each as exhausting as the previous one. At one point we were in the clouds where we were so high. Kim was struggling to stay alive the whole time, but somehow made it to the end.

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At the end we had to cross a rope bridge over a river before making our way back to the mini bus. It was a really good day out.

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Posted by aaronlapth 22:08 Archived in China Tagged backpacking

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