Anthony's Interesting Times 2004 travel blog

Over the hills and far away goes the Great Wall from Mutianyu

My route towards Simatai, and its very hot (again!)

...and gets even steeper!

Bronze dragon - classic Ming and Qing dynasty statue

Just to prove I'm here - Jade Belt Bridge, Summer Palace, Beijing...

The Tower of Budhist Virtue from the Pavillion of Great Blessings, Summer...

Roof of the Revolving Archive, Summer Palace, Beijing

Tower of Buddhist Virtue, Summer Palace, Beijing

Pavillion of Harmonious Pleasure, Summer Palace, Beijing

Modern Beijing from the Qing Tower of Buddhist Virtue

Waking up on the 7th, the weather was fine again, so a good day for the Wall I thought,as I had heard (rightly, as I realised) that it could be really treachorous when wet. It was excellent! Four hours on a bus to get there, three hours to get back, and about three hours to walk a rather hard 10 kms to Simatai, very steep in places, and very rough too, as wall in some state of decay in places. And also extremely hot (again!)

But it was great scenery, and an incredible sight to see the Wall disappearing into the far distance, going up and down the steepest mountains like a Welsh mountain sheep wall -parts were like Crib Goch (one of the scary ways up Snowdon).

Knackered after that, so today spent the whole day in the Old Summer Palace Park, which was big, and very crowded with Chinese tourists, but very pretty and chilled when you got away from them, and full of great buildings with fab names, and beautiful views. Another very hot day too!

Tomorow a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery and then off by train to Chengde, train ticket and hotel booked, Mandarin working well today. What you have to remember is that a lot of Chinese humour involves plays on very similar words, so I am cheap for a stand-up.

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