|This was by far my best day in China so far! We left about 7AM with Mr. Peng, Bridget's driver. We arrived at the Great Wall at 8:30 and headed for the gondola which whisked us up to the 14th watchtower. The weather was perfect and the crowds hadn't arrived yet. The stairs were very uneven. Some parts are steep and others very shallow. The wall is incredible! I am going to sign off as we are off to a hutong for dinner. Dale
Another great day in China. We all enjoyed the wall, especially because Bridget planned it well. Most of our walk was down rather than up. We had a nice lunch near the wall, then returned to Beijing. We went to a Thai place for dinner that had a wonderful "gypsy" jazz band. Two french, two chinese. A clarinet, two guitars and a bass. Peggy
Great day at the great wall. Those of you who know me will be well aware that the combination of rocks, history and getting out in the middle of nowhere are quite the heady combination. However, I find myself asking; "What were they thinking?!" I mean, I thought that the whole point was to move military forces quickly and efficiently from one place to another. Some parts of the wall were so steep we were practically crawling on our hands and knees. How efficient is that? All I can say is that they must have been in much better shape than I am.
This evening, we went out for Thai food in Beijing, accompanied by jazz with a French gypsy flair, drinking cosmos. How cool is that? Looking forward to tomorrow's adventure; whatever that may be! Barbara