The /Great/ Wall of China

Sometimes I make the mistake of building things up in my mind. I get interested in something: read about it, fixate on it, and when I am finally facing the object of my obsession I find that I’m disappointed.

But rest assured: The Great Wall of China is not like that.

In fact, it should probably be renamed The Great Freaking Wall of China. Or at least be referred to as The Great Wall of China. Just for greater accuracy.

Katherine the Great Wall

We even went to the ‘bad’ part of the wall (Badaling). The part reputed for being overcrowded and more commercialized. Of course, these aspects of Badaling can be avoided by turning to the steeper left instead of the right and by bringing your own provisions to avoid price gouging.

Ben at Badaling

Even at the ‘bad section’, climbing the wall was akin to taking a hike through a scenic mountainous region by way of an ancient artifact. Two things we love: hiking and really old things.

Proof we are now great!

When we had finally had enough of strolling and picture taking, we succumbed to the novelty of drinking a beer on The GWC. Some fellow hikers asked us to take some pictures of them next to this large stone head with the Great Wall snaking in the background. They wanted to return the favor, so we obliged and were satisfied. Later, when showing the pictures to my coworkers, this photo got a lot of attention. When I asked what all the fuss was about, they informed me that the inscription on the rock is done in the calligraphy of Mao Zedong himself. It (roughly) translates to:  You cannot be a great person until you climb The Great Wall of China.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ankoku Hikaru
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 10:17:01

    By Mao Zedong, himself? Wow. Good Job on your journey to becoming Great. Nice article, I hope to go there myself one day.


  2. Sandbetweentoes
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 10:55:02

    the great wall of china is on my bucket list, i would really love to go. glad to see you had a good time!


  3. Doug and Barb
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 16:13:39

    I love these blogs. Excellent writing.


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