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Published: November 1st 2013
Stairs we climbed to Great Wall
A few of the thousands of stairs we climbed to get there.
The "original" Great Wall was begun more that 2000 years ago, appearing in chunks interspersed with natural defenses. In various stages of disrepair, the current wall is most restored - and visited - in the areas around Beijing. The 3-km long wall at Mutianyu is famed for its Ming-era guard towers and excellent views, accessible but not overrun with crowds.
What can I say that's original about the Great Wall? It was magnificent, and we had a great time. The views were incredible, despite a bit of haze. It was easily accessible by public bus, at around $2.50 per person for the two-and-a-half hour journey, and we didn't even have to fight the crowds. In fact, it was our most peaceful day yet. After a half-day of walking up and up the stone steps my legs nearly gave way, but it was worth it. An experience of a lifetime.
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