After only 3 hours of sleep we had to get up since we were going to visit the Great Wall. I spent most of the ride sleeping but when we left the city area I got to see beautiful hilly landscape. An hour before we arrived we could already see other parts of the wall – amazing! We stopped at a pretty touristy place and started climbing the iconic construction choosing the steep part to the left mostly because there were fewer people 😉
I still can’t find the words to describe it, the view was simply breathtaking. And it is a damn long wall that’s winding through the mountains. Just think about how all this was being built by men! Definitely my highlight. Unfortunately we only had 1.5 hours for the extreme wall-climbing, but it was so impressive and totally worth it!
We had lunch in a restaurant in a jade factory before we continued our tour to the tombs of the Qing emperors. Since the whole site is too big to see in a few hours, we only saw the entrance gate, a cool courtyard and a few exhibitions with things they found in the tombs.
In the evening we met my friend’s Chinese friend and her classmate, sorry, fellow student. They both looked so young! We walked through the Hutongs together (small, lively streets filled with life) and ended up at Houhai. By the time we wanted to go back to the hotel, taking the subway turned out to be an adventurous idea. It stopped 4 stops before ours. At the exit there were thousands of illegal taxi drivers waiting for us. However, since we learned from our mistake, we ignored them and walked home instead.