|Looking down on the JuYong Pass|
The section of the Great Wall at JuYong Pass is a somewhat circular portion of the wall that is about a 5 hour walk to complete. It travels up and down the ridges of of one of the steepest passes along the wall, leading to some breath-taking views.
|Your author on the Great Wall|
|Steep steps along the wall|
|Looking back from a spot less than half way up the first climb.|
|Beacon Tower - now covered with cell phone antennas|
When I travel I try not to be a tourist. I work hard to understand the history of the places I visit. I wander through neighborhoods away from the main drag, and look for restaurants and stores where locals eat and shop. But that doesn't mean that there are times where I have to bite the bullet. This trip has been one of those times. That being said, I was never disappointed in Beijing. All of the "tourist" places lived up to their reputations and many exceeded them.
So yeah, some smart alleck is going to ask you if the Great Wall was worth it, it IS just a wall after all. But having traveled half way around the world, and not going to climb it seems ridiculous, and truth be told, it really is a wonder to behold.