Great Wall, Pearl Tower(Shanghai)
Great Wall, Pearl Tower(Shanghai) Reviews
Mar 06, 2007
I have to say that I fell in love with China. I had such a great time and cannot wait to go back. Of course not everything went according to plan. For example, my friend and I missed the night train to Beijing. But fortunately, a friend from Shanghai helped us out and after dragging our luggage back and forwards between my friend's apartment and train station, we finally made it to Beijing where heavy rain welcomed us. Of course, the first thing on our list was visiting the Great Wall. We booked a tour offered by our hostel to the "Secret Wall". It turned out that the part of the Wall where we went to was very secretful because we and the other people of the tour were the only ones hiking along the wall. It was amazing because this part of the Wall was not restaurated at all and it was an exciting hiking-experience through Chinese history. But unfortunately, we could not see so much because it was a very foggy day. But to be honest it was still a great experience because the awful weather made it very special.
It seemes that bad weather followed us to every sight with a great view. It was also a very foggy day when we went up to the top of the Pearl Tower in Shanghai. First, I was very annoyed but it was still worth it because the ticket included a visit to the museum as well which was a great traet after all the trouble we through. What happened before was that my friend lost her ticket after buying it. At the gate at the elavators the staff did not want to let her inside. No one wanted to give her a new ticket or just let her pass. But we rang a Chinese friend and demanded talking to the manager. We do not exactly know what made them let my friend go in after all. Maybe they believed that we knew some important people and though they decided to "keep the face" in front of foreign people: everything has to seem perfect and accurate on the outside... Typical of China.
In the end I can admit that even bad weather was not able to spoil my trip. Quite the contrary, it was something that made my journey special and gives me reason to visit the places on a sunny day again...
Part of the China, March 2007 travel blog
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