GREAT WALL CAMPING TRIP!
Tianjin Travel Blog› entry 7 of 45 › view all entries
September 23rd, 2007 – by: musicidot
Just got back from the 黄崖关 of the Great Wall, in TianJing. The BJ ward organized this overnight trip. We stayed at this "hotel", built in the traditional chinese way. I would almost say it looks like a 四合院, if that makes any sense at all. The hotel claims that it is built based on the 八卦 and I actually believed them, because I spent a good 15-mins to get back to my room when I realized I was just walking in circles.
The trip was fun. During the day, we walked ALL THE WAY up the top of the mountain, along the Great Wall. Magnificent view and sore legs, essentially. I think I'd be scared of the sight of stairs for another week or so; I've climbed soooo many stairs, and those stairs aren't small steps; they are so steep that some of them I had to use both my hands and legs. You've got to wonder how those little Chinese build this thing at least a century ago, at a cliff. Amazing. It took a much more painful time to walk, of course, down a cliff.
At night, I had a really filling barbecue dinner and enjoyed a mini talent show by different auxiliaries, including us, the young single adults. The show was fun and entertaining. I think everyone had a good time. Oyea, they also had fireworks at the end of the bonfire. We were sitting RIGHT UNDERNEATH those fireworks and occassionally the ashes fell on our heads. It was interesting, though, because I've never been so close to fireworks.
By bedtime, which was 11 because we were all so tired from the hike during the day, we walked once again to the great wall and unfolded our sleeping bags on a tower. No tents, may I add. I almost cried at the sight of stairs.
On Sunday morning, we woke up, had breakfast, had a short service and took the bus back to BJ. I slept through the bus ride and that was blissful.
Speaking of bliss, I really really appreciate hot water now. I had to take an ice cold shower this morning because I was so disgusting that I couldn't even stand myself.
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