居庸关 Juyongguan: The Geat Wall of China, 50kms outside from Beijing!!

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I can see the Great Wall of China ... One of the Great Wonders!!! ... My driver wasn't driving fast enough for me!!  Though as I was getting closer I was becoming depressed at the thought that our guide would only let us visit the Great Wall of China for only 1 hour ... 1 hour, I said to him, I want to stay at least for 2!!! (He let us).  Just think it takes a life-time for many people to make it here and now as I approach the Wall, I realize this is one WONDER I am visiting (future visits without a tour guide) ... if you can just pay for a shuttle to and from the Great Wall and then continue making your remaining plans with a tour group if you're unfamiliar with Asia ...

I approached the Wall and they warn you if you have a Heart Problem or High Blood Pressure not to climb the Wall ... Many people over 60 were climbing the wall with no problems ... I must say the steps are steep and you really have to raise your legs to climb each step of the way, the steps are wide also, thank-goodness with the amount of people climbing, width was needed.  My friend said to me "there's no need to continue climbing, you will have to make a choice when to stop" ... well, I could stop at the first temple I had reached ... Coming all the way here from Canada to go up only a few steps ... NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!!

I noticed some tourists would only go up to the first temple/souvenir shop ... but I had to continue going as far as I could walking up for an hour and a half and leaving a half hr to get back down (figure that one out) ... but gravity does/did help me return to our tour guide who was anxiously awaiting for us.  I bought a souvenir stating I climbed the Great Wall of China and they curved my name in it also ... and I bought a key chain with my name in that also

We quickly returned to the tour guide vehicle and when inside, after a while, the tour guide and my friend fell asleep ... his head would fall over then he would place his head up-right, then it happened again, and again ... Beijing buildings passed by but he wasn't awake to tell me each landmark, this I was not happy about ... the trip back to Beijing was just over 50kms ...

Again, from my point of view, go to the Great Wall on your own, then you will certainly enjoy this wonderful place and experience without feeling so rushed to return to a waiting tour guide vehicle!

aswold says:
Great info about the wall and not needing tour guide
Posted on: May 24, 2009
row-zzzzz says:
Thank-you Andrea for all the smiles; this trip is one I'll never forget!!!
Posted on: Apr 08, 2009
row-zzzzz says:
Thanks Jeremy 4 the :) :)!!!!! ...
Posted on: Apr 21, 2008
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