Badaling: Scaling the Wall
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Went to the Wall with the Brit. We brought our sleeping rolls in case we decide to stay the night in the area. Waiting in line for a ticket, we are approached by two female college students who offer to take us to an unrestored section of the wall where we don't have to pay. They are motivated by an opportunity to practice their English and are not at all pleased when I try to speak Chinese with them. On the way we stock up with a bag of KFC takeaway. At the end of a meandering path through thick bushes, we ran right into the wall and hoist each other up. We are all alone and the views are fantastic. We are near a junction and there are many walls heading out in several directions. Trees are growing out of it in places and some sections are collapsed, allowing us to look in the innards to see if rumors of skeletons of the orignal workers are true (no such confirmation). Evening time, and we have finished off the chicken and said our goodbyes to the students who leave to go home. A full moon rises. It's the full moon of the Autumn Harvest Festival and in the light, the walls glow like alabaster. We lay out our bedrolls and sleep under the full moon on the wall. This will be something to write home about.