I am here in Beijing with Laurence – a colleague from the UK.
Yesterday we did the unthinkable – and booked ourselves on an organised tour to the Great Wall.
First stop – the Ming Tombs – about 50km North West of Beijing itself.
As you can see it was drizzling and foggy.
Next stop – after lunch and shopping – was the Great Wall at Ba Da Ling itself.
We drove for just a few minutes and from nowhere Tolkeinesque mountains started to loom up through the mist. Very impressive.
We arrived and the snow started falling. I wanted to get a geocache – so we took the less travelled and much much steeper southern part of the wall.
As you can see – almost whiteout conditions.
The climb up was just slippery; going down was part farce, part winter sport. I’ll post a video of that later!
Here is a view during the summer to show the difference:
Finally – back into a very very wet Beijing for the evening.
We decided to avoid the local delicacies on sale in the hutong – pictures of those soon – but it was a festival – so fireworks, firecrackers – and kids with sparklers.