Very nice moments in china

We wait without really understanding the how of why, when a second car, more comfortable arrives. We shall then down and up again because in this chic! other ‘Western’, y ‘will therefore surely guide in English!
Well no! The guide does speak in Chinese. After a long bus ride, we finally arrived at the site of Badaling (35 yuan per person), then we are left 1:10 to stretch our legs, that’s what we expected!

Already level weather, we are not spoiled, a haze is already emerging, such photos postcard, it will not this time

But hey, as the saying goes, “He who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a good”, then it is left for the climb! Oh yes I forgot to mentioned, we not only have no guide in English, but no cable either, it will be just the opportunity to show our bravery
And we were very brave!
To take a few pictures of the Great Wall, it took us to climb hundreds of steps and go through 4 or 5 thousands of watchtowers dotted along the wall, through which, by a system of signal lights, information could move very quickly from the time of the barbarian invasions.

In fact, about 8 meters high and 6 meters wide, the Great Wall was playing more of a deterrent, never able to prevent invasion. A little power our Maginot Line 10 … what

It is also said that the Great Wall is the only human work visible from the moon.

And my cheeks reddened by climbing, we see from the moon?

In short, the effort was in line with our expectations, and even though the sun was not part of the game was worth it, to convince you, find the pictures I could not fit into the album Views of Beijing, you also may have to gasp!

In fact if I had time, I would have gone further to stroll on uneven steps of the Great Wall, but we had to leave quickly because the bus was waiting for us to continue the journey.

Next step: lunch in what is perhaps the single restoration site nearby. Good noodle soup will do the trick for us and give us calibrate our emotions morning.

Because the day is not over. Now we are heading towards the Ming Tombs.
The Ming Tombs

With Sandrine we expected a lot from this visit as well, but we were disappointed.

In fact, the Ming Tombs is a collection of sites, and the fact is that our program sites or are they equally unattractive, the site we visited has certainly revealed the imposing statue a Ming emperor, but in fact the tomb one sees nothing special in any case it was felt on our site Changling.

Worse, we then stopped at another site, and it leads directly into a sort of small museum where you begin to describe the entire tomb around an attractive model, before you go around a jade sculpture gallery which ends with a workshop (still good that’s interesting). But of course, the Chinese not crazy, just after we urge you to spend your money to buy jade, stone very expensive because very hard work by the way …

So we will not see “the way of the spirits” lined with symbolic animals evocative. This may be for another time, because it is already time to go, and we must admit that once again a good night’s sleep will be welcome after a meal because of course, what better after Climbing the Great Wall of China as the sole true taste sublime Peking Duck in Beijing? To discover very soon in the section dedicated to our culinary experience

The great wall

certainly between cousins ​​… but in a magical place.

Who can boast spend his Valentine’s Day on the Great Wall of China?!

The Great Wall of China, it is a must for anyone who has to do a bit of sightseeing in Beijing. This is known as the “dragon lily ten thousand” is actually a set of “Big Walls” parallel fortifications built in different places over the centuries, extending over 6700 km on the mountains of west is (longer than the radius of the Earth, or 1/20 of its circumference!)
So, when you are in Beijing, several sites of the Great Wall can be visited.

The best known is the site of Badaling. 70 km northwest of the capital, is the site that provides the best restored probably the most beautiful scenery, and it is also the most visited site …

You also speak of Mutianyu and Simatai sites (respectively 90 km and 110 km from Beijing, northeast) that they offer the advantage of being less touristy.

Before arriving in Beijing, I knew about these last 2 sites and would rather have looked for them, not appreciating the little hordes of tourists when it comes to admire the beautiful landscapes we are promised .
That said, given the distances, we wanted to do the best by booking an organized tour through our hotel. And then the reservation service (a young Chinese in all and for all …) we say that these two sites are quite dangerous in winter, and Badaling is more appropriate. Is not as Trappists specially equipped, Sandrine and I opted for the site of Badaling.
Program … badly programmed

So the program, visit the Badaling site with access to cable and English guide, lunch and visit the tomb of the Ming in the afternoon that promised well, especially as we chose our day having thrown a look at the weather should be fine.

Except of course things do not go as planned.

In the series of our galleys, just the day we had to get up a little earlier, well, I do not run with my phone / alarm clock. So wake up and preparation in fourth gear … for nothing because at the end we had to wait almost two hours at the entrance of the hotel: we were the only 2 of the hotel you have booked the trip, and Chinese girl reservation service … we had forgotten.

So we expected, not forgetting to express our discontent … When she arrived, she began to pay us our 360 yuan, then took us to a bus on the other side of the street where we had to pay for the same trick as the one we had booked. (50 yuan per person for transport)