e had spent a few days in Shanghai before heading over to Beijing. Pollution in Beijing was a major issue, much worse than it was in Shanghai. So a day trip to the Great Wall was exactly what we desperately needed to get out of the city for some fresh air. The Great Wall was definitely the highlight of China. If there was something I wanted to see here, this was it! I like history and it always feels amazing to be in places you grew up seeing on the National Geographic. It took us about an hour and a half to get to the Mutianyu section of the Wall. We had hired an employee from our hotel in Beijing to drive us around for the day. His English was fairly good, and that was all we needed. Just trying to tell the cab driver the night before where to go was nearly impossible.
Off we went, on our four hour hike on the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. The vastness, the mountains and the scenery were all amazing. The Wall goes on far beyond what your eyes can see, and then some. At the end of the tourist zone, there was a sign that said “no trespass”. But it wasn’t like there were any guards preventing us to go any further to the more challenging areas of the Wall. It got very steep, to the point we had to hold on to the rocks just to keep moving. Two and a half hours up, we reached the highest point my eyes had set target on when we first arrived. Mission Accomplished!
Check out the gallery below, get inspired, and travel to places beyond your comfort zone. I hope one day you get to visit the Great Wall and feel like you were part of the National Geographic, just like we did!