“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb”.
~ Nelson Mandela
Scaling the Great Wall via Badaling Route
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is very touristy and congested in the Badaling route from Beijing. It may be a little difficult to recognize from the serene pictures you see on the net and books. For a photographer, it becomes a feat trying to find a spot to capture its “zen-like” ruins, without being pushed or diverted by a shuffling crowd. Not recommended for those suffering from vertigo and fear of heights. Then again, you will encounter a whole family gently holding on to a grandmother who looks to be a hundred, nimbly stepping on very steep stone pavements, while a throng of tourists are hyperventilating and waiting behind them.
This is a rather delayed shoutout to Third Eye Mom who has a better experience of trekking the Great Wall from a different location with less of the people and more of nature untouched.
A while back, I promised her I will blog about my own surreal experience, to which I kept forgetting. It’s not because it wasn’t memorable, but because I had way too many photos to sort from. All of them entails me struggling for support clutching at rails while carrying a camera and teetering on a steep incline. It was a giddy and fun experience. 🙂
I will have a more detailed blog post soon.
(Thanks, Wiki!) The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China in part to protect the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces.
Badaling is the site of the most visited section of the Great Wall of China, approximately 50 miles (80 km) northwest of urban Beijing city in Yanqing County, which is within the Beijing municipality. The portion of the wall running through the site was built in 1505 during the Ming Dynasty, along with a military outpost reflecting the location’s strategic importance. The highest point of Badaling is Beibalou, approximately 1,015 metres (3,330 ft) above sea level. The portion of the wall at Badaling has undergone heavy restoration, and in 1957 it was the first section of the wall to open to tourists. Now visited annually by millions, the immediate area has seen significant development, including hotels, restaurants, and a cable car.
despite the breathtaking scenery, it takes a lot of courage and determination to explore china on back-pac. hope you had a good trip.
Yes, thank you, I had a good one. I was a delegate to a large tourism convention where we were promoting Philippine tourism, so everything was on a pre-arranged city tour. I didn’t have a lot of time exploring the place on my own, though because I was the official photographer, and we had to attend every special Peking duck dinner (which was yummy). :-
Wonderful Jojie! Thanks for the shout out and can’t wait to see more pictures!!!! I’m behind in my reading lately so will keep my eye out. Yes that part of the wall is a tourist nightmare. Too bad you didn’t make it to the part I went on as there were literally no one at parts. My pictures didn’t turn out great because of the fog though. Looking forward to hearing more!!!! 🙂
The photos that you posted were enough to tell me you’ve got the better view and deal! But I don’t think I can handle the trekking you guys did. Aargh. 🙂 I will be posting more of the hilarious side of my experience and will make sure to let you know, because I already dedicated my Great Wall experience to you. LOL. 🙂
I can’t wait!!!! 🙂