All posts tagged: great wall

Scaling the Great Wall

“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.

The walls of wonder

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.”~ Walt Streightiff En route to the Great Wall of China in Beijing, I noticed these mystical mountains where the manmade wonders are perched delicately, and thought about how beautiful the world has been long before we even decorated it. Shot from inside the moving van with a Panasonic Lumix point and shoot camera. The view was surreal, like a breathtaking illusion.