The Great Wall

So... I just went to the GREAT WALL!!

Now, I don't know why but when I envisioned myself going to the Great wall, I imagined myself walking up the stairs alone and taking my time to enjoy the scenery. But I was completely wrong because it was so extremely crowded. There were no rest periods and you had to be on the move. Today wasn't even one of the worst days. I swear I could crowd surf if people were up for it.

We went today because it wasn't very sunny. The weather was hot but not to the point where you could pass out, so I would say that it was a perfect day to go the Great Wall in the summer.  The perfect time to go is around the Fall time just because the weather is perfect for traveling. Because the wall is repetitively the same, walking for a couple miles was enough and we finished within 2 hours (most of the time we were trying to find our way down to where we started). 

The fog covers the mountains which gives off a layer effect that I always love

The fog covers the mountains which gives off a layer effect that I always love

To get to the Great Wall, we had to purchase tickets for cable cars so that we could get to the actual wall. It takes about 1 minute to get there and once you do, you're instantly engulfed by a crowd of people. Although walking with so many people on extremely uneven and steep steps was stressful, I kind of enjoyed the excitement of constantly being on the lookout for photo-worthy moments. Sometimes there would be spot on the edge of the wall with a magnificent view which we did not hesitate to take advantage of. Finding an empty picturesque location was like finding a gold mine; Stacey and I would be so ecstatic (its pretty funny)

My beautiful sister :)

My beautiful sister :)

all of our jumping pictures failed. This was the best one....

all of our jumping pictures failed. This was the best one....

Now that my sister has finally arrived, there'll be more exciting posts :D  since we plan to take down Beijing and Guangzhou together :D  We're currently dorming together at my aunt's apartment by ourselves which makes makes the situation 10 times more exciting. #lifewithoutparents 

Hope you're enjoying your summer!

-Anne-