The Great Wall
The section of the Wall where we went was called Badaling. It had two paths, the north side and the south side.
The were two paths, the North (a little more difficult) and the South (a little easier.) The section in this picture is the North path, the one that I decided to climb. The small tower that you can see in the dead center of the picture is the highest point of this section of the Great Wall.
A view somewhere in the middle of the climb.
A view looking off of the side of the Wall.
I made it!
Incredible view from the top.
From the top in the other direction.
Other Cool things in Beijing
Me in front of Chairman Mao's tower in Tiananmen Square. Trying to make the same face that Mao had in his portrait on the building...
The Water Cube arena from the 2008 Summer Olympics
Standing in front of the Bird's Nest stadium where the opening ceremonies were held.
The entrance to the Forbidden City.
Just outside of the Forbidden City, there was a couple doing a photo shoot for their wedding. The bride, wearing the traditional red wedding color (and I'm thinking not a very traditional dress?) posed for a picture for me.
We took a rickshaw tour of a hutong which is a very narrow alleyway with apartments on either side. All of the apartments in a row share a common courtyard - often up to 4 or more families will share a courtyard that is smaller than my backyard is in Fort Mill!
Our view of the hutong street.
This is an example of the shared courtyard. I'm standing about in the middle of it, so it's about twice the size of what you can see in this picture.
We actually got to tour the courtyard and apartment of a family who lived on this hutong street! This is their bedroom.
This is their kitchen.
...and the other half of their kitchen.
A group of people playing Mah Jong on the end of the street.