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Jinshanling is a section of Great Wall located on around 2,5 hours drive from Beijing. It has been fully restored and is quite easy to hike… on a ‘normal’ day, that is – when it’s not raining. I came here on my second day in Beijing, with a small group tour (which should have probably been cancelled due to pouring rain, which lasted until the late afternoon).
Upon our arrival to the entrance of this beautiful site, we were quickly approached by some local sellers offering cheap, plastic rain coats. I bought one and put it on, though it wasn’t enough to protect myself (and my camera) from the falling water. So I decided to also buy a huge umbrella. Which helped with the rain, but did not help to climb the wall and much less to hold the camera and take many photos.
Despite these somewhat unpleasant conditions – I was still very grateful and happy to be here, in such an otherworldly place. The beautiful Great Wall, which stretches for over six thousand kilometers, is a true World wonder. And after finally seeing it for the first time – it left me wondering what would it take to climb it all? Now, I know that some sections are completely in ruins and are unaccessible, though I think it is still possible to skip them over and continue on? Hmm. I guess, maybe one day, will see – who knows.
On another note, I would love to come back here in different seasons – to see the Wall in the Fall and the Winter times. There is something about this sight that just captures imagination and stays on. It’s breathtaking, it’s haunting, it’s wild, grand and imposing – it’s something that everyone should experience, at least once in a lifetime.
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