Walking on the Great Wall of China

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It was amazing experience to walk on a historic wonder for the first time. While I was in Beijing just to put my footprint on one of the seven wonders visited Mutianyu Great wall of China.

Visit China was one of my mesmerizing experience ever because it was totally different from traveling other countries around the world.  Big challenge was the language barrier, almost no one speak English in China. Even officer in the front desk of Five start hotel barely speak the global language fluently.

After little hurdle managed to get China Visa from the consulate in my country. Then booked my flight and started planning the trip in short time. I used Google to get most of the information about traveling in China. I took a flight to Dhaka –  Guangzhou and landed there in the morning. As it was my first visit in China I got several questions from the officers in immigration. Once its done took a taxi and went to the hotel. At the beginning it was hard to move in the mysterious land. I was few days in Guangzhou then visited Guilin and then finally Beijing.

I made my decision to visit Beijing while I was in Guilin, because I thought it will be big sin if I miss to walk in Great wall even I am in China. I booked the flight with local flight booking site and hotel with booking.com

My flight was so early morning and was curious enough to take taxi to the airport, even I could not sleep as scheduled taxi pick up through hotel front desk. I got the taxi and arrived in the airport before check in counter opened. Got my breakfast in the departure gate lobby as complementary breakfast prepared for me by the hotel. I was watching outside while in the flight to the Beijing, barely I could see but I was enjoying. Once we were in sky of Beijing suddenly I got hopeless to see the green-less brown sandy ground below. The Flight landed and was it totally freaking dry weather here but could not expedite the freezing temperature outside because it was sunny day. I am from a country where always weather in between 30-40 degree Celsius so -5 degree Celsius was freaking cold to me. By the way I took the taxi to the hotel but i couldn’t manage to make understand my driver the place as he was zero level English known. Then he started their Chinese app and follow the map.

 

After check-in i started my walk to the known in Beijing city,  and explored near Starbucks  which was 20 mins walk from my hotel. Also collected some groceries from 7 eleven. While got back to my room booked Great wall tour. There were many options to choose also many destinations to check the Wall. I made some research over internet about which part is good to visit. I found the Mutianyu part is not over crowded and still having original structure.

In the next day the tour bus picked me from the hotel along with other travelers. I was counting time to get the first glimpse of the historic relics. Meanwhile was watching funny commentaries from tour girl in her Chinglish explanation.

Finally we arrived at the destination where we checked in the ticket counter and took hanging lift to get to the top of the wall. I was so exciting to keep my foot on the wall, it was like winning the world to me. The temperature was freezing there but I felt warmth inside. I started my climb and realized it’s not that much small distance to go once tomb to another. I did not stop my walk but after a while I started to sweat inside but when took off my jacket again was freezing. I climbed hundreds of steps and took rest for a while and again walk. Once I felt hungry took a rest and got my launched given by the tour operator. I made the mistake, I could not walk fast after having meal so stop climbed the steps.

The get down part was so exciting, it was a slide like in a amusement park. At first I was afraid to fall from the track but the track was designed with good security measure. I felt like a child and screaming so loudly with happiness inside. Finally get in the bus the started back way.

In the mid way tour operator took us to a local tea shop where enjoyed tea show by the sales girl. Nobody bought any tea so the girl was happily disappointed. After two hours we have reached the town and took off from the bus. The guide was asking for some tips but not of us was convinced so she was upset too.

The journey still remains in my head whenever I see the photo taken meanwhile the tour.

 

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