The Great Wall of China

Well, you just can’t go to China and not visit the Great Wall.  It was a massive day, a milestone, a challenge and an adventure.   After months of talking about it, reading about it and imagining it, we hiked on the wall!

Chris took some great pics. He tells me there are three dragonflies for you to find somewhere in the photos.  I haven’t found them yet, I’ll race you!

And I’ll let Meena and Tintin tell the story.

Meena writes

We went to the Great Wall of China on the bus and I made friends with some fun Irish girls; Laden and Monica. Our guide’s name was Tony and he explained how the men building the wall were whipped if they didn’t work hard enough and they were only fed one bowl of rice. The wall was known as the world’s longest grave yard.

There were at least 10 watch towers on the part of the wall that we climbed. The walk was really good because of the clear blue sky and it was hot. It is normally polluted and you can’t see the sky, so our day was great. On the way down we went on the toboggan. I went with one of the Irish girls which I think her name was Laden. On the toboggan I loved the accelerator and kept bumping into Oliver who was riding with Monica. Dad went down a chair lift with Sparky. It was all great fun.





Tintin writes

We went to the Great Wall of China It looked easy to climb but it wasn’t. I made friends, they were Irish doctor students. The view was beautiful; you could see farms, houses, villages and heaps of mountains.

Daddy was a champ climbing on the wall with Sparky on his back and Snowy did well carrying the pack part of the way. Mum was good too ‘cos she carried Baby Boy.

You could climb to the top of the buildings on the wall and there were flag poles. It was hot up there so I went back down and headed for lunch.







So, some of us carried, and some of us were carried. Does it matter? Not a bit. When we considered the blood and sweat and grief that was poured into the building of the wall, it becomes irrelevant how hard each of us worked. We all felt privileged to touch the stones and read the engraved names and imagine the poised archers and patrolling horses.

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11 Responses to The Great Wall of China

  1. April August 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Did you climb at Mutianyu? I imagine the wall looks kind of the same in many places, but it was so foggy (so blessedly cool) that I could only guess at the scenery I might be seeing if it were a clear day. Did you see a donkey?!
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    • Jill August 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

      Hi April, yes it was Mutianyu, and Meena saw a donkey! We had an amazing view, and the heat that comes with it!

  2. Gina @ Inky Ed! August 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Wow, what a great experience – love these pics. Thank you Meena and Tintin for sharing the story.

    I can see two dragonflies but not sure I am prepared to claim the third. I did have to spit and wipe my
    screen to be sure they weren’t my own ‘dirty marks’.

    Did you get the hiking arms with Sparky’s chariot? Would they be useful or more of a pain?

    So enjoying your journey.
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    • Jill August 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

      Hi Gina!


      We have the hiking arms…at home in the shed! A couple of times we’ve wished we had them for jungle walks and across paddocks etc. They just didnt fit in our back packs. But for flights and flights of steps the sling is much easier on Chris back.

  3. Bron August 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    I have tears of joy reading this post and seeing these pictures.
    It is a truly amazing adventure you have undertaken and you inspire me each post you make.
    This has always been on my list and it seems so much more achieveable now! Love the pic of
    Snowy being weighed down by his backpack!
    Fwiw i found the three dragonflies ( pics 5,6,7) but then again pep and I have been doing a heap of Wheres Wally? 😉 lately x
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    • Jill August 30, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

      Thanks Bron!
      It WAS pretty cool.

      I’ve only found 2, and Chris hasnt told me where they are yet!

      Speaking of Where’s Wally, there’s an app called Little Things, which is very fun, she might enjoy it!

  4. Aunty deb August 31, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    I loved the photos. Thank you Meena and Tintin for sharing your experience. Snowy must have big muscles to carry that back pack. Good job. Lots of love Aunty Deb

  5. Danielle (Bubs on the Move) August 31, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    What a great experience for the whole family. I get exhausted carrying my own baby boy (who looks around the same age as yours) around the local grocery store! Danielle
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  6. Lisa Wood August 31, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Amazing photos! And one amazing family experience – love that you got to visit China and climb the wall. I never realised that it would be that step, or that hot!

    What a great way to learn about life. And experience something together. Sure is amazing history behind how the wall was made.

    Love the smiles on your kids faces, and how they share the day from their eyes.
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  7. Granny September 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    Another amazing account of your adventures! Love, Granny xxx

  8. Deb @ Bright and Precious October 7, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    I love your ‘can do’ attitude to travelling, Jill. You constantly inspire me. Sparky looked happy to be carried by so many loving family members. The carried and the carriers… bless them all. I noticed that you carried your baby/toddler. It kind of made my back sore looking at it – and then I instantly remembered how much stronger and fitter (and younger) you are than me! It’s truly amazing how much effort went into building that wall. What a privilege to see it.
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