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.
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.
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.