The Great Wall


After leaving Nepal, we flew up to Beijing. We were pretty tired from all of the month’s previous sightseeing, so we only had two things on our itinerary; climb the Great Wall and sample some Peking duck. I found us a fabulous suite in a downtown hotel (Expedia rocks!) for $1000 less than the rack rate, so we had ample room to chill out.
Heading up
The first day we went to one of the sections of the Great Wall, Juyongguan Pass, an important military stronghold. It is a steep climb up but Emily and Maddie BOTH made it all the way, unassisted.
Great climbers
All it took was one oreo at each guard’s tower! They are super climber/hikers, we are so proud of our mountain girls!!
On top
We put Madeline in the backpack carrier for the way down, not because she was tired, it was too steep.
Heading down
We went down a different section than we came up and it just got steeper….
and steeper…
And really, really steep…
Simon’s dad bought the girls medals at the bottom, commemorating their achievement. They were very excited about this and have since showed them to all people that may be nearby.
The next day we went to a restaurant in the Hyatt Grand Hotel named ‘Made in China’. It was recommended that they may have the BEST Peking duck in all of Beijing. We tried it out, the skin, dipped in sugar, literally melted in our mouths. The meat was tender and juicy, you wrap it in a pancake of sorts, with sauce and a few accompanying condiments; fabulous! This restaurant definitely gets our vote! Although we didn’t sit in the ‘wine room’, these pic’s are for you, Cam!
wine table
wine racks

3 Comments to

“The Great Wall”

  1. On December 5th, 2010 at 5:55 am Katrina Says:

    i can’t believe how steep the wall got! wow. what a wild section to build even. great photo of the four of you.

  2. On January 4th, 2011 at 9:20 am HeathR Says:

    Wow! That’s steep. What great little climbers you have. My parents had to put candies ALL THE WAY up the trail to get us to hike anywhere when we were that young. One Oreo would NOT have sufficed.

  3. On January 4th, 2011 at 9:35 am pauline Says:

    It was one oreo at each guard tower…

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