Well, I'm back from China and Singapore and still in the throes of jet lag. I have a couple of photo posts to process, but these are photos of my trip to the Great Wall Mutianyu. There are several Great Wall segments near Beijing, and I think I have been to most of them: Badaling, Mutianyu, Simitai, Huang Hua, Jinshanling. There are two more I have not visited. Any part of the Great Wall is fantastic, and they all have their own flavor.
The cable car to the top of the Wall
I rode an open-air cable car to the top of the Wall. Note the toboggan slide on the left. Some idiots actually ride that thing down the mountainside. Who in their right mind would go down THAT thing?
The Tobaggan Slide on the Way Down
Long Live Chairman Mao
On the mountaintop in the distance on the left there are a series of Chinese characters that spell out "Long Live Chairman Mao!"
Just to give you an idea what the climb is like...
Baomei at the Great Wall
I remembered enough Chinese to be able to take the bus from Dongzhimen station directly to the Great Wall, rather than pay for a tour group. Along the way I met up with Baomei and her husband and we climbed the Wall together.