How could I pass this one up? I was fortunate to walk on THE WALL two years ago on my solo trek to Beijing.

The Great Wall at Mutianyu was rebuilt during the Ming Dynasty in the 16th century upon the foundations of the wall built during the Northern Qi Dynasty (AD 550-77).

The Great Wall at Mutianyu was rebuilt during the Ming Dynasty in the 16th century upon the foundations of the wall built during the Northern Qi Dynasty (AD 550-77).

Before my once-in-a-lifetime visit to this testament to the determination of man, I did a lot of research and saw images of breath-taking vistas and panoramas of the wall snaking across the mountain ridges. However, that was not my wall. My wall was shrouded in mist…a mist that turned into the most awesome thunder and lightning storm I’ve ever experienced. At 3 PM, the black sky was punctuated with flashes of brilliant light that revealed torrents of rain.

An hour before the skies opened and Zeus let loose with his thunderbolts, I was lost on top of the wall. YES! I was alone and lost, standing at a Y in the wall, not recognizing a single brick or stone. To my relief, I was saved by young tourists from Northern Europe who pointed the way to the tram. Oddly enough, I was not afraid, only bemused, thinking, well, if I die, at least I’ve had this incredible adventure. I did not, however, welcome the idea of spending the night alone, huddled against the cold on the top of the wall.

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As I am putting together this post, Billy Joel’s song toys with my memory. Why not? Here, for your enjoyment, is one of my favorite artists:

We could have gone all the way to the Great Wall of China if you’d only had a little more faith in me

Travel Theme: Walls

19 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Walls

  1. Oh my gosh! You got to walk on the Great Wall?? I’m completely jealous, but then reading you’re story I got scared for you and than I was relieved haha! So many emotions in this post, I love it. That shot is … just breathtaking. The fog you captured with it really adds so much more to the shot.

    • It was a great adventure … and quite by happenstance and good fortune. I was hired to do some professional development with one of the school districts. I used the stipend to do some sight-seeing before the job; there is no other way I could take such a fabulous trip. I was blessed.

    • Thank you. I had the good fortune to be hired for a short job in China which gave me the perfect chance to explore. I am so thankful that I didn’t let fear prevent me from having this incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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