China Trip Feb./March 2016 – Day 4

[In which I climb the great wall without dying and meet a cat on top]

At the risk of sounding like everyone who wrote about it ever – pictures can not convey how great the Great Wall truly is. Or how fucking steep (55 degrees in some cases both up and down) which is why I will ask anyone attempting to walk it for a longer while to assess his or her condition, both mental and physical. It is incredible strenuous to walk the damn thing and mid-way my legs were jelly and I have no clue how I managed to walk all of it without just collapsing forever and asking everyone to leave me to die. And I am 100 % sure that without having lost a good 15kg between now and October last year as well as boosting up my overall condition, I would not have made it.

We visited Badaling which according to travelchinaguide.com is „the best-preserved and most completed section“ and „compared with other sections, most stairs are not very steep and equipped with handrails, so it is relatively easier for a climbing“. TO THE LATTER I CALL BULLSHIT, the space between the stairs is either too narrow or too wide so annoying to climb, the handrails are rather low and not steep? If a 55 degree angle is not steep, I dread to imagine what’d fit the description.
We used the North Route which took us the three hours quoted so at least we made good time?

(While I was slowly dying, my father was hopping around the slopes like some demented ibex on speed – dude has toomuch energy!)

But enough of the babbling, pictures! You can totally see where I switched from taking scenic shots to document just how fucking steep the shit was.

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China Trip Feb./March 2016 – Day 3

[In which there is finally picture spam]

I have a theory: Beijing swallows up all foreigners upon entering and spits them out on the tourist hotspots. Why I think so? Cause today during our tour through the Forbidden City was the first time I saw other obvious tourists. But as soon as we were out again? Zip zilch nada.

But first things first – this time I do have breakfast pics!

Today was the same as yesterday just instead of greenery we had a sausage and a soft bun with red beans. We also got up at an unholy hour again cause we needed to drop Dad’s boss off at the airport, switch hotels and then make our way to the Forbidden City.

But oh my god, that is one epic place – for the doll people, this is how I imagine the palace of Khaled’s father. This is also just a small part of what I photographed but uh, did not want to spam overly much.

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