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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

{Part IX of Husband Pieter's Trip to East Asia - Jinshanling Great Wall of China}

After the good two hour drive up into the mountains, north of Beijing, seeing extreme poverty and shaggy mushroom houses without any production due to the cold, the Jinshanling Great Wall of China came in sight!
One of the World Wonders...
In Pieter's diary he wrote: 'There are no words for being able to stand here on this enormous wall and for climbing up. Got exhausted!!'
The team was lucky that they got to see the Great Wall Section at Jinshanling as that proves to be the BEST!
I bet it can't be fully grasped until you're actually ON it...
Would have loved to be there too!
How pleased Pieter was for having his lined Parka to wear in the cold areas of China!
It was quite a climb up into the mountainous area, some 130 km or 80 miles north of Beijing.
Here you can see Jinshanling's Great Wall Section - the most popular for hiking. Clicking the link also lets you see a video for getting a more real idea. 
It weaves like a snake across the mountain... and that for 8,852 kilometers!
Good that those trees were bare so the view of the Great Wall was visible!
Everyone's excitement grew...
The bus is snaking through the mountains and coming closer and closer...
Yay, almost there!
Can you imagine that this got already started in the 6th century?
Read more about the history of Jinshanling Great Wall by clicking on this link.
Parking the bus and getting off!
Do you see the wall above these buildings?
Those poor locals are having their handicraft lined up for sale...
A cute Chinese girl, warmly bundled up in a beautifully hand knitted dress with cap.
Getting our tickets...
Do you see the snow to the left?!
Yep, on March 26, in 1987 it was still very cold.
Climbing up and looking down at the road and parking area, again snow to the right.
Stopping to catch your breath and making photos from each other...
Just being in AWE of this enormity and without having been there it is beyond comprehension...
Taking another much needed rest!
Feeling so blessed!
Pieter was in top condition in his 50s.
Quite a privilege.
YES, Pieter really did and he got exhausted but it's worth it!
On the way back to the Kunlun Hotel, the team did visit the Ming Tombs near Beijing... so stay tuned and thanks for visiting!

15 comments:

  1. Hello Mariette, Lucky indeed to travel along the great wall and see it up close. Taipei was once a walled city, but except for some of the gates, nothing is left of the wall itself--not even the tiniest section.
    --Jim

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  2. Liebe Mariette,

    das ist beeindruckend.
    Herzliche Grüße
    Elisabeth

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  3. Ciao Mariette!
    La muraglia cinese è uno di quei posti che ognuno vorrebbe visitare.....meraviglioso!!!
    Un forte abbraccio cara.
    Letizia

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  4. Yes it is a miracle indeed to built such a long wall over the mountains. That is what many countries want to do now, building a wall around their country.

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  5. wOOOOOWWWWW. What a privilege to be there!. The Great wall in China is one of my dreams.
    Sending blessings.
    María

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  6. Bonjour Mariette
    C'est incroyable de voir ça une fois dans sa vie !
    Grosses bises.

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  7. How wonderful that he got to go there. My daughter was sent to China on a business trip last year and they took her to the wall. I remains on my bucket list. Hope you had a wonderful E aster... Janey

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  8. Dear Mariette,
    How wonderful that Pieter got to there! Sounds like it is a big challenge to walk such a long great wall, but
    he did, only successful travelers can enjoy that grand mountain views. Interesting to see their handicraft for sale. Have a happy day.

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  9. Dear Mariette!
    Your Pieter's trip to East Asia and he was into the mountains houses and lined parks to in cold of Chinan I don't very much to see the buildings..A cute Chiness girl a beautiful hand knitted dress with cap so! it must be today will be more new idea..
    Have a nice weather for your country!
    Michiko

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  10. Wow, the view is simply incredible! How wonderful your husband Pieter got to visit the Great Wall. It's one of the places I'd like to visit some day. I see I need to be very well prepared for lots of walking and climbing :-)
    I hope you had a great Easter weekend. Have a wonderful new week, Mariette!

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  11. Geweldig...wat een mooi landschap..staat ook mog op pnze wenslijst, die muur..maar dan moeten we wel op gaan schieten....:)

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  12. Liebe Mariette,
    wenn man bewundernd vor diesem Bauwerk steht, darf man nicht vergessen,
    wieviele Menschen ihr Leben lassen mussten. Trotzdem, es ist auch das einzige
    Bauwerk, dass man vom Mond aus erblickt.
    Einen sonnigen Wochentart wünscht dir
    Irmi

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  13. Que passeio espetacular. Uma miragem belíssima.
    Que construção magnifica desta muralha, os povos antigos tinham sonhos grandioso.
    Bjos, tenha uma ótima semana.

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  14. This is wonderful to see, Dear Mariette! I have always wanted to visit here, but I think it will only be in my mind. Hard to believe that this wall was started in the 6th century. Also, hard to believe that your Dear Pieter was in his 50's here! Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos. Hope you had a lovely Easter. Hugs xo Karen

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  15. This is really very impressive!!!
    How lucky Pieter must feel for having visited the Great Wall of China!!!
    Many hugs!!!

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