|At this section you don't need a cable car and it is much more developed for tourists.|
|I have my trusty cane with me as we head into the area where you can finally get onto the wall itself.|
|We were there fairly early in the morning, but already it was getting busy.|
|The army boys were sight seeing too, and buying their tickets! If they'd been born in a different|
time period they may have been posted here!
|You could choose to go either left or right from this main resting area.|
|As you can see the left side was already filled with people, so we chose to go right!|
|Chinese flag blowing in the breeze!|
|Blaine loading up on water for the climb ahead!|
|Stairs leading up to the wall itself.|
|OK!! Bring it on!! Dallas was ready to climb!|
|Checking out one of the lower towers. Our guide was a man we met on our last trip to Beijing. He|
is very knowledgeable, and speaks good English. He picked us up at the airport, and drove us
all over the place for the days we were there.
|I didn't go very far on this wall because it was much steeper than it looks in pictures.|
|These narrow steep stairs were built here and there along the wall for the soldiers to get down |
off the wall without having to go too far.
|The trees were beginning to turn color.|
|No Blaine didn't give me a black eye, the wind blew hair over my eye!! Ha likely story!!!|
|Just to prove we were really there!! It was cool and very windy that day, but|
the smog level was fairly low so the sky was actually kind of blue!
|The guys started their hike up!|
|Just a neat picture!!|
|Dallas was determined to get to one of the high towers.|
|This shouldn't be tooooooo bad!!!|
|Hmmmm ! Steeper than l thought!! Almost to the top of the first hill!!|
|He's over the top and around a corner. Blaine said enough at the bottom of this hill!|
|The red spot on the right is Dallas. Almost to the top!!|
|Whew!!!! He's made it to the door of the tower!!!! He's the red dot at the door!!!|
|These two pictures give you an idea of how steep it is.|
|I'm waiting for them way down at the bottom somewhere!|
|This picture is looking over to the left side that was full of people climbing. We started where|
all the buildings are.
|The number of older Chinese people tackling the climb is amazing. Then there are the tourists who|
look like they will have a heart attack any second now!!
|Blaine heading down!!! Good thing they have railings because you really needed them in places.|
|The Chinese people always want to take pictures of themselves with foreigners. I don't know who they think you are! It's the weirdest thing.|
|Dallas taking a breather after his epic climb!|
|I don't think these brothers ever thought they'd one day walk on the Great Wall of China together.|
They had a great time. The sign is a famous saying by Mao "There is no good man who
has not been up the great wall"
|Heading back out.|
|Stopping for a break to catch our breath. I never expected to see the wall in my life, but to get the chance|
to go to it twice was a wonderful experience, even though l didn't do much of the climbing!!