What sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, and spills the upper boulders in the sun, and makes gaps even two can pass abreast? Finally…the Great Wall of China.
One of the wonders of the world, the Great Wall is one of the symbols of China. Beginning around 500 BC and continuing through the 16th century, the wall of today was constructed by many dynasties attempting to seal off their northern border from nomadic invaders. Today the wall remains only in sections, though the PRC government has spent tens of millions of dollars renovating and restoring this world monument.
A group of us journeyed to the Mutianyu section of the wall on a Friday morning. This section is the second-most touristed part, but is the best preserved. The other sections farther out from Beijing are practically devoid of anything beyond creeping vine and the leering gaze of condors. You can hike among crumbling ruins and even camp on the wall without ever seeing another person. Oh well – those sections take hours to get to, and given that we were on the school’s budget, we opted for an ideal compromise.