A different perspective
29.01.2011 - 29.01.2011 -5 °C
I wasn't expecting a lot from my day at the Great Wall, as our itinerary for the day was identical to my 'Great Wall day' in October 2008. How wrong could I be?! I hadn't factored the superb winter weather into the equation. On a cold, clear winter day I certainly gained a different perspective.
With the early morning temperature at -5C, we left Beijing behind and drove to Mutianyu through the practically non-existent Saturday morning traffic. When I say non-existent, I mean it would have been considered manageable for Melbourne. For Beijing, it was like a New Year gift from the gods.
The first difference I noticed upon arrival was the Chinese writing on the hillside - just an old revolutionary slogan I'm told, but in 2008 we had no indication that it was there behind the Autumn mist. And up on the wall we could see for miles, rather than just as far as the next tower. The cold kept the hordes away and the body temperature under control on the steep climb. *Warning - yucky bit ahead* Another thing about the cold weather was that I couldn't feel my nose running, and just had to assume it was, and wipe regularly. This mostly worked, but for a big drip on my camera at one point. But never mind, as no harm was done!!!
We were able to spend four glorious, almost solitary hours up on the wall, enjoying the vistas that had previously only been in my imagination. Now I feel like have really 'done' Mutianyu.