Today is kind of a big day for me, finally I will visit the Great Chinese Wall, a structure that always has fascinated me. Around 07.10 we had breakfast in the hostel and at 08.00 we left in 2 vans, 12 people in total. The part of the wall we will visit today is the part near Huanghua Cheng, a very quiet piece of the wall without any tourists except us. The wall (which was once like 6000 km in length!) is restored several times here, but you can see the different layers in restoration. It is really great to finally walk here, knowing all the effort it took to create this structure hundreds of years ago. We climb from 200 meter to about 700 meter on the wall, facing several extremely steep grades and staircases. Unbelievable Chinese people could even get those massive rocks up here in that time. We visit the great wall for like 3 hours and we are very lucky with that, because I heard most travellers only be there like one hour max and that is even in the tourist part, where you can’t shoot one picture without anyone on it. And the price is less, there are two good meals for us and we don’t have to visit any shop; This tour was really good effort (only book-able for guests of the 9 Dragons guest-house in Beijing)!
We are back in the hostel at 15.30 so I lay down for a moment. In the evening I eat the most famous Beijing Roast Duck in the Beijing Roast Duck Restaurant, the best place in town so they say. I can really subscribe to that sentence; for only 123 yuan (like 14 euro) I have a really delicious Roast Duck, in a very luxurious environment that feels like a three star restaurant. The cooks even cut the Duck live at your table, what looks very impressive. Over all a perfect final day and evening in Beijing!
The final meal; Beijing Roasted Duck with pancakes, cucumber and spring onions