The Great Wall

The long anticipated visit to the Great Wall has arrived! We are seeing the Mutianyu section of the wall. It’s about an hour and a half outside of Beijing. This northern section of the Great Wall served as a barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. The wall is 7-8.5 meters high and 4-5 meters wide and is made mostly of granite.

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We take chairlifts up

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and we’ll eventually toboggan down.

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Our excitement rises with the chairlift.

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View from the top.

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Stewart and Kim came up with the “SMARTE” (like smartie) Tour as the name for our adventure….Stephanie, Ming, Alex, Ryan, Tyler and Eric. The SMARTE Tour made it to the Great Wall!

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These openings in the wall are shaped this way because it’s more difficult for an attacker to get an arrow through this shape from the outside, therefore protecting the defender on the wall shooting arrows out of it.

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Watchtowers are more densely placed along the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall – 22 watchtowers along this 2,250 meter stretch. This is a window from inside one of the watchtowers.

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“Loyal to Chairman Mao”

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