So we made it back from the wall, so exhausted im still out of breath, lol. it was a grueling trek of around 5 miles and we were given a time frame of 4 hours to complete it, not so difficult you would think until you do it yourself.We had to wake at 6am in order to travel the three hour trip to the part of the wall we were set to climb, north east Beijing (don't forget Beijing is roughly the size of Belguim!). The car journey was increadible our driver who I say was a cross between Jackie Chan and Lewis Hamilton made for an interesting death defying ride.
We were climbing a lesser known part of the wall going from Jingshaling to Simatai and this only made for it to be more beautifull. The scenary was truely breathtaking and so was the hike. We basically started in midday heat and unfourtanetly that made conditions difficult. Sam especially was a little shall we say worn out by the trek. we were fourtunate enough to be with a group of tourists staying at our hostel that were from America, England, Uraguay and Holland they all spoke English which helped. We took a small detour on the hike in order to avoid the baking sun and arrived at our destination ahead of schedule. you must check out the photos I have just uploaded allthough I feel they will struggle to do justice to what we saw through our own eyes.
Overall I was amazed by the sher engineering acomplishment for people to build such a structure all those years ago and im glad we avoided a lot of the restored tourist route and got to see the real delapidated wall in all its glory.
Later on the people we then met decided to all go to dinner together and so 10 of us went to a small Chinese resteraunt in Beijing and ordered various dishes which were all fantastic, the food here is great! very much different from our oppinion when we first arrived. Also some of the guys we were with could speak Manderin which made our lives a lot easier and after dinner most people went home while me and Sam went onto another bar with a nice couple from illinois excuse spelling where we sipped some cheap beers (10yuan for a long island ice tea which is around 60p back home).
We relly dont want to leave now as we have both fallen in love with this amazing city but im afraid we must as its a lovely hard sleeper overnight train to Shanghai on thursday evening, keep in touch all