Dont know why it hadnt crossed my mind properly, but the Great Wall is actually ON TOP of mountains?
Basing my knowledge of big walls on the lovely, if not petite wall,that is Hadrians wall UK, I hadnt factored in climbing up about 3000ft to reach the wall to then start a 16km treck along it which included dropping 1000ft just to climb up another 2000ft for a laugh.
Another thing i hadnt thought about was buying a beer/ fan/ postcard whilst having my lunch ontop of the wall. The little mongolian 'farmers' selling their wares must be extremely fit to carry all their stuff and follow groups along the wall, perstering them for hours on end.
However the views are breath taking with red and purple hills surrounding you everywhere you look- leaving you with trigger finger and feeling snap happy with your camera permanently in your clutches.
In a moment of crazyness I got up at 6am to climb to the 'highest section' of the wall to attempt to get a picture of sunrise. An hour later and I had climbed at least 2500ft making it so i had to squint to see the cable cars beneith me. The climbing in the dark made the assent a little more bearable as you could only consentrate on the steps in front of you rather than how many towers you have clambered through in what seems a never ending staircase to what you percieve to be 'the top'. The sunrise however wastnt the red glorious dream i had wanted to wake up to but the shock at seeing how high i had climbed in such a short amount of time (which included running the last section because i thought the sun was coming) was a nice suprise!
But yes, Great Wall!