The Great Wall really is great. You can’t visit China without seeing it for yourself. I think it’s a law.
The most popular section of the Great Wall is at Badaling because it’s the site of the wall’s closest approach to Beijing. It’s also why we visited a section of the wall slightly further away.
Our guide said 100,000 people had visited the Badaling section of the wall the previous day. He showed us a photo with the entire wall packed full of people. I mean really packed. They were shoulder to shoulder as far as the eye could see.
We never knew the Great Wall was so steep. Our calves reminded us of it this morning.