Early wake-up, bus picking us up at 6.40 am (omg). Luckuly we managed to get cups of tea and coffee before the go.
After getting all the passagers on the bus, we were ready to go to one of the musts in Beijing, the Great wall. The bus drive took one and half hours after which we were free to climb up to the wall – or as it would have taken too long to take the stairs, we decided to use the cable car instead. 5 minutes, and the Wall was just infront of us.
“Take your left for the best views”, was the instruction from our guide Susie, and we followed her advice. We were approximately 1250 meters above the sea level, but it was still hot, and no wind at all. But once on the Wall, it didn’t matter. We walked slowly and had drinking brakes, also enjoyed the shelter of the towers every now and then. The final part was the most demanding, steep 446 steps, but we did reach the destination, high five for that.
The way back was as long as the way there, but it felt much easier, except the steep part in the beginning of the return. The whole walk tour, approximately 9 000 steps and 3 000 stairs, lasted less than two hours. After this experience two exhausted, but happy travellers returned to the hotel to make new plans.