“There in the mist, enormous, majestic, silent and terrible, stood the Great Wall of China. Solitarily, with the indifference of nature herself, it crept up the mountain side and slipped down to the depth of the valley. ”
– W. Somerset Maugham
The Long and winding road brought the Great Wall of China to mind. This Architectural Wonder of the Middle Ages winds it way through valleys and over mountains through a vast landscape. Getting to see and stand on this long and winding wall has been one of the highlights of my travel adventures through China.
Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 8,851.8 kilometers from east to west of China. I explored the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China located about 70 km northeast of central Beijing. This section of the Great Wall winds through woodland and streams, a magnificent view in the summer.
The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, and surprisingly enough it wasn’t as crowded as expected. This might have been due to the opressive mid-summer humidity. It felt like I was walking in the footsteps of the past as I slowly made my way along the winding wall. Far from the tourist crowds of the city I was able to get a great sense of the scale and the majesty of this remarkable piece of engineering without rushing through in a big group.