Lens-Artists Challenge #100 – The Long and Winding Road

“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.

The Great Wall of China
Im standing on the Great Wall of 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 Great Wall of China
Having loads of fun walking along the winding Great Wall of China

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.

The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China
Walking along the Great Wall!!
Walking along the Great Wall!!


  1. One of the highlights of my life Janaline. I’d always wanted to see it and was afraid I’d built it up so much in my mind that it couldn’t possibly meet my expectations. Au contraire, it exceeded them by a long shot! I wish everyone in the world would have a chance it experience it. Thanks for joining us this week!

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    • Thank you Tina! Been a bit quiet on the blogging sphere lately but I am back and look forward to joining this challenge weekely!! I agree, some places disappoint after all the buildup of expectations but The Wall was amazing and is a must see! I am busy convincing my Father to come and visit and explore the wall….hopefully next year!


  2. Excellent, excellent. Definitely one of the longest winding roads there is. I’m surprised more people haven’t posted it. Perhaps, like me, they just haven’t been there. Superb.

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