The first day in Beijing was a hard hitter!
We stayed at the Red Wall Garden Hotel; this villa like living space is deep in the local community of Beijing. It was built in resemblance to a hutong, a street or alley way in which the local Chinese people would reside as well as sell goods; a community that all works together.
The drive to central Beijing to Mutianyu took about 1 1/2 hours. We got to see the green countryside along the way. Since the Wall was so high up on the mountain, they had a ski lift that would carry you to the wall, which I highly recommend rather than walking up there yourself. You would expend all your energy walking to the wall, that there would be little left to actually walk on it. Whats better was the toboggan ride down: a huge slide you can take on a sled all the way down the mountain. For a round trip ticket, it cost about 100RMB, which is about $16.
No words to explain how amazing the wall is. We climbed for about an hour or so before we decided to head back. I definitely underestimated the rigor, and I think a developed a new fear of heights. A solid workout to say the least.
My dad got ripped of for some local dried fruits, and then we headed back to the city! We stopped by the great Olympic Park. I think its corny to say that you can just feel the sense of awe in the nest; You just stare and think about the all world class athletes making history in this place. Architecturally it is a phenomenon. The bubbly aquatic center was transformed into a water park, swim club, and theater.
More to come!