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Forbidden City and The Great Wall

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Hi everyone! its Rob this time so no text speak haha! Well the past couple of days have been interesting!! on monday we managed to sleep quite well and had a bit of a lie in and in the afternoon we headed over to the forbidden City...its MASSIVE!!! we had no where near enough time to see everything in there (its about 4 square km) but what we got round was pretty amazing. heres a link that will tell you more if you have never heard of it... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbidden_City just click it (NO VIRUSES grandad!! haha) unfortunately since the weekend everyone in Beijing has gone back to work so the smog has decended once again!! its unbelievable and its not that great for our photos :( nevermind! the photos we did take here are probably not even 0.1% of the buildings in the whole complex! however they are pretty samey which would be the downside of it. 100_0089.jpg 100_0093.jpg there are these huge golden statues all over the place and huge cauldrens that were filled with water incase of a fire...since everything is wooden!! 100_0096.jpg. That evening we ate in the hostel which was really good, cheap chinese food and booked our trip for the great wall starting at 6am tuesday morning! Sods law ruled and we got NO sleep!!!! well i think we eventually dropped off around 3.30am just in time for the 5am alarm!! grrrrr. not the best preparation for a 10km trek! 100_0115.jpg
BUT even with no sleep and no food in jo's case (and yes she did learn the moral from the story) the great wall was every bit as spectacular as we thought it would be!100_0118.jpg100_0120.jpg however the walk was no where near as easy as we thought haha!! we learnt afterwards that even though the section we went to was the most scenic it was also the steepest!! 100_0124.jpg so there was at least 6 of these really steep sections for us to walk up coupled with the crumbling terrain and equally as steep decents the other side it made for tough going!! Even for someone like me ;o) hahaha. The section we did was no where near as touristy as the section closer to beijing...we travelled 3hrs out of beijing to get there! this meant it hadnt been rebuilt in the last 400 years so some of it was almost in ruins! but it also meant we were'nt over run by loud americans or over run by chinese souvineer sellers (some did follow us for 3 miles though only to get a big NO haha ah well they shud have asked at the start ey?!) so the legs are aching today but thankfully we got LOADS of sleep!
Today we are having a chillaxing day in and around the hostel...we packed up this morning but paid a little extra so we could keep the room until we leave for the overnight train this evening which was handy!! I also just got an email from the hostel in Xi'an offering us a free pickup from the trainstation in the morning which was totally unexpected but from wot iv heard about these noisey trains could be a bit of a godsend!! im sure we'll have loads to tell you about the train and Xi'an in the coming entrys!!

Love to you all..... Rob and Jo xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Posted by rob_harvs 01:40 Archived in China Tagged tourist_sites

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