When my husband and I had a chance to go to China on a tour, and one that was very reasonable in cost, we couldn't afford NOT to go. But the absolute highlight of the trip was the Great Wall. I have seen many pictures of the Great Wall, and they are all breathtaking, but to actually be there and climb up the magnificent structure is totally unbelievable. The climb is not for the feint of heart, but we were very impressed with some of the elderly people on our tour, and the fact that they were able to climb as much of it as they did. The stairs are very steep in several places, and very uneven. You need good shoes and maybe someone to help you out if you have difficulty with climbing in high altitudes. Luckily for us, the morning rain had stopped and dried up before we got there, as the stairs and walkway would be very slick if wet.
Our only regret was that our tour bus got to the wall late in the day, and we only had about two hours of daylight left. We needed to make a decision on which direction to climb, and chose the shorter, less difficult path. But it was still beautiful and amazing. We took several pictures and I did not want our time to end there. I would love to return to China one day, just to climb more of the wall.
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