Huffing and puffing to the top of the Great Wall
One of the perks of the NSF EAPSI grant is that the program hosts took us on a trip to the Badaling segment of the Great Wall. When I looked up (Figure 1), I knew we were headed for a steep, sweaty climb. And I really realized it when I started sweating after the first full flight of gigantic steps.
Halfway up, Graham found a gated home (Figure 2) where someone lived. That person (or people) must be pretty fit if they keep climbing up and down the Great Wall.
Then Fenyang rapped while some of the other guys beat-boxed (Figure 3). It was pretty epic.
There are also some interesting sign translations (Figure 4).
People also get pretty creative looking higher up on the Wall (Figure 5).
The view from up top is BREATHTAKING (Figure 6)!
… so are the bricks at the top (Figure 7).
Being American may have slowed our ascent at certain points, but important thing is that after countless photos, steps and breaths of fresh (?) air, we conquered the Great Wall (Figure 8)!!! Well, a part of it anyways…
- Go in the morning. There are “fewer” people.
- Wear gym shoes, hiking boots, or not sandals.
- Bring water.