Advice for anyone taking a bus to the Great Wall of China: BE CAREFUL WHICH BUS LINE YOU WAIT ON.
When my friends and I arrived at the designated departure area for the buses that travel to the Great Wall, we saw two really long lines. Unsure of the difference, we walked to the end of the shorter one and waited. Although our line was a bit shorter than the other, the other line seemed to move more than ours…
It got to a point where we were so fed up with not moving that half of our group left to switch lines. Except, as soon as they began to walk away, our line started quickly filling buses even faster than the other line was! Our group came running back.
LOL BIG MISTAKE. One was a standing line and the other was a sitting line. Guess which one we were on! Yep. We stood for TWO HOURS on a crowded bus as we made our way to the Great Wall of China.
By the time we got there, my legs already hurt. I wasn’t sure if I could handle climbing the Great Wall of China anymore…. hahaha.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Great Wall. I think I expected a lot of steps. There were a lot of steps but there was also a lot of steep ramps. There was one where I actually had to stop, turn around, run down, and then run back up because I didn’t have enough momentum to get to the top.
To keep hydrated, I brought a big bottle of Nongfu water with me (my favorite) and ate a lot of these cheap Chinese popsicles that are sold everywhere. I’m not sure how to describe the flavor of them. They look like they’d be vanilla except I don’t think they were.
When I finally got to the top of the Great Wall, I tapped the wall and began my venture back down to the bottom. It was pretty surreal to be there. I kept thinking to myself, “This is it! I just walked the GREAT WALL OF CHINA.” Who knows when/if I’ll ever get to do this again. I’ll carry these memories with me forever.