Today, I’m taking you to The Great Wall of China, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. If you are lucky enough to have been already, I congratulate you on your achievements – Since you are curious and probably well informed about China and its recent history, you may have heard of this famous quote: He who never climbed the Great Wall cannot be deemed a Man. The Chinese original is taken from Chairman Mao’s poem written in 1935, and here is a translation I saw just now from one of China’s top search engines Baidu: Great Wall is not a True Man! Being a professional translator myself, I have to admit that this has made my day !
When I began my preparation for this picture blog, I leafed through my numerous old albums, intending to find representative photos from my visits to this unparalleled historical monument. If my memory serves me correctly, I have been to the Great Wall three times in the past twenty five years. Interestingly, I could not find a single shot for my very first visit back in 1988, when I was in Beijing twice before flying out to the UK that summer. This very fact makes me question my sanity and accuracy of my memory, without visual aids - did I really climb the Great Wall before leaving China, or have I got early signs of Alzheimer’s already ?
However, I have located concrete proof of my second and third visits. Take a look at these two which were taken during my climb at Mutianyu in 1994, while touring Beijing after six long years away in the UK. I went with a couple of artist friends and had a wonderful time, sweating out in the summer heat while toning up those sexy leg muscles. It was far less crowded, and just as scenic as Badaling, they assured me. It was AWESOME!
During my most recent visit to the Great Wall in the Spring of 2005, then in the digital age, as well as with a former professional newspaper photographer as my travel companion, I have quite a collection of high quality pictures to show for my exersions. Without further ado, enjoy the pictures and come to Badaling with me. Please click the links provided for further information about this magnificent construction and its long and enduring history – Can you see the Great Wall from the Moon or is it simply a myth?