The Great Wall: Mutianyu


So we headed out this morning to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.  And if I could sum up today with one word, it would be AWESOME.  We met up with our guide Grace and the Howard family from Texas.  Caleb hit it off right away with their youngest son, Nate, who is 7 1/2 years old.  All four boys were pretty great, if you ask me.  So were Jenna and Mark, as the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  

We had a great time chatting on the drive out to Mutianyu.  This section of the Great Wall is known for having a cable car ride up and a toboggan slide going down.  It did not disappoint!  In fact, when we reached the bottom, Madeline asked if she could go again, as if it were a ride at Disney. lol  Sorry honey.  I wish it was that easy.  Having been to the Badaling section of the wall 5 years ago, we can easily say that this section was far better.  Not only was it not crowded (perhaps due to the longer drive from the city center), but there were far less vendors selling their stuff along the wall.  AND the toboggan was such a huge hit!  This is definitely the section of the Great Wall to see, if you're planning a future trip.  

Anyway, we also had the chance to stop by a cloisonne factory on the drive back to the hotel.  Patrick has been asking to "go back" ever since we went to one 5 1/2 years ago.  Needless to say, he enjoyed shopping.  lol We picked up a few small pieces for the kids before heading back.

Today's photos are pretty self explanatory, except at the very end.

 No, you're not seeing things.  I took this shot straight on. The steps really were that slanted.  And no, we didn't climb them. lol

In these last two shots at the cloisonne factory, you can see how the copper is applied to the pieces and the pigment is added.

4 sweet words:

Deb Friday, June 14, 2013  

What else can I say about these photos, but awesome!! It looks like you guys had a fantastic time. Wow, those are a lot of steps! lol

Hoots Momma Friday, June 14, 2013  

these images are beautiful and I can not wait to do this with our children in a few years!! We didn't get to experience the great wall while in China. Libbie is from Guangzhou so we flew directly there. I can not wait!! Thanks so much for sharing this sweet time with us!!!

Kate Friday, June 14, 2013  

I am SO enjoying coming along with you all to China! Your photos and writing make it all so vivid! What a treasure you will have for Havi one day. Praying for you all...can't wait to see you with that baby in your arms!!

Mary Gene Atwood Saturday, June 15, 2013  

Oh you got a much better part of the wall than I did! Great shots!


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This blog is a place where we have shared our lives with family and friends while we waited to bring our daughter, Madeline, home from China and while we actually traveled to China for her. It is also a place where we will continue to share our life experiences, as we try to glorify God and raise our two precious dumplings from China.

And now we wait to bring Havi home from China.

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