The Great Wall Of China



Once you heard we were going to visit China you knew there’d be a Great Wall photo (or twenty). Let’s just get this over and done with, shall we?

We opted to take a tour all the way out to Simatai – a three hour drive from Beijing – to hike the Great Wall. It was a 10k hike along a less-touristed part of the Wall (the drive being pretty de-motivating for most people) and I thought it was spectacular. It was everything I imagined the Great Wall would be: a crenellated medieval wall in a remote, mountainous part of China. Murph wasn’t so sure that it was worth the effort – it’s just as well that I do most of our planning.


That small black spot near the front of the picture is BigB, marching off into the distance. Pretty cool photo, eh?


This is a gratuitous “in case you were jealous” photo. The hike was only 10k but it was pretty strenuous with some fairly steep sections and a lot of crumbling brick – but it was still worth it.

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". . .life is short and the world is wide" - Simon Raven I'm not sure I've ever consciously planned a trip based on this sentiment, but it definitely influences my subconscious! I've been traveling as frequently and widely as possible since I finished school. And I love it. I love the research, the planning, the fervent packing and the curiosity of exploring somewhere I've never been before. My husband & I are both Irish - as in born-in-Ireland. But we live in Seattle. We have two boys: wild, boisterous, regular boys. So, since becoming a Mom, I've been a WanderMom. Given our slightly-unusual family situation, routine "visits-to-Grandma" are international trips requiring passports, 10hr-flights and (oh joy!) airport transfers. I have rants, raves and opinions about how, where & why to travel with kids (start them as young as you can, I say!). I hope to learn even more by researching topics which other wandermoms may be interested in reading about on this blog. Passports, pacifiers, diapers and gameboys at the ready - off we go! Contact Info: Email Michelle: michelle (at) murphnduff (dot) org

2 thoughts on “The Great Wall Of China

  1. walkingontravels

    So glad you guys made it to the Great Wall and did a nice long trek! I am still sad we weren’t able to spend more time there. Those little legs limited which part of the wall we could do. I am definitely going back when Dek is older though and doing a longer trek across one of the older sections. The photos are gorgeous too! You definitely went to a cooler part than we did.

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