Scenic Sunday #88: The Great Wall

The Great Wall at Badaling near Beijing. June, 1987.

This is my post for the Scenic Sunday meme, which shares beautiful scenes from around the world.  To see more Scenic Sunday posts, or to join and show your own pictures, click HERE.

Among the high points in my life have been my times teaching in China.  I taught in China on four different occasions.  I was over there for the first time in 1987 and first climbed the Great Wall in June of that year.

The picture above was taken at Badaling, the pass nearest Beijing with a gate in the wall.  You can see the gate in the center left of the picture (which can enlarged).  I climbed up to the third watch tower on one side of the pass, which is where I took the picture.  At that time there were many Chinese visiting the Wall, but very few foreigners.

Our guide said that anyone making it to that third tower would become a “Hero of the People’s Republic”.  I was the only member of our group that became a “Hero” that day.  My legs felt rubbery by the time I got back down, but the climb was definitely worth it.

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Today I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to visit some of the far corners of our world.

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11 Responses to “Scenic Sunday #88: The Great Wall”

  1. imac Says:

    Super capture George.
    The climb, is it steps inside the tower?

  2. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    Oh, what a lovely picture! Upon clicking, it is just so sharp and clear. And I love the colorful umbrella down below! Upon a first quick look, it almost looks like it was taken from a helicopter! You must be in excellent health! I guess it’s all the waterfall hiking!

  3. Cheryl Says:

    Good for you for making it to the tower!

  4. Becky Says:

    What a wonderful feat and just seeing that wall is so exciting!!!

  5. Rose Says:

    I bet you could have used a digital camera back then! Were there any restrictions on what you photographed?

  6. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: How wonderful, my son’s band played there three years ago on their trip to China.

  7. Carletta Says:

    I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have made ‘hero’ status. 🙂

  8. MaryBeth Says:

    Hail the Hero!!! That is a remarkable picture. My Mother went to China with a College Group about 10 years ago. she saw the wall and many other sites. She was 84 and those college kids took great care of her. MB

  9. Mary Says:

    Teaching in China must have been really interesting. I hope you kept a diary or at least are writing down the memories while you still know them. I would love to see the Great Wall. Such a wonder and so old.

  10. Kirigalpoththa Says:

    Exquisite scenery of the great wall!

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