Tuesday, November 3, 2009

THE GREAT WALL . . .

We got up early on Saturday to take a trip to The Great Wall.  The view was breathtaking.  We got all of the kids a t-shirt that said I Climbed The Great Wall.  We had a tour guide for part of the trip.  We took a ski left up to the top.  From there, we got out and walk.  The worst part of the trip?  We lost Sarah's blankie somewhere up there.  I was really worried about how she would handle it, but she seems to be doing okay.  Every once in awhile she asks for it, but for the most part, she's okay with her Dora blankie.
Anyway, we went up the mountain, and then we walked the Great Wall.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous.  A little bit of history: 
The Great Wall of China is known as one of the Greatest Wonders of the World.  It stretches approximately 5500 miles from east to west China.  It was originally built for protection and actually consists of many different parts built during different time periods.  Some parts of it are over 2000 years old and some sections are in ruins or have disappeared.  The main part of The Great Wall that still exists now was built during the Ming Dynasty.  At it's highest point it is almost 1000 meters above sea level.
Here is a picture of the Wall.
Ryan and Jason on the ski lift on the way up the mountain.
Another picture.
This is the ride that Jason, Andrew and Ryan came down the mountain on.
Jason standing on part of the wall.
 
I usually try to be the one TAKING the picture.  Not sure how I didn't get away with it this time!
We found someone that offered to take a picture of all of us.  Of course then we had to buy some water from them!  But that's okay.  We needed it.

4 comments:

f8hasit said...

THAT looks fabulous! I hopefully will get the opportunity to see it before I die.

I'm now off to look at the rest of your wonderful photos and accounts of your trip! Wow!
I'm jealous!
:-)

Kathryn said...

Wow! Fantastic photos! What an amazing adventure you're giving to your children....

When they learn about the Great Wall in school, they'll be able to say they were THERE.

Awesome!

Amy said...

What an absolutely wonderful experience you have given your kids!

The pictures are breath taking!

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