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Old Cannons, Great Wall

It is things like the Great Wall of China that make me want to travel to the country and spend every day for a month or two making photographs of the ancient fortification. Sunrise, sunset, snow, rain, clear skies, etc.: shoot it all.

The Great Wall has stood the test of time, even with the hordes of tourists visiting on a regular basis, it is still an amazingly powerful place to stand and look around.

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Great Wall of China Drifts Into the Sky

It was truly an enjoyable experience to wander around the Great Wall of China so early in the morning by ourselves.

For the first 15 or 20 minutes Alisha and I explored the wall, having the time of our lives experiencing a bit of history first-hand.  Shorty after that 20-minute window passed, a few more people started to gather on the wall. Then a few more.

Suddenly the Great Wall of China seemed packed with tourists.

Everywhere we turned there were people walking by with their radios blaring, tour groups shouting amongst themselves and children screaming as they ran by.  It became a bit of a headache, but we still were able to force ourselves to enjoy the moment.

We really ended up cherishing our earlier time alone on the famed wall.

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Great Wall of China

We arrived at the Great Wall of China pretty much as soon as it was available to tourists.  It was nice because Alisha and I were the only two people around for quite some time.  Sure, there were others, but everyone kind of spread out and did their own thing, leaving a vast distance in between us and the next people.

In addition to being quiet the first part of the morning, the sky was clear and there was decent visibility.  We could see the Great Wall snake off into the distance.  Much like the crowds and tour busses slowly growing throughout the morning, so did the weather.  Eventually, as we were preparing to leave, both the crowds were deplorable and the weather had turned foul; visibility was far more limited than earlier.

By the time we took the trail down to meet our driver, it had started to rain.  After warming up with some tea, we headed to the car and it turned to a solid downpour.

It was nice that we could get some quiet time on the Great Wall of China, before the crowds swarmed, and it was an added bonus to get the weather to cooperate as well.

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The Great Wall

The place on the Great Wall of China that was recommended by a friend was unexpectedly closed for repairs by the Chinese government (even though it had been several months and no work had been done). My wife and I decided to hit Mutianyu instead and asked the place we were staying what they recommended. “The earlier, the better,” was their suggestion. So, at 7AM a car picked us up and whisked us for the two-hour journey to the Great Wall of China.

It. Was. Awesome.

We were extremely fortunate to have the ancient fortress to ourselves for quite some time. Alisha and I took turns running up and down the wall taking pictures of each other. We called our mothers. We just sat and enjoyed the beauty.

Eventually the tour buses showed up and droves of people started to join us on the wall. No longer was it our quiet, historical place. However, being on the Great Wall of China by ourselves, or with any number of people, we found it to be incredibly awesome of a place.

It’s a true testament to those who have come before you if they can build a massive wall that stands the test of time, and still emotionally moves visitors, even with busloads of people marching up and down the wall with their radios blasting.

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