Posted by: danielfee | May 10, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 05-10-2012

The Great Wall – Beijing, China

 I am back from my 17 day trip to China to obtain more photos for the Travel Photo of the Day. So of course, todays photo must be of The Great Wall. The weather did not cooperate the first day of the trip. It rained all day as we visited Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. But we received the benefits the next day when we visited the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall located just 59 miles northeast of Beijing. The sun was out and the sky was a beautiful blue since the rain washed all the smog out of the sky. The wall is over 4,000 miles long, although it is not one continuous wall, but rather many segments from the sea in the east to the Gobi desert in the west. Mutianyu is a fragment of the wall that was rescued from oblivion and restored in an effort to divert some of the crowds away from Badaling section, which is the section closest to Beijing and the most visited. If it had not been for all the kids (all those blue dots on the top of the wall) that were there on a field trip, the crowd would have been really small. Even with the kids, the size of the crowed was much smaller than I expected and made our visit to the Great Wall fantastic.



  1. Wow I can’t wait to hear more about your trip! How lucky to see the wall like this! My photos from China, all 900, are so smoggy that it is a pity.

    • It will take me a while to sort through the thousands of photos we took. We were very lucky with the weather, after the rain on the first day. We also had a sunny sky and little smog or fog on our river cruise through the Three Gorges (todays photo). The entire trip was great and you can expect many more photos to come.
      I saw your post about your grandfather. It was very nice. I was sorry to hear of his passing and thought to myself that we should all be so lucky to get 96 good years out of this life. We may not make it that far which is why we should live each day to the fullest.

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