Thursday, February 23, 2017

2017 Grand World Voyage, Day 149, Beijing, People's Republic of China (Part 2 of 2)

Well, what can I say...snow, dense fog, road closures and heavy traffic caused a three hour delay in starting our overland journey to The Great Wall and Beijing. We made the best of the situation, adjusted our planned itinerary and our group, Ann, Cathy, Carole, Ellie, Gerald, Ian, Pamela and I were off to explore China.  After leaving the cruise terminal it took 3.5 hours to reach the Great Wall and luck have it, the fog cleared and we experienced partly blue skies at the Wall.  The Mutianyu is one of the best-preserved and well known Great Wall sections.  Some of the watchtowers are seldom seen along other sections and quite rare in the architectural history of the Great Wall.  I have been to this part of the wall at other times of the year and the surrounding natural scenery is breath-taking....the wall and the surrounding mountains were partially covered by snow, making it quite majestic.  We made our way to Beijing, had a great Chinese dinner, checked into the hotel and walked to the Forbidden City for some night photos.  Despite our late start and frigid temperatures, we had a very enjoyable day with some very good friends.  This is a two part blog, this is part two.




1 comment:

  1. Fantastic photos, Jeff. Thanks for taking some shots of the people in your group. This certainly gives an idea of how cold it is! The view is outstanding in the winter with the snow, so this is a special post for those who have been to the Great Wall only in the warmer seasons. Enjoy your second day!

    Patricia B