“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.”
The Great Wall is a symbol of China, like the old city of Jerusalem for Israel or St Peter's Square for Rome.
I've kept my admiration of Mulan for years. People say it's a legend, but I believe she was a true girl. Therefore, The Great Wall was first on my list.
The Great Wall is 2,221 years old, lasts 21,196 km, and has 7,062 watch towers.
Here are 5 facts I learned about The Great Wall during my visit!
1. The sections of The Great Wall that most of us have seen in photographs are the more modern parts, built during the Ming Dynasty.
2. Some sections of The Great Wall were taken in the 1960s and 1970s during the Cultural Revolution, and used to build homes, farms, and reservoirs.
3. During May and October, up to 70,000 people can be seen visiting the Badaling section of the wall each day!
4. The most popular legend relating to The Great Wall is that of Meng Jiangnv, whose husband died building the Wall. Her weeping was so bitter that a section of the Wall collapsed, revealing her husband's bones so she could bury them.
5. In 1933, there was a battle in Gubeikou, Bejing that left bullet holes in part of the wall. That was the last battle to involve the Great Wall.
You can get up The Great Wall by walking (an hour and a half climb), by cable car, or by chair cable. I chose the cable chair for the breeze and wanted to save my energy to walk the wall for longer than the average person does. I hiked for 6 hours in total. The stories and legends, like that of Meng Jiangnv and the millions of others who died in the construction of the wall, wouldn't stop running through my mind.
But another surprise awaited me on the way back- tobogganing, the sport slide! It was so much fun! The power of inspiration from the wall and its stories surpassed my expectations entirely!