2013年10月04日

Great Wall at Mutianyu 慕田峪

One day in September, I joined a one-day tour of Mutianyu Great Wall, located north-east of Beijing. On the way to the destination, the tour guide, a cheerful man around forty and fluent in English, showed us to the Olympic Stadium Park and a big jewelry production factory.
The minibus arrived at the gate of the Great Wall about three hours after leaving the city centers. The visitors I saw at the destination were much fewer than I had expected. We were lucky. "In a few days", the tour guide said, "the tourist site here will be flooded with millions of people for holidays of the National Foundation Day, so today will be the last day you can enjoy sightseeing as you like".
The Wall was showing a grand collaboration of structures and nature. The endless long-wall fortresses and the surrounding steep mountains and deep valleys, all together, looked as if creating a different world that was so unreal. I stayed there as long as time allowed trying to keep such amazing views in mind.
On the way back to downtown, we stopped by a locally known teahouse "Dr. Tea" to experience a simple tea ceremony, where a young lady, explaining how to make tea in English politely, served different types of Chinese tea inviting us to buy tea products in their shop.

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Teahouse "Dr. Tea"

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Precious stones on sale at the jewelry production factory
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