Today was a biggie. Rising at 7:00 am and off to breakfast to load up prior to our departure towards the Great Wall of China. After a two hour drive, we arrived at the Hexi Village near the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China.
The students visited families within the Hexi village homes where they were shown how to make vegetable dumplings. Each student had the opportunity to make a few dumplings. We were then presented with a great lunch that included the student made dumplings.
Our next stop was the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China. The students climbed and walked for over 3 hours, from the East Tower with Five Holes to Zhuanduo Pass. This meant climbing loads and loads of steep stairs. The sky was a beautiful clear blue and we could see the wall stretching for part of the 6,000 km plus length. We climbed back drown from the wall towards our BBQ dinner.
We then entered a local guest house and enjoyed the prepared BBQ dinner of hot dogs, corn, salad, sweet potato, satay and a little warmth and well deserved rest.
After dinner the kids bargained like professionals as they purchased gifts and souvenirs. The sun had gone, the full moon was out and we had a 2 plus hour drive back to the hotel in Beijing. We boarded the buses, happy for the seats and watched some movies along the way to make the time pass quickly.
The group met briefly and then went back to their rooms to rest and settle down for the night.
We have prepared a later start for tomorrow – receiving morning calls at 7:30am to start another day of adventure.