As Dr. Chen was worried about the weather, it turned out to be a cloudy but no rain day on July 27th. This was just a good day to visit the Great Wall, as the group has planned.
It took about an hour for the bus to arrive at the Badaling section of the Great Wall, in suburban Beijing.
The Great Wall of China is also called “Thousand-Mile-Long Great Wall”, one of the seven wonders on the world. The Great Wall is a series of fortifications built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China in part to protect the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces. Several walls were being built as early as 2,000 years ago during the Warring States period, later joined together and made bigger, stronger, and unified are now collectively referred to as the Great Wall. Especially famous is the wall built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Little of that wall remains. Since then, the Great Wall has on and off been rebuilt, maintained, enhanced; the majority of the existing wall was reconstructed during the Ming Dynasty. The Great Wall stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Lake in the west, mainly built during Ming Dynasty. The existing Ming Walls measure 8,850 km (5,500 mi). Another archaeological survey found that the entire wall with all of its branches measure out to be 21,196 km (13,171 mi). (Excerpt from Wikipedia)
Badaling is the site of the most visited section of the Great Wall. The portion of the wall running through the site was built in 1505 during the Ming Dynasty, along with a military outpost reflecting the location’s strategic importance. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)
The group got off the Great Wall after 1:00 in the afternoon. After lunch, they visited Home of Dr. Tea, watched a traditional tea ceremony and tasted a variety of Chinese teas. In the evening, the group stopped by the famous Silk Street Market in central Beijing for shopping. The large selections of goods and inexpensive prices just concluded another wonderful day of the NSLI-Y group’s China experience.