After over a month in China, I finally arrived at The Great Wall. Since the day I arrived, I highly anticipated this day. It certainly did not disappoint.

One of the first things that comes to mind when I thought about China in the US was The Great Wall. I never imagined I would see it in real life. I hoped one day I would, but I never thought that day would come so soon.

It took about an hour to drive to the wall. We decided to go extremely early in the morning and were climbing the wall at 8 am. Originally, I was not l=ooking forward to waking up so early. However, seeing the wall earlier in the morning was a lot less crowded and more peaceful.

Something I didn’t understand about “climbing” the Great Wall was that you LITERALLY climb it. Hundreds of uneven steps. This climb is not for the weak. I was running on ZERO hours of sleep and it was rough. The view from the top is SO worth it though. It was a very peaceful and spiritual experience to stand on the great wall, something ancient and very important to the history of our world.

The climb was made a lot easier by the many stops we made to take pictures with Chinese. I started to call them our “fan club” by the end of the day. I couldn’t help but laugh / feel famous when I had a line of people waiting to get a picture next to me.

Overall, The Great Wall was beautiful and something I will remember for the rest of my life.