This week we got a fun surprise: we were told that we would have classes on Saturday and Sunday as well – as a compensation for next weeks National Holiday. Too bad we couldn’t make any big trips this weekend, but luckily we made a spectacular trip last Sunday: we climbed the Great Wall of China on one of the parts that hasn’t been reconstructed yet: Jiankou 箭扣.
We first had to take the subway for half an hour, take a bus for an hour and then had to negotiate a price for a hour-long ride with a minibus for seven people. The bumpy ride in this crappy vehicle was quite dangerous, but we made it up the mountains and once we were there we were able to laugh about all the accidents our driver almost got us into. When the car couldn’t go up anymore we had to make a 40 minute intense walk on steep hills, but once we were on the wall it was all worth it, cause the view was incredible. After we had recovered from this work-out session we saw that this part of the Wall really was in disrepair: some parts didn’t have decent steps anymore and other parts had steps which were only 15 cm wide but 40 cm high, so we had to use our hands a lot to make sure we wouldn’t fall down. Apparently we only did the easy part of this section, so I’m really really curious to see the rest.