This reflects the remainder of my trip through China. China denies any access to both facebook and wordpress, so I couldn’t update the blog.
When I lived in China before, I’d climbed the Great Wall at Badaling (the main tourist drag) and Simatai (the more undeveloped, unrestored section of the three main tourist drags). I’d wanted to return to Simatai with XXXtine, Sabsy, and D-Mug, but apparently they’d closed it for “renovation” and there was absolutely no access. So, in the end, we decided to go to another section–also closed–called Huang Hua, or “Yellow Flowers.”
It was spectacularly beautiful. Because the section is closed, there were few tourists. (Though to get into the wall we did have to climb a rickety ladder.) There’s a lake on one side and endless trees on the other. I also had a great time getting to know our cab driver on the drive up. Unfortunately, the steepness of the wall kept Sabsy and XXXtine from going on, but D-Mug and I braved the crazy angles and occasionally super-totally-landslided sections to make it to the bottom. It was terrifying and exhilirating at the same time.
And then we met the troll at the bottom, I cried, and we eventually made it back to Sabsy and XXXtine. If you want to go to Huang Hua, bring an extra 20 yuan per person for the troll at the bottom. Either that or make sure you speak some Chinese, bargain, and then pay less. (Maybe 5-10 yuan). Because if you don’t pay, you’ll have to turn around and somehow climb right back up the disaster of a pathway you just tip-toed your way down.