Great Wall of China

Portal to the Great Wall of ChinaIt has always been a goal of mine to one day see and hike upon the Great Wall of China. I expected to be impressed but, upon actually seeing it my mind boggled. It was truly humbling to see this icon of human ingenuity and ambition stretched out before me. The sections of this crazy ribbon of stone stretch over 5,500 miles from the Gobi Desert to the Yellow Sea, always seeking the high ground even in North Korea and Mongolia. Along the route I trekked, between Jinshanling and Simatai, there are a few welcoming level spots but the majority of the way felt like I was climbing ladders of stone, some as steep as sixty degrees.

This section of wall was constructed during the Ming Dynasty beginning about 1570 CE. The area near Jinshanling has been recently restored and becomes more vintage approaching Simatai. Other parts of the wall were constructed beginning in 206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang but little of that wall remains. Although I covered only about 6 kilometers in the 3 ½ hours I was on the wall I finished with blistered toes, sore legs and a great big smile because I am living my retirement as an adventure!

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn’t intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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