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A Snow Day On The Great Wall of China

Best time to visit The Great Wall of China? Go in December to avoid the heat and the crowds. You’ll have the wall ALL to yourself.

 

Credit: Jabari Bell

Credit: Jabari Bell

I conquered 7,200 steps to the top of Taishan and trekked 4 hours around the West Lake in Hangzhou. Climbing The Great Wall? Sure, no problem! Except I forgot to factor in the high altitude and nearly freezing temperature. I huffed and puffed all the way up. Either my cardio was really bad or my cardio was…just…really bad.

The Great Wall is segmented into sections based on the difficulty of the route. I chose to climb Badaling, one of the less strenuous routes. Unfortunately, I still found myself lagging behind.

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Memories of Beijing

I’d bear the toxic air in Beijing for more memories like these. Next time, I’ll know to stock up on air-pollution masks.

 

Credit: Jabari Bell

Credit: Jabari Bell

There are a million and one posts about Beijing. They all talk about the The Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven, The Great Wall, Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square, but what I remember most are not the attractions but my experiences.

Sprite in New York tastes ordinary. Sprite in Beijing? It tastes like magic. That bubbly sweetness makes my taste buds dance. And no matter how mind-numbingly cold it is outside, the Peking Duck always melts in your mouth.

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7,200 Steps To The Top of Taishan

Taishan was probably the first real mountain I’ve ever climbed. Next time, I’ll make sure I budget enough time to get back down before dark.

 

Legend says that if climb #Taishan, you live up to 100 years old! #China #Travel

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Taishan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the first mountain I ever climbed. The sky darkened and I was no where near the top. The faster I climbed, the more clothes I peeled off. I eventually made it to the top with my legs on fire to catch the last few glimpses of light. Looking down from the highest peak of the mountain, I thought to myself, “So this is what tall feels like.”

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