You heard right!
I don't even know where that idea came from.. I think Vicky mentioned it, and I was like... "camping?", on the Great wall? Yes! A lot of people do that actually! I got in touch with a guy from Couchsurfing who posted his plans on the Beijing Forum, and we ended up going together!
Chris, a 29 year old Canadian from Vancouver and Tomek, the polish friend I've been traveling with for the last two weeks! Initially we had two more girls, but they somehow didn't make it to the meeting point in the morning.
I left most of my baggage in the flat of my new hosts, Gemma and Nuria from Spain! Also I went to a outdoor store called Decathlon, and got myself a good camping mat that now is part of my baggage. I think I am going back there and get myself a one or two-person tent. They're very inexpensive, weight only two kilos and very handy sometimes :)
So well after we met in the metro, we took a bus to a small town outside of Beijing called Huairou. Getting outside the bus we got spammed by local taxi drivers offering us rides to the wall. We picked one and started to bargain the price.. Ending up with a deal for 100 CNY (12 euros) for one direction for a one hour taxi ride, we started our tour!
The driver didn't speak a single word English and seemed a little bit confused... Glad I had Vickies phone number who helped us out with the translation :) Also Chris had written down a few phrases like "Pick us up tomorrow", "Come back here in 24 hours" and stuff like that. Anyway, it worked out after all!
So we made our way up to the wall. I am guessing it were about 100-200 meters altitude we had to conquer. You know, it always looks more then it is, and even showing you pictures of the scenary will not really give you the right impression :) You have to come yourself! It took me a while - to be honest - untill I went to bed untill I realized what exactly I was doing :) Camping on the great wall. How crazy is that? How did I end up doing that? :D
We climbed for about three hours untill we arrived where we wanted to sleep. For once, because the wall is so steep, and also for the fact that it's not a rebuild part of the wall. A wild part if you want to call it like that. A lot of climbing was included, which is not always easy when you carry a 15 kilo heavy backpack. Arriving at the top, we started to unpack and prepare for the Sunset.
We split up to find some wood and make a fire inside one of the towers. I bought "Korean Sausages" and a bottle of Vodka which we all couldn't wait for to eat and drink :) To be honest, I really do appreciate German meat and sausage, there is nothing like it.
Enjoy the pictures!
I got a little sick over the last few days, my task today is to get some medicine and get better. We're going to Wuhan tonight. First class ticket, 11 hours - express train. That's the only thing we could get out of beijing during the national holidays.
Also, I am probably going to buy a tent. I want to camp more, be more flexible. I realized that Visiting Japan, against all my wishes is too expensive. I mean, I could risk it, but most likely it will drain me a lot of money. I could go to Taiwan or the Phillipines for a lot less money. And then go to China again because I have a Double entry Visa. I have to figure those things out!
You see, I am trying to stay flexible, not stick myself to a plan that cannot work out in the end. Everything changes.