After getting a long awaited shower and getting ready for bed at the Leo Hostel, two Japanese guys offered to go with me to the Badaling portion of the Great Wall of China by train. Korkie was on his way to study Russian for a year in Kagizistan, and Titsui was headed to Thailand to get further training as a massage therapist. We sealed the travel arrangement for the 14th by taking a shot of Chinese rice whiskey-----memories of Russian vodka on train and Mongolian vodka in our ger on the steppes of Mongolia.
Although we got there in time for the 8 AM train, all tickets had been sold for the next four trains until 1:14 PM and we could not buy them until 11AM. This was going to be a long wait. I told them that I would look for a place to buy my final leg of my China travel from Nanning to Hanoi, an international ticket that the Beijing Train Station did not sell---they only sold domestic tickets. I returned to see there were massive crowds since this was a weekend day, but the guys were in the front of the line so they got my ticket for me.
Titsu is jumping for joy on the Great Wall.
Here is where it really gets steep!
Another spectacular view from the top with the Great Wall extending beyond our view.
Continuing on down, you can now see the bottom courtyard where the Chinese flag is just a red speck in the center of the picture.
Just a starter of tomatoes and eggs on bread with broccoli beef to follow. Too hungry to photo that course.