In the distance thunder rumbled ominously. At first this didn’t dissuade me from attempting to follow the ancient walls some more. But the thunder was persistent and as I looked back it was clear a storm was on it’s way. Abandoning my plan I hurried though an old gate back into the old city. As
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Wanting a crowd-free Great Wall experience I travelled three hours north of Beijing to a section of the Great Wall called Jinshanling. With hardly any tourists it didn’t disappoint. Perhaps the 6km walk along the wall as it rose up and down the steep ridges and the fact it was over 30 degrees also deterred them!
I fell in love with the hutongs of Beijing immediately. Enchanting narrow streets and laneways that twist and turn to create a thoroughly confusing maze. Full of character and often where people simply live and kids play on the streets. While others are bustling with everyday shops, stalls and workshops and then a handful have
Finally my adventure has begun, and while the Silk Road didn’t extend to Shanghai I wanted to see it’s bright lights and towering skyscrapers given they seem to be the perfect icons for the rise of China. Shanghai really is a thoroughly modern, international city which embraces the future and I spent my whole time