The Great Climb at The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China in part to protect the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces. 

"You will never be a true man before you arrive at the Great Wall". -Chinese saying

I learned that there are several sections of Great Wall available for visit in Beijing.

My big brother and I were so excited to see the Great Wall. The tour guide said that we'll go the Badaling section which revels in great popularity.  

with my kuya Gary

Once we reached the main entrance, we prepared ourselves to climb the wall. Before the great climb, my big bro had his picture taken by the official photographer of the Bedaling site wherein the photo will be added and featured in a coffee table book with the history of the Great Wall. 



I don’t have that kind of photo. The stingy in me surfaced and I didn’t wanna spend my money for that. (*regrets*sigh*) 

When we started climbing we knew that it was gonna be a difficult one. My big bro already warned me that he will only take a few photos and will try to reach halfway the steep staircase leading the top. He will be satisfied by merely seeing the Great Wall, climbing a few steps and taking some snapshots. I, on the other hand was prepared and convinced that I climaltheway up and finish it despite the biting cold. After about an hour, my big bro stopped and headed down. He will just meet me at the coffee shop near the main entrance  when I’m done with the Great Climb. 

I continued to walk up and took a step one at a time. The whole journey was really quite exhausting. Several tourists on my way up slowly went down and gave up.  I was tempted to follow them but I saw others who were determined to reach the top and I followed them instead. After about an hour or two, I finally made it. I felt proud and accomplished. 

GARY, my big bro

I DID IT. I climbed the Great Wall. I was surprised to see a convenience/souvenir store and I immediately bought a bottled water. Then I saw a medal. 

I noticed the store with caption "the issue center of heroes certificate". I asked about it and learned that people who climbed and made it all the way to the top can be issued a certificate which proves that they did it. they survived. I definitely availed of that. 

I made it. I did it. I survived. 
Another item ticked off from my bucket list.