We climbed, possibly at times crawled, the Great Wall. It is steep, uneven, and slick! As one of our fellow participants aptly summed up, “Climbing up the wall was an adventure, getting down was an accomplishment.”
Some parts of the Great Wall do flatten out, however, we were not in those sections. Our major obstacle in climbing and descending the wall was how incredibly uneven the steps were – sometimes you would step up one brick, sometimes three or four. Thousands of footsteps later, the stones are also slippery and indented, and necessitate that you grip the railing provided.
Despite the obvious need for caution, we saw one woman march right up the center holding a newborn baby! You’d think if you are only allowed to have one child, you would be a tad bit more careful. Yet, some warnings could be found, even if not addressing children in particular:
…isn’t that the point?
Ultimately, we made it to the top, and looked down and groaned at what proved to be a very slow and methodical descent.