Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Stymied!

If you want proof as to how hard it can be to find the "real" Great Wall, then look no further than these pictures.

We set out one day from Sancha village to stand on a section of the wall that predates the archetypal Ming Dynasty version, with its ramparts and guard towers. Depending on who you are speaking with, there is a section of the wall that dates back one thousand, perhaps two thousand years. This section is nothing more than a twenty-foot high pile of rocks. No bricks or mortar, or anything like that (once again turning our notion of the Great Wall on its head).

Our path that day started by leaving through the back door of the home of the family we were staying with, and then on to some trails that are ordinarily used for farming purposes. At this time of the year, as we quickly discovered, the trails can be rather overgrown and covered by encroaching plants (can you find Z in that one picture that Julie snapped from a few feet behind?).

In fact, things we so overgrown that we eventually decided that, with no machetes to use to hack through the brush, our best option was to turn back.

We know the Great Wall is out there...

~Steve

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