Great Wall of China.
Busking on an early summer's sunshine at around 25 degrees Celsius, and an exciting taxi ride away; (almost as exciting as in Dubai ... but less than Shenzhen); took only an hour and a half to get to the Great Wall at Badaling. A massive sign to the right of the picture reveals a proud welcome to visitors to the city that will host the Olympics in August 2008.
Apart from the few (rare....normally it's jammed packed!) tourists, I was alone with the wall, and its ancient legacy that's rich with local ambiance. That stretch of long rock that stretches over the mountainous peaks in the distance can render you humble and insignificant, is breathtaking. It's magical...there is no other way to describe it. Go there, do it, and be ready to say 'been there, done that!'
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