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The day was as perfect as it gets for visiting the wall. The temperature was 0 degrees Celsius with fresh snow from the previous days. The air was cool but clear, a rarity these days in this booming economy of China. The cold weather coerced me to buy a fur cap as can be seen, but the weather also kept away many tourist to allow for more intimate pictures of the wall.
Going to the wall has put another checkmark in my bucket list but it has also left me longing to understand more about this magnificent beauty. What is over the next crest of the mountain top? Is it even more magnificent than what is observed. This mammoth assembly of granite, dirt and sweat extends for 5500 miles, but I am told that much of the wall is in disrepair. Vandals throughout the years have torn apart sections of the wall to build their homes and roads for the communities. Wind and rain have eroded sections of the wall where it was made from mud and sand, especially in the Gobi desert. Gansu Providence may no longer have a wall in the next 20 years due to the wind errosion, since it was made primarily of mud. The lookout towers are all but gone and the wall has been reduced from 5 meters to 2 meters in height. Yet again the Great Wall has stood the test of time, in most areas, surviving generations upon generations of dynasties. I am humbled by its presence.
As Tom tries to keep us on schedule to visit the Ming Dynasty Tombs, I have a hard time leaving this great creation, but one thing is for sure, it will not be the last time I visit this fabulous wall. For it has many stories to tell with each one of its bricks.