To be alone on the Great Wall...
19/4/13 - 19/4/13
What started out as an idea, a 'wouldn't it be great if..', turned into an intricate plan where numerous things could go wrong.
The objective: to get a photo, by myself, on the Great Wall of China.
Achievable? Some may be sceptical, some might give a down right 'No way'.. But we said yes.
Now how were we going to achieve this?
We decided to leave at 5.30 am. That way we should beat the morning rush.
Next. The section of the wall. Most tourists go to the section that is closest to Beijing. But massive amounts of tourists limits my chances of a photo alone. This seems like a no go. However, not to fear, there is a section not to far from Beijing (about 3 hours) that we could get to, and by public transport too, or so we thought..
Turns out, the metro and the bus will only take you so far. We are told by a Chinese man, 'This is your stop, your stop for Wall'.
Okay, we thought, we better get off.
Once off the bus, we look around, no Wall in sight, not even a sign to the wall to be seen. And there goes the bus.
We look at each other, then at the man, and then back at each other.
He says 'I will take you to the wall. I will drive you there, and wait for you, and drive you back.'
Straight away we go 'oo this is sus' and look for some taxis, to which the man kindly informs us is impossible because we are in the middle of no where.
It looks as if my objective is slowly slipping through my fingers.
The only option. To get in a car with a strange man who promises to drive us to the wall. Risky. I know, but I wouldn't be telling this story if it didn't have a happy ending, so please, be patient.
However, upon getting in the car with this man we realised he wasn't dangerous when all he wanted to talk to us about was how pretty the flowers were and where we should go to get our tickets for the great wall. Once again my mission is achievable. By this time we're getting close to 8 am. We must hurry to beat the people.
You have two options once arriving: to climb the stairs to the wall, or, take the chairlift, the latter being the much faster option and therefore the one we go for.Now you would never believe what happened next. In China, in summer, on the way to the Great Wall it begins to snow. Yes, snow, you did read that right.
No matter, freezing or not. We will get this photo. And low and behold, we arrive on the Great Wall, and... there are other people there before us. BUT. Only 4 others, so it's easy to get them out of our photos.
Photo on the Great Wall of China with no one else in it.. Mission Complete.