The Best Vacation: my trip to China
As we approached the wall on our first day of hiking, I realized that it was actually much larger than I had ever anticipated. It snakes over rough terrain traversing mountains at incredibly steep inclines. I had always envisioned the path at the top of the wall to be a smooth walking surface. But, to my surprise, it actually consists of enormous steps that climb the precipitous mountains. The steps appear to have been constructed for giants, and it is extremely difficult to navigate them. As I reached the top of a section of wall, I had to stop and appreciate the spectacular view.
When I turned to descend the way I had come, I was overcome with feelings of vertigo. What had appeared a sharp incline on the way up seemed a 90-degree drop on the way down. My initial instinct was to climb down backwards in order to placate my fears. But, I did not want to seem foolish, so I simply sat down every few steps and took in the magnificent scenery. The soldiers that had to scale those menacing steps day after day to man the watchtowers must have been a fearsome crew.
After visiting the Great Wall of China, the architectural wonders remain a mystery to me. Somehow, the engineering feats of the twentieth century pale in comparison to the ancient construction of the Great Wall of China. Though I knew the Great Wall would be a huge structure, I never imagined that it would be so wide.