Camping on one of the Seven Wonders of the World? Yes, please! I can’t even remember the last time I went camping (I think it was in my garden, but that doesn’t really count) and now my next camping adventure was going to be on the freaking Great Wall of China?! On Halloween?! Sounds pretty awesome, right? Actually, it was right next to it, sleeping on the Wall would be a very uncomfortable and painful experience.
Unfortunately, the guide of the traveling agency we traveled with had rather poor organizational skills. It started when we had only just arrived in Beijing where we had to meet up with the other travelers and our guide. North exit, south exit, inside, outside, upstairs, downstairs, I think we’re able to draw a perfect map of Beijing South Station by now! That was not the worst thing that happened. The highlight of this trip, the crème de la crème, the reason why we traveled all the way from Shanghai to Beijing: seeing the golden sunset over de Great Wall. We missed it.
Great Wall of China Sunset
Our group arrived at the foot of the mountain at around 5 pm and the sun was about to go down at 5:15 pm. Once arrived, we then had to hike for approximately 45 minutes to reach our camping spot next to the Wall. We did see the sunset though, but instead of seeing the sun go down behind the magnificent mountains that surround the Great Wall, we saw it disappear behind the walls of the highway. When we finally arrived at our camping spot after a long hike up the mountain, we could barely see the monument (of course, it was already dark). We then set camp, made a campfire and enjoyed some nice barbecue under the beautiful starry sky. The evening ended with an exploration of the Wall. Not a lot of people can say they walked on the Great Wall in the middle of the night. At least now we can say we did 🙂 Everyone went to bed at 9 pm to get up very early, because, you know, imagine missing the sunrise, that would be a pity.
Sunrise over The Great Wall of China
The next day we could finally enjoy a sun drenched Great Wall and its surrounding mountains, which was so beautiful. Standing on a 2000 years old monument in the middle of nowhere, watching the sunrise, it leaves a profound impression! We would have preferred to see the sunset though, but waking up next to and camping on the Great Wall of China is already a pretty amazing adventure we had the chance to experience!