Now we've seen The Great Wall!
We took the bus from Beijing to a section of the wall that was directly north of Beijing. We were really lucky with the weather, by Chinese standards, since you could almost see the sky. Sometimes the sky was slightly blue. The season, in my opinion, was perfect since the color of the leaves on the trees in mountains had started changing and that was truly beautiful. Of course there were a lot of people, but not just Chinese people also some foreigners.
The wall itself is magnificent and the fact that it was built so many years ago and still is so intact is mind blowing. Some parts of the wall were extremely steep so I would not recommend going there in the winter if there is ice, because then I would be impossible to walk on. How they managed to build in such a rugged terrain is also really impressive.
The trip to the desert with Miro and his host family was also really great. Geographically the desert is in the east of China in the Ningxia province. We stayed in the city Zhongwei for 3 days before returning to Beijing. Sledges were sold everywhere along the roads. To start with I thought it was quite weird because there was no snow, but then I realized that you of course use them in the sand dunes.
We travelled back and forth with night trains, which was awesome to try and comfortable if you aren't more than 1,60 meters tall...
The 19th summit of China's leaders will soon take place, so there have been added insane amounts of security everywhere. At the subway station I enter in the morning there are 20 bao an, which are some kind of police as far as I've understood. Between school and the subway station, I see more policemen than I would see in a whole year in Denmark.
At every subway station, I've been at the previous days, there has also been placed two soldiers outside and two down in the subway.
Relevant Chinese vocabulary:
Great Wall - Chang Cheng 长城
Extremely long - Fei Chang Chang 非常长
Bus - Gong Gong Qi Che 公共汽车
Sand - Sha 沙
Meeting - Hui 会
Take care ;)