Friday, July 26, 2013

the great wall of china

the great wall was the highlight of our trip.
it may be the cliché tourist stop in china, but a cliché is a cliché for a reason.
i will just say, it exceeded all of our expectations! It probably helped that we went to an incredible section of the wall {the juyong pass} where the views were breathtaking, and we could hike all the way up it! we pulled up and saw all of the gorgeous green mountain ridges with the great wall lining the tops. i didn’t have a sense of how impressive the wall was, how you could see it in every direction going up and down with the mountain ridges, and how steep it was! it is still in great condition, especially for how old it is. 1/3 of china’s population worked on the wall as it was being built, and now i can see how that is possible. it’s hard to believe it spans thousands of miles! it was so hot, but we wanted to climb all the way up, so we made it!
climbing and making new friends along the way
little photo shoot at the top of the pass
the hills were breathtaking
i was so happy that there were love locks on the great wall!
we were also asked to take pictures with chinese people so many times on the 
great wall...they are the sweetest! i guess we are too tall, we stick out too much!

on top of all this, it was chase’s 25th birthday on the day we visited the great wall. what could be a better celebration of the big quarter century? we had already celebrated it at home in california, but i got balloons and we blew them up on top of the wall to celebrate on the actual day! we had a peking duck banquet that night, which was the best food we had in china. it was a great day! now i'm excited to see where we are on my 25th! :) maybe another wonder of the world {hint..hint chase}
i spy the birthday boy!
our long hike was followed by a big lunch, and some refueling..
we loved checking this off our list of things to see in this did not disappoint!


  1. You look gorgeous Emi. What a fun adventure to have with your husband. Your pictures are awesome.

  2. Gorgeous! Love the second pic where he is scooping you up :))

  3. You guys are so cute together! I really like this, it is so lively and upbeat. Such a sweet trip.

    A Golden State of Mind

  4. So amazing! The views in your photos are beyond beautiful. And gah you two are so cute!

  5. amazing! I would LOVE to visit one day

  6. Darling blog! Take me on your next trip! Xo

  7. haha tall and blonde....that's what the asians get so excited about! my niece is a blondey, and they just love taking pictures with her. it's funny & weird at the same time...haha. love all the pics!!

    1. Haha it was hilarious! Love all of your insights from China-- it seems like you got to know it really well! xoxo

  8. somehow managed to look a heck of a lot cuter while climbing the Great Wall than I did! You two are so cute! Aren't the steps crazy? One big one, one tiny one, one gigantic one, one three-inch-one, etc.

  9. This is so cool. I am such a huge fan of their work. I really am impressed with how much you have worked to make this website so enjoyable.
    Great wall tour


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