China #14 Section 5 – End of the Great Wall Walk (14/09/15 Part b)

This Walk on the Wall is About Helping Others to Help Themselves

AND NOW…THE FINAL SECTION OF THE GREAT WALL WALK!

Tanya… a well earned rest!

Tanya… a well earned rest!

Lunch over, Tanya found a rocking chair for a bit of a rest. But it wouldn’t be for long… we hadn’t quite finished yet! So wake up Tanya… we had one more section to walk.

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DSC00629 © DY of jtdytravels

The area around the lunch stop had several small stalls… we were obviously back in tourist territory. Good luck charms and ‘I walked the wall’ souveneirs abounded. All of this overseen by warrior statues. I wonder what the wall builders would think of people who walk their wall these days. Maybe they would applaud our efforts on our five day challenge.

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DSC00631 © DY of jtdytravels

At times it would be good to be able to read Chinese!

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DSC00632 © DY of jtdytravels

A museum room.

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DSC00633 © DY of jtdytravels

Our Christmas tree will sport the knot souveneir on the left.

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DSC00634 © DY of jtdytravels

Some souveneirs were hanging on a tree.

Were they left by walkers?

Hero showing off!

Just before we began to walk again, our guide, Hero, showed off. I wanted to get him stopped in mid air. Too hard in a photo, so I took this photo from a piece of video! Well done Hero! He had been an exceptional guide and is obviously a very fit young man.

 

 

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DSC00635 © DY of jtdytravels

Back on the Wall but this time with lots of day tourists ‘doing the Wall’. Well, we thought… what did they know about the real Wall experience? Not a lot, I suspect. But we did.

Our Walk the Wall challenge was set up as a 50 Km for 50 years walk to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the University of Newcastle in NSW. We felt pretty special… we had conquered 77 km… that’s quite a bit more than the 50 km we set out to walk.

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DSC00636 © DY of jtdytravels

THE END IN SIGHT !

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DSC00639 © DY of jtdytravels

When I made it to the bottom of our last flight of steps on the Wall, I was able to cheer on the last of our team as they made their final descent!  Oh! What a Feeling. The END.

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DSC00637 © DY of jtdytravels

Not much use reading this sign now, was it?

But we’d all made it all the way.

WELL DONE TEAM.

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DSC00641 © DY of jtdytravels

Way out… and off the Wall. And as we come to the end of this Great Wall Walk Challenge, I again sincerely thank all of my sponsors. Our walking effort will fund at least 20 Shaping Future’s Scholarships. A great result for our 17 team members.

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DSC00644 © DY of jtdytravels

A bus trip back into Beijing was very welcome after another hard day on the wall. On the way, we drove by the wonderful Olympic Swimming Pool, designed by an Australian company, PTW Architects. It’s looks pretty special and we all felt very proud of the Ozzie connection.

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DSC00645 © DY of jtdytravels

Huge, colourful sculptures adorned some of the green sections by the motorway.

We would visit a Beijing art precinct the next day.

More of that anon.

David

All Photography Copyright ©  David Young of  jtdytravels

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