I had the opportunity to travel outside Beijing to Mutianyu to see a section of the
Great Wall Of China. It is less touristy than the more well-travelled part at Badaling.
There are, however, many vendors near the base of the mountains who will try to
sell you anything and everything.

I often dreamed of hearing a beauty say, "I wait long time for you, big boy," but
never figured it would be by a toothless woman in the wilds of China.

The Great Wall at Mutianyu.

As you can see, it's old and rickety and falling apart.
And so is the Wall.

You can climb up the mountain to the wall or take a scary gondola ride. To get down, you
sit in one of these sleds and control your speed with the stick between your legs.
Quite a thrill ride!