03 July Climbing the Greatwall in Beijing It was long declared as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, it is also a World Heritage Site…this is the GreatWall of China right here in Beijing. There is a saying in Chinese: “bu dao changcheng fei hao han” In English, it roughly translates that “He who does not climb the Greatwall is not a real man”. Of course it is just a saying meant to encourage people to make the trip to the Greatwall as see it for themselves because even in Chinese people’s perspective, it is quite a marvel. It is for this reason that we couldn’t let our internship in China program clients and those doing the university mandarin program to miss the opportunity of climbing the Greatwall as it is already in our city. History reveals that The Greatwall was built more than a thousand years ago by Chinese men and soldiers; this massive undertaking was to protect the Chinese population against attacks from outsiders. This way, Chinese soldiers would see enemies coming from a faraway distance and be able to defend their land. With the average cost of living in Beijing being moderately reasonable, such cultural outings are possible, especially since they are included in Go Abroad China’s package deal. Cameras ready, comfortable shoes on, entrance money in hand, off we went with our candidates to have fun at the Greatwall. We went to the most popular stretch of the wall, The Badaling, slightly more than an hour away from the city center. The Greatwall is a tourist magnet, you will meet Chinese people coming from many different provinces, and because of this you will also hear many different dialects! Some Chinese are still very curious about foreigners, which is why some of them asked our participants to take pictures with them! Well after reaching an important point on the Greatwall – The Hero’s Stone – it was time to descend and make the journey back to Beijing city.