Simply put, the massive scale of the Great Wall of China is awe inspiring. So naturally, I woke up as if it was Christmas morning the day that we visited the Great Wall. I was antsy to see the Wall. I wanted to walk on it and experience a part of history. I was not disappointed.
We chose to visit the Wall at the Mutianyu section of the wall open to tourists. This section is a little further out of Beijing, but promised fewer tourists. Normally, I would not mind the throng of tourists, but in China, saying a tourist site is packed is an understatement. Think Disneyland on it’s most packed day and multiply that by two. With this limited knowledge, I was completely up for the longer journey in favor of breathing room.
When we arrived at the Great Wall, we exited our taxi to a downpour of rain. Postponing the inevitable of getting soaked, we decided to grab dumplings (aka my new favorite food), and hopefully wait out the rain. Luckily the gamble paid off, but only after we had purchased this rainbow umbrella. I am not complaining.
Now on to the meat of this post – what to wear to the Great Wall of China during the summer. These are my suggestions:
1. Lightweight, breathable fabric – it gets hot in China in July.
2. Long sleeves – cover your shoulders, the grey skies are deceiving.
3. Sunscreen – goes with point 2.
4. Shoes – this is debatable. I wore my Duo flats, which are basically the most comfortable flats I have ever owned. However, we were not planning to do extensive hiking, so my flats were fine. But if you choose to do extensive hiking, I would recommend closed-toe tennis shoes.
5. Loose trousers rather than denim – remember lightweight and comfortable is key!
Although the day started with rain, everything turned out perfectly. The rain might have scared a few people away, giving us long stretches of time with the Great Wall of China all to ourselves. How cool is that?!?! Also, for once in my life, I felt properly dressed, albeit once the rain stopped! I had cute shoes on that were comfortable, and I could actually walk in them. Although, whenever I felt impressed with my ability to wear cute flats rather than my hiking boots, a Chinese tourist would saunter by in her kitten heels, making me look like a total wuss!
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