We were all pretty excited knowing that we were going to walk the Wall and it was hard to be patient as it didn't happen first thing when we arrived. The day finally arrived and we boarded the bus for Ju Yong Pass. I remember feeling a little frustrated when I found out we were going to a jade factory and to the Olympic village before finally getting to the wall. As it turned out we drove passed the Olympic Village as it was nowhere close to completion. We were told how people were told to, "leave now" their apartments so that they could be bulldozed and a brand new interstates built in their place. Some building looked new and clean but it turns out it was a facade and if you looked back in to the complex you could see the other run down buildings that had not been touched but you really had to look for them. Mind boggling.
The Jade factory was, meh but we bought a couple of things for the girls. I found a sign that made me giggle.
|The literal translations make me giggle|
|And it wasn't just the jade factory the Great Wall offered some pretty funny signage too.|
|Clear as mud, these signs.|
|It looks so western.|
|part of the wall|
|Clearly this photo is out of order as this was our first glimpse from the bus.|
|Cousin Andie and some fabulously fit old chap'|
|One of my favourite photos of all time.|
|I'm ready, lets go|
Lily was hellbent on getting to the top. Due to all the other gallivanting we had done we didn't have much time there so we had to hurry. The ex wimped out first, sighting a bad everything, next was Andie with her bum knee so that left me to keep up with the oh so agile Lilipop. We made it to the ninth level and were joined again by Andie who refused to be beaten by a 5 yr old. If nothing else, we Minneys are stubborn. It was a day like no other that I have ever had. I have promised the girls we will go back and do it again but this time we will make it to the top. As the day day drew to a close I was one day closer to the Pickle.