Day 6. Thankful.
Today was amazing! I climbed the Great Wall today 😀 it was so much tougher than i expected. We started off at 9:15ish and the first steps were already an indication that this was not going to be a cake walk. I had to take breaks every so often but i didn’t want to stop. Eventually, i made it up to the 4th beacon stop and it was 10:30. I took abundant number of pictures and it was so amazing to be there. I’ve always wanted to be here! So amazing. We had to leave at 11:30 and i wish we had spent more time there. I would’ve tried to climb even further if i had had enough rest and pause intervals.
We had lunch next, and looked at some pretty souvenirs in the same place.
Then we were stuck in traffic. We almost missed our plane to Xi’an! Thankfully, we made it to the airport just in time. Phew! While on the plane, I was sitting next to the representative from Mandarin Holidays and we had a fruitful conversation. He told me that if we had missed the flight, the ramifications would have been huge!!! We probably wouldn’t get on another plane at all and our entire itinerary could be wiped. So scary. I’m so thankful that we did indeed catch the plane. The ironic thing was that the plane was actually delayed and because of that, we weren’t in the air until 6:30. Good thing the 2-hour flight provided a meal service 🙂
Finally, we arrived in Xi’an at 8:40 ish. We opted out of the tour meal that night since it was so late and none of us were hungry. All luggage claimed and we met our local guide, Rose. She is older than our current tour guide but speaks excellent (ding ding hao) English and is also very funny. Looking forward to the 2 days with her 🙂
At night, we checked into the Grand Nobel Hotel which was gorgeous! The city is entirely surrounded by the city wall. A group of us took a walk to find Muslim Street. We had some skewers and beef noodles at a dai pai dong. It was all right. The skewers were much better last night in Beijing. When we walked back to the hotel, all the underpasses that we had used to get there were closed, so we ran across the roads in front of cars all around the roundabout. It was quite the adventure.
All in all, one word i have to describe about today is: thankful.
So thankful that i got to finally experience and climb the great wall. (What an iconic spot!). Thankful to have dodged a bullet and got on the plane. Thankful to have survived the traffic. Just thankful all around 🙂 tmr marks day 7 and i can’t believe that it will be the halfway point of our trip!!! Time has flown by!
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