|Not as cold now with these new fuzzy hats|
The trip exceeded expectations. Once we got on the wall, we started walking. There are several towers along the way. Some parts are hilly, and some are intensely steep. It was challenging at times, but just so interesting. We tried to hike to the top, but once we were there, Matthew pointed out that there one never really reaches the top here-more will keep appearing for miles. So we chose a reasonable time to turn around and go back.
Matthew said he gives tours to a lot of teachers at the International School of Beijing when they have family in town. On the way back from The Great Wall, he said that when the teachers tour with their families and friends, they always ask him to sing his army songs. He asked if we wanted to hear some. We said yes, but he was hesitant at first because August was sleeping and he said it is very loud and he was worried it would scare August. We said he'd be fine. It was loud! He did wake August, but he was fine.