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King Chuang overcomes Badaling Great Wall ...........

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The path through to Beijing .........

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And now ........

For something completely different ........

After we had walked back through the wall to the Beijing side I saw camouflaged on a boulder  ........

A praying mantis ..............

I shouted over and pointed it out .........
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Main Tourist area.


Coming down worst with those very steep steps, i had visions of going arse over tits.


She was a good guide generally though and saved me from getting ripped off a few times with those souvenirs and stuff.

They're pretty smart at spotting a mug Westerner.


Not smart enough.
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A Chinese guy came over and stood right by the boulder ........

But couldn't see it ........

I climbed down some rocks and pointed to the mantis .......

At that point he picked it up and took it back onto the main car park and showed it to everyone ........

The mantis was about 8cm so quite a large female .........

Then abruptly he said, "Oh, I will feed it to my snake .......

I was shocked as I had intended to leave the mantis where it was  .......

The guy took the mantis over to a cardboard and dropped it in ......

On looking in the box there was a common type of snake about 30 cm and the mantis started trying to leg it out of the box ........

At that point I walked away and was not interested in a photo on that topic .......

Next time something like that happens .......

I will stay quiet ...........     

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Post time 2011-10-19 16:08:44 |Display all floors
Originally posted by St_George at 2011-10-19 16:03
Main Tourist area.
Coming down worst with those very steep steps, i had visions of going arse over tits.
She was a good guide generally though and saved me from getting ripped off  ...
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Ahh .........

You were at Shanhai the grockle part ...........

That was the hard day as I already mentioned at the start  ...........

This part of the wall (Juyong) has none of that touristy stuff and is almost empty .........

Still awaiting the photos to appear  ............

Yes, some steps are 70 degrees and on tired legs one can feel a bit unbalanced  .........     

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These last two pictures ........

I find them particularly interesting from an aesthetic point of view  ......

As it is down this very draw that the peasant army passed to move on Beijing and end the Ming Dynasty ........

For me I love to be somewhere where I can envisage some real changing moments in the history of man   .......
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