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Camping out on the Great Wall

 
 The best way to experience the majesty of China’s Great Wall? Grab a sleeping bag, a couple of friends, a few cans of Stella and leave Beijing for the Wild Wall
 
Watchmen: hanging out on rural ruins of the Great Wall.

All armies prefer high ground to low.”

So wrote Sun Tzu in The Art of War, and as the sun slips beneath the rugged hills north of Beijing I can see why. After nearly two hours of rigorous uphill hiking, I’m stretched out on a mat with two friends on the overgrown roof of a crumbling Ming dynasty watchtower – our home for the night – trying to imagine a passing Mongol army. We sip a tall can each of Stella Artois and admire the darkened silhouettes of the surrounding hills. We count nine watchtowers on their peaks.

Entire Article: TheGlobeandMail

 

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