I couldn't take a trip to China without visiting the Great Wall. There are a couple of sites close to Beijing where one can go to the Great Wall. I went to the Mutianyu site, about an hour and a half outside of the city. This section of the Great Wall was first built in the 6th century and has been restored and rebuilt throughout history. I took a cable car up to the highest part of the restored section where the views and scenery were wonderful!
There was so much to take in - not only scenery around the Great Wall, but also on the Great Wall! For the most part, there were not many people on this section of the Wall, but it was fun to see some people with colorful kites running up and down and also see those walking slowly and posing, wearing special outfits.
After about two and a half or three hours of walking up and down the Wall and going through several towers, I took a ski lift down. What a wonderful experience it was!