I didn’t know I would have to walk that much today.
“Keep going for another 20k” they had said, “you will find a small settlement with hotels and restaurants there!”
So I walked past the mules…
…past the bushes…
…past the violet flowers…
…walked 20k until I was there – and I was surprised:
Everything was closed, the whole place seemed almost deserted.
There was only one restaurant that was serving guests – though I was the only one:
I had lunch, then I lay down for a while. The only thing I could hear was the owner washing wild mushrooms outside. It felt very peaceful.
I fell asleep.
When I woke up I knew I had to go.
The place was called Great Wall Opening 长城口, and it featured a massive section of the wall that had been restored during the Ming-dynasty:
The restaurant owners told me that they used to have tourism in this area, but then a few years ago the authorities had decided to remove what was left of any relics in this place and rather put them in some city-level museums.
The tourists had stopped coming after that.
Well, there was one today, tourist #1 on the old dragon:
By the way, I was never able to find out what sort of relics they were talking about, but I imagined it to be rather small things, maybe from holes in the Wall like this one:
The Wall itself had also suffered quite a bit – it even seemed torn apart in many places:
I wasn’t totally alone here, sometimes I would come across some shepherds with their flocks:
(hint: watch this video again if you are having trouble going to sleep!)
Well, nothing lasts forever, so at some point in time I had to leave my beloved Great Wall to itself, and make my way back to the road:
It was eight in the evening and I had another 10k to go.
The sun was setting:
…it was setting on all the beautiful things:
…and on all the others:
Well, here’s a long story short:
I was walking in the moonshine…
…and my feet hurt.