Day 3: The Great Wall of China & The Emperors Tombs

Today was a day of sightseeing and we left the Hotel bright and early to drive about an hour and a half to visit The Great Wall of China. We were fortunate the day was overcast and climbing the Wall, while challenging in places, was a one-off experience that we will all remember.

Equally memorable was the impromptu performance given by the Choir to a large assembled crowd of mainly Chinese tourists. The Choir has been attracting much attention wherever they go because of their bright green traveling T-shirts with “The University of Newcastle, Australia, Chamber Choir China Tour 2010” emblazoned in both English and Mandarin on the back. Inevitably this leads to questions about the Choir however, because of the language barrier, explaining what a choir is does is often difficult. In this instance the Choir decided to demonstrate what it is they do and their performance of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ with the Great Wall of China as a backdrop was one of their most remarkable performances to date.

After their impromptu performance it was back on the bus for lunch at the ‘Friendship Store’ followed by shopping at the Cloisonné Factory- enamelware that originated in the Jingtai period (1450-1456) of the Ming Dynasty.  From here we drove to The Emperor’s Tomb before heading back into the city to dine on Beijing Duck – all in all another totally remarkable day in remarkable China!


1 Response to “Day 3: The Great Wall of China & The Emperors Tombs”

  1. 1 Jenni Kaye
    July 11, 2010 at 14:40

    Sounds fabulous- look forward to seeing some photos. Maybe you’ll get some other opportunities for impromptu performances or even busking….

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