A Week Walking The Great Wall of China with Rachael Thomas

 

My previous post here on Traveling with Nasreen was all about my training walks in my local area as I prepared to take on a week trekking along The Great Wall of China raising funds for British Heart Foundation.

In October I took on that challenge and it was an amazing week and our twenty eight strong group raised over £52,000 for the cause.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For five days we trekked along the wall, some parts of it were in good repair and being close to Beijing a popular tourist area, while other parts were what we named, the wild wall. More often than not, we were the only ones on these stretches of the wall.

Whichever part we trekked along, there were many steps up and down to contend with. Some steps were formed of small bricks only just being wide enough to place your foot as well as not being very steep. Others were so tall they needed to be scrambled up. Of course coming down such steps tested not only a fear of heights but our ability to work as a team and help each other.

During the trek we also had the opportunity to explore a Ming tomb. This collection of mausoleums built by the emperors of the Ming Dynasty is vast, but our time spent at was really interesting.

Another big challenge for me was the overnight accommodation which was sometimes very rural and basic, with only limited amounts of hot water for showers. Although, once we returned to the city of Beijing itself after the trek there was plenty of hot water! The local food prepared for us each evening was interesting and during my trip I mastered the art of chopsticks.

On our final day, we had a tour of Beijing, which was crammed full of the highlights of Beijing. We enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of The Temple of Heaven and the park area where all the locals gather each morning to do everything from exercise to knitting. Then we had a tea tasting session followed by time bartering in the Pearl Market. After this we went to Tiananmen Square and then onto the Forbidden City.

As the sun set the fun continued with the most spectacular acrobatic show I’ve ever seen and then a celebration meal to round of the trip, where of course we had the famous Peking Duck.

About Rachael Thomas

I love escaping to distant shores with my characters, entering their glamorous world and feeling all the emotions they experience as they discover their love for one another. A love so strong it will overcome all obstacles eventually, leading to that promised happy ever after.

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Valdez’s Bartered Bride (Convenient Christmas Brides)

 

Blackmailed into marriage…by Christmas! 

Genealogist Lydia Carter-Wilson is horrified by the debts her father has run up in her name. Then magnate Raul Valdez approaches her with an outrageous proposition. If she helps him claim his inheritance, he’ll pay off her debts and save her tarnished reputation. But there’s a catch. If she fails, she will marry Raul on Christmas Eve! 

No matter their instant and electrifying attraction, Lydia knows Raul’s proposal amounts to blackmail. Yet faced with an impossible choice—risking ruin or becoming Raul’s bartered bride—Lydia finds she cannot resist her desire to make a deal with the dark-hearted billionaire!

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20 thoughts on “A Week Walking The Great Wall of China with Rachael Thomas

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    What a fantastic idea to walk the Great wall of China for a good cause – it must have been a wonderful experience. Thanks for your visits on my blog, Nasreen, much appreciated. Hugs, Valerie

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      It was a great experience and thanks for having me here!

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    Congratulations on your successful fund raising for such a worthy cause.
    The tomb sounds fascinating.
    I’d still be working on mastering the chopsticks:)
    Good luck with Bartered Bride. It sounds like an amazing read.

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      The tombs were an unexpected bonus on the trip and well worth seeing. As for the chopsticks – I hope I can remember how to master them!

      Thanks for the good luck wishes.

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      It was an amazing experience and thanks for reading.

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    What a fabulous experience in China. The book sounds good, I like marriage of convenience themes.

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      I love marriage of convenience themes too! Thanks for stopping by.

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      It was and a nice hot bath when I returned to the UK made up for those cold showers!

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    Amazing trekking on wall of china dear Nasreen !

    thank you for sharing your fun and adventurous , i cannot enlarge the photo much by clicking though i enjoyed the stunning views you shared here

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      The views were stunning – quite special.

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      I will treasure the memories of being there and the great people I shared the experience with – and all for a great cause. Thanks for stopping by.

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      A fantastic week and a wonderful experience. Thanks for the congratulations.

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    This sounds like a fantastic trip. Bravo to you and your team for completing the walk and raising money for such a great cause. I loved seeing your pictures and hearing about the experience.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Oh, wow. That sounds amazing. Thank you for raising funds for so worthy a cause. May you enjoy much success with your new title. And Happy Writing!

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