Why I didn’t visit the Great Wall in China
Most people who visit China would include The Great Wall on their itinerary. I did consider this option which meant I would be staying in Beijing for a few days. Beijing’s population is 24 million people and polluted.
I was travelling to China on my own and I was nervous about visiting such a populated city. I am quite claustrophobic and I don’t like large crowds of people. I also had my heart set on Yangshuo and Lijiang which is a long way from Beijing.
The reason why I visited China
I inherited a small amount of money and decided to spend it on travel. I had traveled before getting married and having children, but whilst bringing up three boys we could only afford trips around New Zealand.
A film called ‘The Painted Veil’ inspired me to visit China, based on the 1925 novel by W. Somerset Maugham. Set in the 1930’s and filmed in London, Shanghai and Huangyao Ancient Town, Guangxi Province. Edward Norton and Naomi Watts were the main stars. One of the first scenes of the film featured an amazing landscape of Karst Mountains.
Below is links to posts on Yangshuo and Huangyao Ancient town where the movie was filmed.