As part of my epic Bluffworks travel pants test (Part I and Part II), which was really just a weekend mileage run to Hong Kong and Beijing, I visited the Great Wall of China. I had previously visited in 2014 and was blown away by how much I enjoyed it. Once you get out of the pollution and crowds of Beijing there’s something very simple and pure about visiting the Great Wall, at least until the tourists show up. I decided to visit the same section as I did last time, Mutianyu, to see if I could get some better pictures than last time.
I’ll admit, I was breathing pretty heavily. Walking up hundreds of stairs will do that to you. Especially carrying about 20 pounds of camera gear on your back. It was kind of nuts to me that I only had six hours until my flight, because that meant about an hour of hiking and a fairly hefty drive back to an airport notorious for delays at security (I’d end up being the last person to make the flight). What was I doing there? Besides taking pictures? Well, I was completing the most thorough product test of my blogging career: testing the Bluffworks travel pants.
Andy looks back through some memories and settles on four places he’d like to visit again. Is your favorite place in his list?
As 2014 draws to a close I encourage everyone to take a look back at 2014 and come up with your own Best Of list. This year was probably my best year for travel ever: 12 countries with almost half of those being new! I’d like to share with you some of my favorite experiences and pictures of 2014, in mostly sequential order. I took just over 13000 pictures in 2014, so I had quite a few to go through, but I’ve condensed it down to my favorites. Halfway through the year I significantly upgraded my camera and decided to take photography more seriously (hopefully you’ve noticed less overdone HDR pictures), leading to a much better-developed knack for post-processing. As a result, I decided to go back and completely re-edit my favorites so you get the best possible edition of my favorite pictures! Great Wall of China I had honestly never been that interested in visiting China. The Great Wall, to me, sounded like just another wall. But that was ignorance on my part. There’s such rich history in that part of the world, it was really unique and special to realize how much had taken place along a cultural path completely separate from that of the Western world. As I detailed in my Great Mileage Run of China post, I found an airfare I couldn’t beat to China and centered my probably-way-too-quick trip around a visit to the Great Wall. It was incredibly special. It should’ve always been on… read more