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Channeling China : Beijing's Bricks - Working. Traveling. Mom.
After a day and a half off, and surviving Bangkok, Thailand, my stewardess roster brought me to Beijing, China. Beijing, or Peking, the capital city of The Peoples Republic of China, is incredibly populated and is the second largest metropolis in all of China according to its density, and is three times the size of Hong Kong. Beijing is home to 19.6 million people! Wanting to get out of this density with its smog and thick pollution, car horns blaring and chaotic traffic, I decided to venture to the Great Wall. With a thirty three hour layover, time was on my side to see some sights, get some exercise and gain some culture. I booked an early shuttle from my hotel to first, the Ming Tombs and then the Great Wall; or a section of it at least. Built originally to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire against intrusion by various nomadic groups, it wasn't formally stated, but this refers to the Mongolian people, the Great Wall was expanded and reconstructed time and time