“Kejarlah ilmu sampai negri Cina” seperti yang dikatakan oleh Guru SD saya. Tidak hanya sekali, tetapi beliau mengatakannya beberapa kali dibeberapa kesempatan berbeda.
Why China? My silly imagination answers: the Great Wall is visible from the Moon or low earth orbit, China has ancient history in medicine and art, maybe it is because they have their own language which characters are difficult to learn.
|Love this pic #instagram|
I was born in Indonesia and parents were also born there. Only when I grew up I realized that I have more than half Indonesian Chinese blood than Indonesia Javanese. I have more oriental look, comparing to my siblings.
I know a few words in Chinese dialects (Hokien) that are commonly used to bargain in Indonesia. We can hear this everywhere in Glodok or China town; ce-pek (100) and se-ceng (1,000). But I have to think harder for much bigger numbers such as go-ban (50,000). I couldn’t even recall that ce-pek-ceng means 100,000! LOL
Recently, I visited China… where my ancestors might come from… centuries ago…
|Streets on the way to the Great Wall|
Thanks to my friend, Madame Eva, I get Xiaowei's details as recommended tour guide in Beijing. So there he was picking me up at 7am and we drove to Mutianyu Great Wall. That's my friend’s recommendation, Fitri told me to go to Mutianyu. Iya deh…
The 7am traffic at the ring road was already heavy. After having passed the hectic ring roads and toll road, we reached the outer suburb.
Xiaowei offered a local dish for breakfast. It's something like sunny side up egg wrapped in martabakskin, together with crunchy fried dumpling skin, sour taste of sauce and chives. Martabakis pancake or pan-fried bread commonly found in South Asian countries. My conclusion, the egg and fried crunchy dumpling skin are yummy...
Mutianyu apparently attracts more foreign visitors. Domestic visitors prefer Badaling for some reasons - nearer to the city? Mao Zedong climbed Badaling Great Wall and left some words: Who we are if we cannot reach the Great Wall? Definitely there are lots of people taking pics here.
I had no regreat going to Mutianyu. It was less crowded - it means peaceful atmosphere. It was still quiet when we arrived at 8.30 am.
Cable car was fun! This is the reason why Fitri told me to go to Mutianyu… going up with cable car and sliding down with Toboggan. It's a good strategy to save the energy…
|Public toilet inside the complex|
- Must wear comfortable stuff; walking shoes, t-shirt, hat, sunglasses,
- Arrive early to avoid the crowd and sun,
- Pee before climbing up -J Decent public toilet near the ticket office,
- Drink water,
- Bring camera, smile and enjoy the walk!
Xiaowei has been touring many visitors to the Great Wall. In average, he goes there once a week.
|Peeping the Wall from the window|
|One of the gate door|
|Interior part of one of the gates|
|Some part of the stairs going down @ Great Wall|
Xiaowei is so passionate on what he is doing. With the assistance of his girlfriend, he has been touring and arranging transportation for tourists in the last six years. He does tailor-made the tours based on clients requests. Most of his clients are from the US.
|One of the gates that I didn't go further|
|See the Chinese characters & the Wall all the way|
At the top of that gate, all I wanted to do is to shout out loud "Aaaaa.......... ". "You could do better than that" Xiaowei said. I continued "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..............!!!" louder and longer till I had no more breath.
After having a tough ‘exercise’ climbing up, returning to cable car terminal was piece of cake.
|Riding the Toboggan|
|Graduation pic at the last gate. See long wall behind me!|