Today we had a long series of unfortunate events. Yesterday, Lee suggested that we use his driver, who he had been using for 10 years, to take us to visit the Great Wall of China. He told us that the driver was reliable, would show up on time, and had a nice car. Previously, we had met a guide on the streets of Beijing, who offered to take us to a deserted section of the wall at Jainkou. His name was Steen and the three of us had good feelings about him. However, given that we know Lee and that Lee lives in Beijing, we took his advice and arranged for his driver to take us to Jainkou.
We got up at seven in the morning ready to see the wall. With bursts of excitement, we ran down stairs to eat breakfast before the long day. We were going to a part of the wall that had few tourists, and practically no one knows about. After we had driven for almost two hours, we arrived at a parking lot swarming with people. We were looking for a remote part of the wall called Jainkou. The sign told us that we were at the Simatai section of the Wall. The driver did not speak English, so we called Lee's assistant, Bei Bei to translate for us. While Bei Bei and the driver were talking, in rolled, one, two, three... eighteen fully packed tour buses, one after another. We spent half an hour standing in the hot parking lot negotiating with the driver to take us, as we had arranged, to Jainkou.
|The Remote Section of the Wall????|