The one about what to wear when visiting The Great Wall of China (in winter)

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How to copy my style:

1. Check the weather forecast and know to dress warm when the temperature is lower than -10 degrees Celsius.

2. Wear double socks, leggings and stockings underneath thick workout pants. Plus, wear a tank top, a vest, a long sleeve t-shirt, and a thick woolen sweater underneath a winter jacket. In other words, wear so much so that your jacket can barely zip up. Don’t forget the mitts, scarf for the cold nose, furry hat and sunglasses so that opening eyes against the harsh winds won’t be an issue. It’s OK to be unrecognizable. Only The Husband has to know who you are to help pull you uphill when you can’t bend your legs under all the layers.

3. Wear contact lenses. You know from experience your glasses will fog up with every exhale. Dark sunglasses are fine because they hide the fog. Again, you are there to see that wall, the wall doesn’t care to see you.

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How to copy his style:

1. Check the weather forecast but ignore it and believe your superhuman warming skills will activate when needed.

2. Ignore your wife pleading with you that you’re being unreasonable by not packing a winter jacket.

3. Pack your fall jacket, a hat that barely covers your ears, and don’t dress in layers, that is, basically freeze. Avoid contact with your wife’s I-told-you-so eyes behind her fogged up sunglasses. At least you look good.

The views were breathtaking:

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Even the garbage can was pretty!

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Depending on how you measure the wall’s length, you’ve got between 10,000-20,000 km. That’s quite a distance even on the lower end. In the summer, it’s said to be humid, smoggy and packed with tourists. In the dead cold of winter, the small slice of wall we visited gave us clear views into the distance and a serene quietness – perfect. But boy was it cold.

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Hopefully this sign says something significant such as Great Wall of China, and not washrooms or exit:

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Even the cats are huddled together for warmth:

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“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.” – Rumi.

9 thoughts on “The one about what to wear when visiting The Great Wall of China (in winter)

    1. Thank you :D That’s what Vick always says, he never wants to go anywhere cold… until he compares the price difference of travelling there in summer versus winter! Summer trips are definitely easier to manage (and pack for).

  1. “Only The Husband has to know who you are to help pull you uphill when you can’t bend your legs under all the layers.”

    I think the dragging is more to the fact that someone is lazy to use her legs up the stairs! I remember pulling this body up many a hills before!

  2. Yeah, I don’t like to travel during winter to where it’s also cold. Much easier to travel to hot places and travel light.

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