This morning I spent an hour at a farmer's market photographing the interactions between merchants and locals. Apparently, people go out every morning to shop for their daily food whereas we stock up on weekly trips to the grocery store. The farmer's market closed at 10 am so it was a very hectic environment. It was just one short street with vendors on both sides selling fruits and vegetables. The farther you went down, you'd start to see clothing vendors. This is where I snuck in a quick purchase and got two dresses.
I don't want to speak too soon, but this afternoon was one of the most memorable afternoons of my life. We visited a portion of the wall in Jinshanling that remains unrestored, which meant there were absolutely no tourists. The hike up the wall was extremely challenging for me and stands at the most strenuous physical activity I've ever done. Climbing the wall was a challenge in itself. The steps were all uneven at different shapes and sizes. Some steps were inches tall while others reached my thigh. Luckily, local farmers accompanied us and helped us stay safe and balanced on our climb. We saw the sunset and the moonrise on the wall and it was indeed magical. The view is like nothing you can imagine with China on one side and Mongolia on the other. Golden light, vast mountain ranges and wall as far as the eye can see filled up my viewfinder today and made one happy photographer.
This is our last night in Beijing, and tomorrow we fly out to Xi'an.