[Beijing] I joked that I wanted to be a ”hao han” (好汉) twice. There is a saying that goes “不到长城非好汉”, which means that you need to get up to the Great Wall to be a Great Man.
The first time I climbed up, and it took a hike from wee hours of the morning till mid noon, and only made it less than half way.
The second time, the older me decided to go straight for the cable car.
Dear friends, great man or not, it is worth to make it up there at least once this lifetime.
Beijing has changed quite a bit over the years, though not as much as its sister city Shanghai. (You can still pay by cash at many places, cab drivers are still elusive, air is still bad.)
Travellers go for traditional architecture, learn more about Chinese history, visit the one-of-a-kind restaurants, hutong (traditional alleys) and street markets.