Turn off your light.
Turn off the light.
You can almost see more without the light.
I never thought this would happen.
It’s like one of the craziest thing I've ever done in my life.
We were somewhere around Beijing on the edge of the Mountains when the drugs began to take hold.
Not really, sadly drugs lead to execution in China.
But really, we were 3 hours behind in a race against time to set up camp before night fall.
Ahead 3 hours of road full of Beijing traffic too incompetent to flow at a reasonable pace awaited us.
I've decided to sleep over night in a tent on the most dangerous, but also arguably beautiful sections of the Great Wall of China - Jian Kou.
The Jian Kou Great Wall section was built in 1368 during the Ming Dynasty. There's no telling the numbers of people who have died at the exact spot where I'll rest my head tonight. Something about all this makes me feel a bit uneasy.
There’s the great wall right there. We are gonna to trying to get to it before sunset to set up camp. If not, we’ll just have to find a... We just have to find a place. I mean. Not really trying to set up tents in someone’s crop.
The further up the mountain, the farther I felt away from the Beijing I know.
Beijing can feel like just another massive city with too many people with same ambitions, going to the same malls and buying the same cloths, with too many restaurants serving the same food.
With globalization strangling anything authentic, and China painting everything traditional commercial. I wanted to find something real, I want to find something genuine.
We made it.
We've reached the top after a long grueling hike.
And some other guys.
What you guys...
What are you doing? Camping?
Passerby: "We don’t camp. We’ll drive back at night.We have brought some lights."
It’s one of the most dangerous parts of the Great Wall, because it hasn't been reconstructed. And the mountains are pretty steep. The bricks are all falling off...
I don’t think we can get up there.
That’s a step over there.
It’s completely broken apart.
Passerby: "We've gotten there. Then we turned around to this way. We've reached the top over there. There are a lot of watchtowers up there. The watchtowers there...We've reached the height of 825 meters. See this altitude difference shown in here. One most dangerous spot over that top is very beautiful. It’s very steep. The road is this much narrow.Get around this watchtower. You can set up camp in there. It has big space."
So we can’t go up to this way.
Because everything is just broken up.
There is no way of climbing it at all.
So there is a tower directly behind these trees that we can get to through these tree, that somebody told us about that we can camp at.
So we are going to try to make it before sunset.
It’s getting super close though.
Yes. We are gonna hurry.
Gravity was our largest threat
- and our only weapon was the eroded
- 5 inch trail.
Dear! It is awesome!
It is what you think of the Great Wall, when like...
Saw a snake?
Look, see you can do a fire here.
After scouting the tower that the Duke pointed out to us.
I found poop in just about every possible camping spot.
It was all a set up.
He was probably laughing his pot bellied ass all the way down the mountain.
We had to find another place.
After looking at the campsite of the Great Wall.
After looking at the campsite of the Great Wall.
All right. In the Great Wall.
We come to a conclusion that we just can put tents here.
You could, but we have three tents.
And here is a fireplace also.
So... this is perfect.
It’s at the Great Wall.
I found one right outside the wall, but I felt like a scout leader.
I set up 3 tents, built the fire and when I asked for firewood my intern brought me a tree.
I’m done setting up Luy’s tent.
So now I have to help them set up the other ones.
This wood’s wet.
"We are a long way from Mardi Gras".
With the moon on tucked behind the eastern end of the mountains, our flash lights were all we had protecting us from the darkness.
We’re gonna check it out?
We all became paranoid about the number of dead people we were trying to sleep on top of.
And then we heard a noise.
I still can’t believe this is like...
I can’t believe I’m doing this.
You can’t see anything up here.
Look. It’s pitch black.
Look. I point the light to... and it goes to nothing.
It’s pitch black so you guys can’t see anything.
I’m sorry for that.
We can hear Peking Opera coming from the village down under us.
It’s sort of spooky if you start thinking about this, be honest.
But I don’t know.
Like you can see the stars.
It’s absolutely wild.
I want to take a long exposure.
Here. Hold on.
What the * is that?
That’s a huge bee.
No no no no.....
Let’s get out of here.
These are the killer bugs.
Today was crazy.
I’m looking forward to tomorrow morning to check out the sunrise.
I’m sure that will be beautiful also.
It’s 10 o’clock already.
So time to go to bed.
So good night.
Staring up at the stars through my mosquito net, I began to think about what we forget chasing out ambitions for success and remembrance in the big city. We forget to look at the stars beyond the tall buildings, which like the Great Wall will inevitably crumble. We take for granted the same night sky that was seen by the watchmen of this very tower thousands of years ago. The stars humble us by reminding us we are all human.
We are a little bit late for the sunrise.
This place just... doesn't stop!
I feel like I’m in a painting.
Even though I didn't get sleep last night, this is beyond worthy.
I was wrestling between sleeping on top of rocks and...
I don’t know.
Just thinking those guys with the knife were going to come like, kill Luy.
I was worried about them.
I wish my family and friends could see this.
I’ll tell them about this.
I don’t think I’ll be able to understand what this place look like now.
It always rises in the east.
It’s sort of crazy this is even-up...like, even though it’s like, even though it’s ruining a bit.
It’s crazy it’s even-up like, just like how it is now...
On this mountain. Up there!
It’s amazing that it’s up there.
Those poor bastards, carrying all these bricks.
This is insane.
See. In China, the night watchmen of the tower get to reincarnate crows.
That’s the only bird up here on this wall.
I don’t know, I just made that up.