Michelle, Sasha and Malia Obama Visit the Great Wall of China

Posted on March 23, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama and Malia and Sasha visit the Great Wall of China.

First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and their grandmother are traveling to China for an official visit. Mrs. Obama is blogging about their trip, posting photos and engaging U.S. students in discussions. She has been promoting the importance of U.S. students studying abroad. She will meet with students at the Stanford Center at Peking University, Beijing Normal School and Chengdu No. 7 High School where she will discuss the importance of education in the U.S. and in China. She is also visiting important historical sites with her daughters.

Mrs. Obama, Sasha and Malia visited the Great Wall of China The First Lady writes,

To get to the Wall, we rode a cable car up a mountain (and we later rode back down on a long slide!). The section we visited is one of the more popular parts of the Wall for tourists, and it’s easy to see why. At Mutianyu, the Wall is roughly 20 to 25 feet tall and full of stairs, and there’s a watchtower every 100 yards or so. Those watchtowers serve as a reminder of why the Wall was built in the first place – to defend against attacks from armies descending from the north. Throughout its history, the Great Wall has gone through decades, even centuries, of ruin and disrepair. But it has always served as not only a physical barrier, but a psychological one to intimidate potential invaders.

Here is a clip from their trip to the Great Wall:

Photo: Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon