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I got a lot of comments on my last photo of the Great Wall, wondering how there were so few people,

I got a lot of comments on my last photo of the Great Wall, wondering how there were so few people,

I got a lot of comments on my last photo of the Great Wall, wondering how there were so few people, and whether I had photoshopped them out. I did not. But all of these questions have inspired me to share my travel tips for seeing the Great Wall (or other wonders of the world) and getting photos without tons of people in them.
1️⃣ The most popular section of #thegreatwall is found at Badaling, but there are many sections that are less touristy and a little more off the beaten path. Find those.
2️⃣ This photo and the last one I shared of yoga on the #greatwall were taken at the Matianyu section, which I actually found to be more beautiful than the Badaling section, not to mention less touristy.
3️⃣ Get there as early as possible. @kestyoga and I we’re up at 5am, and made sure to get there as close to opening time as we could. The tour buses that bring tons of people usually show up after opening time, but not long after, so if you beat them there, there’s an awesome window of minimal people right then.
4️⃣ This may be the most important of all: be patient. When you’re visiting any wonder of the world, new or old, there are bound to be many others who want to see it as much as you do, so you can’t blame them or get frustrated. Instead, you have to wait. People come and go in waves, and if you wait long enough, there are sometimes beautiful moments of the inbetween that you can catch, like my yoga photo, without people in them.
5️⃣ Be clever and creative, and don’t go for the textbook photo that everyone else is rushing to grab, because that will be the most crowded. Use perspective and the placement of your body to hide background people if all else fails.
6️⃣ Make friends with the people around you and enlist their help in getting your photo. Everyone wants a photo, and when we all compete for space, we are all in each other’s photos. We helped people take their photos and then asked them to wait while we took ours, rather than just walking through our shot once they had theirs.
Sure, I’ve photoshopped people out before, but faked photos don’t feel as good to share as photos where your ingenuity, kindness, and patience earned you that shot. 🙌🏼
📸: @kestyoga

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