A trip to China is not complete without a visit to the Great Wall. First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia stopped by the historical monument on Sunday (March 23) during their tour of the ancient land.
The First Lady walked the path of the wall with her daughters without protective masks, despite being forewarned of China’s pollution crisis that is said to lend toxic air. Mrs. Obama couldn’t get over the history that the Great Wall represented. “I couldn’t stop thinking about what a massive undertaking it must have been to build it,” said the First Lady. “Hundreds of thousands of soldiers and peasants were given the dangerous, painstaking – and often fatal – task of carrying ton after ton of granite, brick, dirt, and wood through the forests, up over the hills, and down through the valleys to create this incredible structure. They did this year after year, decade after decade – and it’s because of their hard work and sacrifice that the Great Wall remains standing today.”
The Great Wall of China is over 13,000 miles long and is more than three centuries old. Michelle and her daughters will be touring China for the next few days and meet with several dignitaries before returning to the States.