Question by Mrs♥B: How much $ is too much for a wedding dress?
I know there is a lot of emphasis on the dress, but it is really just one day. What is the amount of money that there is no way you would spend on one? I got mine for $ 400 and refused to even look at dresses over $ 500. I know there are some people who wouldn't dream of spending more than $ 100, others seem to have no problem spending upwards of $ 15,000 (crazy amount of money!). How much is too much for a wedding dress?
I was offered some money to go towards a dress, but I declined. Even if I had a ton of money and was super rich, I wouldn't spend over $ 500. I guess I just don't think it is worth it (to me, but if you choose to do so, good for you).
Answer by rxing
I think over 800$ but I can see your point, if I had it to do all overagain I wouldnt have paid the 1200$ I paid 10 years ago for my dress.
What do you think? Answer below!
The Great Wall 长城
Image by Anders Young
Two weekends ago, the Lotus Education Program - Learn Chinese With a Homestay organized a day trip to the Great Wall, a must see while in China. We visited the Muyutian Section of the wall, which is 1.25 miles long a runs along a mountain ridgeline gaining around 1,000ft in vertical altitude. Our tour bus stopped at the base in the town of Muyutian where we got off and waled up towards the ticket office. To get to the ticket office, you walk through an alley filled with souvenior vendors all talking in broken English try to get get you to buy their products. Once we all got our tickets, we headed up, some faster than others. I started walking with Max, Phelps, and Casey and we decided to try and get to the top (as high as visitors are allowed) of the Wall as fast as possible.
Before actually getting to the Wall, you have to climb a long flight of stairs through the jungle along the side of the mountain before getting the the Great Wall which rests on the ridge. I started the timer on my iPod and we started up.
We walked at an extremely quick pace up the stairs and reached the wall in a mere 7 minutes, not bad. Once we reached the wall, we started jogging. It was kinda awkward for me to be running since I was carrying my camera bag along with my textbook, and the shirt I had just taken off due to the heat. My camera bag is the Tenba Messenger, a shoulder bag, which makes jogging or running awkward since all the weight is on one side of the body.
The Great Wall is mostly stairs, the rest being steep ramps, making the Wall exhausting to walk, much less jog. We jogged up the steps taking 2 at a time and ran through the sections of the Wall which are just ramps.
The Muyutian section of the wall is famous for its unusual amount of turrets which are located at each peak of the ridge, some located only about an eighth of a mile away from each other.
At each turret, I would take a short 15 second break just to catch my breath in the shade, trying to get a decent amount of oxygen ito my head. Max just blew through the turrets wondering why we couldn't hurry up. He was taking stairs three at a time and resting only to wait for Phelps, Casey and I. No surpirise seeing as Max lives in Denver, at an altitude of 6,000 ft msl and regularly hikes in the Rockies. Somehow, we managed to keep up with him.
The last small stretch to the highest turret was the worst. A sharp set of about 1,000 stairs. Brutal. I took them 2 at a time and we at the top shortly. We pased through the last turret and put our bags down. I took out my iPod and checked the stopwatch. 24 minutes, 7 seconds. No wonder I'm sweating like a pig and my knees ache. We just jogged 1.25 miles and gained 1,000 vertical feet in less than a half an hour.
Once at the top, I found a vendor, bought an ice cold bottle of water (which I stupidly didn't bring with me), and emptied it in seconds.
The wind, which brushes up against the mountain, blows onto the wall, coming through the murder holes and breaks in the Wall, felt great against my back while resting.
After a break, the four of us continued along the wall which sloped down, but wasn't too steep. As we were walking, there a few men with a rope blocking off the path, but we could see people on the Wall behind them, past the next turret. They were directing people off the Wall onto a concrete pad along the Wall where the gondola could take people down. We were wondering what to do and someone spotted a pathway along the base of the wall leading in the jungle. We came along a small group of others who were curious as well as to why the Wall was closed off. Another man wasn't letting us through and told that a movie was being filmed, and that we would have to wait 10 minutes until they were done shooting the scene. We were about to turn back when they started letting people through. We climbed the steps back onto the Wall and passed through an active movie set. Kinda cool. I assume the scene they were fiolming was a wedding since there was woman dressed in a white gown, along with a guy in a white tux and a few other dressed nicely, along with the closed turret and the area decorated with flowers, ribbons, and flower pedals. As we were walking through, there was a small group of people huddled around a small monitor. One of them, I assume the director, shouted "No good! Retake." Essentially, we had just been trapped on the other side of the Wall, since they had to do a retake. We waited for them to finish the scene and we passed through once again.
Once we got on the other side, we decided to jog back to the bus. Most of the way back was downhill, making it less tiring, but more painful on my knees, which were already aching. We got back in around half the time it took to get up. We hopped on the bus and headed back towards Beijing.
After that jog, I slept well that night.
I might want to add something about the actual photo...
I really like the angle where it seems as if I wasn't even on the Great Wall at the time. But yes, I was. It was taken from the extension to Turret 11, and odd turret, which sticks out from the rest of the wall. Turret 11 was about a third of the way through our jog to the top.
In the background, the toboggan run and ski lift can be seen.