"It gives you a perspective on a lot of day to day things that don't amount to much," the president said.
Asked if the harsh weather reminded him of Chicago, he said, "It does feel the same, doesn't it."
He gazed out at the snow specked landscape, accompanied by a large contingent of Chinese guides, Secret Service and White House officials, including Lawrence Summers, David Axelrod, Robert
Gibbs, Ben Rhodes, and Pete Rouse.
“It’s majestic,’’ the president said of the Wall. "It reminds you of the sweep of history. And that our time here on earth is not that long. So we better make the best of it.’’
The president has since left China.
Air Force One touched down at Osan Air Base, in Seoul, South Korea, shorty after 5:30 am ET.