The Great Wall of China is one of the greatest sights in the world. It is the longest wall in the world. An awe- inspiring feat of ancient defensive architecture.
It has a stunning array of scenery from the beaches of Qinhuangdao, to rugged mountains around Beijing, to a desert corridor between tall mountain ranges.
- Location: Northern China
- History: more than 2,300 years
The ”Long Wall” has a long history, more than 2,300 years. It was built in different areas by different dynasties to protect different territorial borders.
It’s often said that the First Emperor Qin built the Great Wall, but he was not the first to build it.
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The majestic Great Wall was built with wisdom, dedication, blood, sweat and tears. Families were separated, and many workers died and were interred as part of The Great Wall itself.
Workers such as soldiers, peasants, rebels, etc..
It was made of stone, soil and bricks. The materials were delivered by hand, rope, cart and goats.
HOW TALL IS THE GREAT WALL
The height of the Great Wall is 5-8 meters (16-26 feet), where intact/restored. It was designed to be at least three times the height of a men.
Some of the wall was built along ridges, which make it look taller.
STARTING AND ENDING POINT
Traditionally the Great Wall of China starts at Shanhaiguan aka. The First Pass Under Heaven in Qinhuangdao Prefecture, Hebei Province about 300km due east of Beijing.
More exactly, it ends a few miles down the road at the Old Dragon’s Head which is where the wall actually goes into the sea.
Traditionally the other end is at Jiayuguan aka. First and Greatest Pass Under Heaven which is in Gansu some 1,500 km west of Beijing.
GREAT WALL SECTIONS
Though the Great Wall is over 6,000 kilometers long, the best 10 sections to visit are near Beijing.
1 . Mutianyu – the most magnificent fully restored
Mutianyu is a section of the Great Wall of China located in Huairou County 70 km northeast of central Beijing. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs.
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2 . Jinshanling – most popular Great Wall hiking route
Jinshanling, is a section of the Great Wall of China located in the mountainous area in Luanping County, Hebei Province, 125 km northeast of Beijing. This section of the wall is connected with the Simatai section to the east. Some distance to the west lies the Mutianyu section. Jinshanling section of the wall was built from 1570 CE during the Ming Dynasty.
3 . Jiankou – totally wild; the most challenging/steep section
Jiankou is a section of the Great Wall of China. This section is a photographic hotspot due to its unique style, steep mountains and beautiful scenery.
The Jiankou section of the Great Wall of China is located in the Huairou District 73 km north of Beijing. The Jiankou section of the wall was constructed in 1368 during the period of the Ming Dynasty. It is made of large light colored rocks which can be seen from a great distance.
4 . Simatai – the only section opened for a night tour
Simatai , a section of the Great Wall of China located in the north of Miyun County, 120 km northeast of Beijing. It was closed in June 2010 but has been reopened to tourists in 2014.
The section was originally built during the Northern Qi dynasty (550–577) and rebuilt during the Hongwu Emperor’s reign during the Ming dynasty.
5 . Huanghuacheng – unique wall
Huanghuacheng is located in Beijing.
6 . Gubeikou – Wild Wall, Ancient Battle Site
Gubeikou is a town of Miyun District in northeastern Beijing. The area is one of the important passes of the Great Wall of China, serving as an ancient chokepoint for travelers between the Northeast and Beijing.
7 . Juyongguan – one of the greatest Great Wall forts
Juyong Pass is a mountain pass located in the Changping District of Beijing Municipality, over 50 kilometers (31 mi) from central Beijing. The Great Wall of China passes through, and the Cloud Platform was built here in the year 1342.
8 . Huangyaguan – an annual Great Wall marathon race site
Huangyaguan is a small section of the Great Wall of China located in the north of Ji County, Tianjin municipality, approximately 78 miles (126 km) north of urban Tianjin city.
The pass is a major tourist attraction within Tianjin and was listed as a site of relics protection in 1986.
Huangyaguan was originally built over 1400 years ago.
9 . Shanhai Pass – where the Great Wall meets the sea
Shanhai Pass is one of the major passes in the Great Wall of China. It is located in Shanhaiguan Distric.In 1961, the pass was selected as a National Cultural Site of China. It is a popular tourist destination at the eastern terminal point of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall. The pass lies nearly 300 kilometres (190 mi) east of Beijing and is linked via the Jingshen Expressway that runs northeastward to Shenyang.
10 . Badaling – the most popular section among Chinese tourists
Badaling is the site of the most visited section of the Great Wall of China, approximately 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Beijing city. The portion of the wall running through the site was built in 1504 during the Ming Dynasty. The highest point of Badaling is Beibalou, approximately 1,015 metres (3,330 ft) above sea level.
What is the best time to visit the Great Wall?
The Great Wall offer timeless charm to tourists, but scenery varies with seasons. Visit it in different time you will get a quite different scene.
The ideal months for the Great Wall walking and hiking are spring, early summer and autumn – later March, April, May, June, September, October and early November.
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