Great Wall of China, Beijing

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    Mutianyu Great Wall, way to the wall
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    The Great Wall

    by apbeaches Updated Aug 6, 2015

    The Great Wall, one of the greatest wonders of the world, was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. Just like a gigantic dragon, it winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 13,170 miles from east to west of China.

    With a history of more than 2,000 years, some of the sections are now in ruins or have disappeared. However, it is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance.

    Wearing comfortable sneakers is a must as the steps and wall are cracked and irregular. We wore shorts and light clothing in the summer carrying water. Many carried umbrellas to shield themselves from the hot sun. Besides the touristiest Badaling and Jinshanling, Mutianyu, Simatai, Gubeikou in Beijing, the Chinese government has also opened other sections to visitors, such as Huangyaguan in Tianjin, Shanhaiguan in Hebei Province and Jiayuguan in Gansu Province. However, visiting all of the sections is virtually impossible unless you have all the means and time at your disposal. Cable cars are only available in Badaling, Mutianyu, Simatai and Jinshanling sections.

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    Steep climbing

    by Zirpsis Updated Jul 22, 2015

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    Dating back to 700 B.C. the Great Wall of China is one of the marvels of the world. It has very steep steps and you should wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots. It's also often very windy so remember to keep warm! I thought it was incredibly annoying that there were so many local sales people trying to sell their trinkets to the tourists. Just would have been so much better experience for me without them.

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    Have a Picture in Great Wall

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 16, 2014

    included is the certificate that you have visited a Unesco World Heritage Site and this picture taking with souvenir is available at the various sections of the Great Wall around Beijing like in Juyongguan Section or Badaling Section and Mutianyu Section, etc. Usually a friend of your tour guide will take a picture of you and your group and then after hiking and walking around the Great Wall, will offer you the picture with a certificate (see my pictures) and they would cost around 80 RMB for it (via haggling as they can charge up to 120 RMB per person).

    Go ahead and buy the souvenir if you want one too.

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    the Chinese Weapons at the Great Wall

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 14, 2014

    In some of the Battlements (towers) of the various great wall sections North Of Beijing (Juyongguan, Badaling, Simatai, Mutianyu, etc) you can find assorted weapons used by the imperial chinese army to Defend the Great Wall up to the Ming Dynasty (off course the last dynasty, the Qing Dynasty has no use for the great wall as they were the ones being prevented by the great wall to enter china but they succeeded anyway due to the Li Zicheng Rebellion of the Ming Dynasty in 1644 AD(. These include chinese short bow arrows and long bow arrows, various kinds of spears, broad swords, axe and a variety of double use farm implements that can be used as weapons.

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    Activities in the Great Wall

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 14, 2014

    you can buy souvenirs, eat, smoke, hike, bike, sleep overnight at a hotel and more.

    All The famous Great Wall Sections near to Beijing like Juyongguan Pass, Badaling, Mutianyu and Simatai have lots of souvenir stands and snack stands and an army of vendors. some have even hotels and inns for guests who want to do a multi day tours of the Great Wall. Just be sure to know how to haggle if buying souvenir items here as they can inflate the priced of goods up to 200 percent if you are not good at haggling.

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  • Interesting but hard to climb.

    by oleliste Written Aug 24, 2014

    When visiting the wall, I recommend to take a guided tour as they can get much closer with their buses than you can. There is a lot of walking involved and millions of stairs that are very rough and steep. Definitely not for people with heart or walking problems. Buy a postcard. Expect a lot of people there. I have done it but will not do it again.

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    World wonder! The Great Wall of China !

    by loja Written Sep 4, 2013

    I should say something about the Great Wall, yes?! ... Well, of course , 1000 % you should visit it! No matter, which part of the wall you will choose , you will be amazed! This is something you will never forget! Even when we went to the Badaling , it was rainy but we still liked it a lot.

    Start of the Great Wall was from the 3rd century BC. So this is SUPER historical and old place, as whole China.

    Ticket to Mutianyu cost 80 Yuan including cable car when you get up and cable car/ride on the skid when you get down. Choose skid! You will remmember this skidding for the long time. You can see it on my photo.

    This is unforgettable experience but please be ready to walk and sometimes to ''climb'', so it will not be easy ;-)

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    Great Wall Travel in China

    by YoungQ Written Jan 9, 2013

    I think it is worth of visiting Beijing during traditional Spring Festival in Beijing, when a number of funny and impressive activities are available, and I think Beijing is the best place for the foreigners to experience an authentic Chinese culture. the Great Wall is truly a world-famous attraction that's worth of your time.
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    Great Wall Travel in China

    by YoungQ Written Jan 9, 2013

    I think it is worth of visiting Beijing during traditional Spring Festival in Beijing, when a number of funny and impressive activities are available, and I think Beijing is the best place for the foreigners to experience an authentic Chinese culture. the Great Wall is truly a world-famous attraction that's worth of your time.

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    Greatwall: Don´t go during the summer

    by javierengonga Written Apr 30, 2012

    I´ve been to the Greatwall around 5 times and personally i think that the worst season to go there is during the Summer, or during a Chinese national holiday. Beijing is normally a crowded city per se but a crowded Greatwall is something else, specially thanks to the literally millions of chinese tourists from other provinces who will spend more of their precious time taking pictures at YOU, yes.
    Please take care of your wallet and for Christ´s shake don´t take any valuables with you. It takes normally a holiday to visit the GW, arrive there, (leaving early in the morning) and spend the day there and then get bank to the city.

    Still, is a wonderful place to visit.

    Chilling at the Greatwall..
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    The Wall

    by boltonian Updated Aug 20, 2011

    Give yourself plenty of time. It can take hours to reach the Wall due to traffic. There are several locations, the nearest is the main tourist one (Badaling). Here the wall is complete (but has been heavily restored). Choose here if you want to walk several miles of the wall. If you would rather see it in the original and crumbling shape, go to the more isolated ones. However, without a tour group, this might be difficult to reach.

    I was impressed with my time on the wall, but it is rather false and modern and very busy. It is hard work climbing the steep steps. Your legs will ache for days. Not good when trying to sprint down the platform to catch a train.

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    The great wall

    by jonkb Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    "He who has not climbed the great wall is not a true man" Mao Zedong.

    Although I tend not to agree with chairman Mao, I must agree to that statement, now that I've climbed the wall myself ;-)

    The wall began as several walls for different states. It was the emperor Qin Shihuang who succeeded to join the walls together. Ever since then the wall has been a symbol for China.

    Construction was mainly done with local recourses, by soldiers, prisoners and locals, and took several generations. Some would be forced to leave home for several years to work on the wall, never knowing if they would survive long enough to see their family again.

    The wall is considered one of the greatest wonders of the world and is on UNESCOs list of World Heritage since 1987. Some of its 6,700 kilometers is in pretty bad shape, but quite a lot of it has also been restored into its former glory.

    It is said that the wall is the only building you can see from space. This is however a myth: The wall might be long, but it isn't thick enough for that. You can see the wall on several places. I was at Badaling, witch is a well-restored part of the wall. However you have the feeling of walking with half a million people while pushing away those pesty street sellers.

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    China's Wonder

    by dimanche Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Need I say more? The Great Wall of China is the only piece of infrastructure that can be seen from outer space without the telescopes and satellite things. To me, it is the greatest wonder in the world, don't even mention the 7 wonders. It is the most majestic structure I have ever seen and the amazing thing is I can't even imagine how they built it. It is a important part of China's history. Many have conquered Everest, North and South poles, Antartica and the Artic. Perhaps the greatest challenge left is to finish scaling all the 10000 miles of the invincible Great Wall.

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    The Great Wall

    by txtinner Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Don't miss seeing the Great Wall.
    Ask to see the section that has the two Gondalas. Ride the highest one up to the wall, and take a tour towards the east untill you come to the LUGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Pay your 40RMB, get on the slide, and make sure no-one is in front of you. You'll want to go back if your in for excitement.
    I want to get a group to go up at night with carbine lights on your head.

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    Great Wall

    by bonio Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Well I think this must be the No 1 attraction in Beijing and a high percentage of visitors must visit. The scale is hard to comprehend and obviously we only saw a tiny part of it. We were taken to Juyongguan, about one hour from our hotel, a freezing December morning, about -8 degrees C, we were almost the only visitors, in the summer the weather is better but the crowds are huge we were told, we can do cold!!
    A warning the steps are uneven and some very steep, to climb anywhere near to the top you need to be pretty fit and surefooted. Almost made it but was about knackered by that time!.
    One of life's great must sees I think.

    a cold Mrs Bonio!

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