Great Wall of China

This is one of the most iconic sights in the world and top of the list for most people’s visit to China. Is it as good as everyone says it is? Absolutely! Nothing compares to standing atop of 2,300 years of history, the longest wall in the world, and surveying the land around you. Equally epic in winter and summer, the barren emptiness during cold weather makes you feel like you have the entire wall to yourself, but the greenery present in the warmer months is visually stunning. There are many different parts of the wall, and if you’re keen on using the giant toboggan slide to reach the bottom (and why wouldn’t you be?) make sure you leave via the Mutianyu section. You can also find a cable car there. The easiest way to visit the wall is with a private tour and many incorporate the slide as part of the trip.

Rise early on the second day for a tour to the Great Wall of China at Badaling, 43 miles northwest of Beijing, taking in the Ming Tombs. If you have time, book lunch or enjoy sundowner drinks on the terrace of Commune by the Great Wall with views over the Shuiguan Valley.

The Great Wall stretches over 20,000 kilometers which means you can choose to visit different sections throughout the country. My recommendation is the Mutianyu Great Wall section, that’s due to many different factors; 1) it is close to Beijing (60km), 2) it is very well preserved compared to other sections and 3) it has less tourists than other sections. It costs 40 Yuan ($6) for the entrance ticket which is great value. Open 8am - 6pm.

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