Great Wall of China

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The Great Wall of China is rumored to be so large that it is visible from outer space, stretching about 4,000 miles (6,300 kilometers) across gorgeous Chinese landscapes. The Great Wall is considered one of mankind's greatest engineering feats and a testament to the strength of ancient civilizations. Tour this beautiful monument and enjoy breathtaking views in a place rich with history and culture.

There are a half dozen sections of the 3,852-mile Great Wall within an hour or two of Beijing, but the restored sections of Badaling, Mutianyu, and Jinshanling are the most popular. Consider combining a Great Wall tour with a visit to the nearby Ming Tombs— two of the best things to do in China.

The Great Wall Marathon caps out at 2500 participants a year. What a great way to experience this wold wonder and the surrounding villages and towns.

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.

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.

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