The Great Wall of China – a magnificent Man Made Wonder and an inspiring structure that whole world knows about. Aliens probably know about it too since the wall is so huge that you can see it all the way from space! Okay, it turns out that this is actually a myth – but the wall truly is unbelievably massive. The Great Wall is such an extreme act of man kind that over one million people died in the process of building it.
Visiting the Great Wall of China is an amazing experience but it is hard to grasp the sheer size of the wall whilst standing on it. Not even from space could you appreciate its size and the amount of work that went into creating the longest man-made structure in the world. However – while on earth – you should definitely make an effort to go see the Great Wall of China for yourself. To do this I recommend heading to Beijing. From there, there are a few options – they are the following:
This section of the wall is the most popular for Chinese tourists – so be ready for the crowds and for lots of people asking to take your picture if you come here. However, because it is so popular, it is easily accessible and has cable cars to take you up to and down from the wall.
To get to to Badaling you can book a tour through the many, many tour operators in Beijing (you will see them around tourist hot-spots) or you can get there yourself following these directions.
Myuang is the is the option that I chose. This part of the wall is only a half hour farther out of Beijing than Badaling. This section is visited more by foreign tourists and less by Chinese. I chose this part of the wall for two reasons.
- It offers a more scenic view than Badaling.
- It is way less busy. I was there in low season but I couldn’t believe how few people there were around- it was wonderful!
When I was in China I happened to have a broken toe (that’s a whole other story), but was still determined to see the Great Wall of China. When would I get this opportunity again? Myuang was great for me as a cripple because it wasn’t busy and it is also said to be the most ‘child-friendly’ part of the wall.
Another perk about Myuang is that it has a cable car to take you up and down. But the BEST part of all?! Wait for it – they have a slide down!
If you don’t have a broken toe – or any other physical disabilities – you have the option to hike up the side of the mountain to reach the well. However, if you have joined a tour they may not allocate time for this. As well, hiking up in the midst of China’s hot and humid summer would be brutal. If you do decide to hike up, I strongly urge you to slide down – it is quite possibly the coolest place in the world to have a slide.
* I had a great video of me sliding down the Great Wall of China but I lost my action camera in India. Here is someone else’s video I will share with you instead.
If you want to visit the rugged un-touched section of the wall that has not been rebuilt then this is it. The drive here is far though – about four hours out of Beijing, making it one of the least touristy parts of the wall. Obviously this takes a lot more dedication to visit but you can book a tour to help you out.
This is also a great website listing every single possibility for visiting the Great Wall from Beijing if you really want to go exploring.
Here’s a tip!
If you want to make a quick stop in China to visit the Great Wall you may not even need a visa! Read here to find out how to enter China without a visa.