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Great Wall

North of Beijing, Beijing, 11 China
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    The Vacation Rental Travel Guide
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    5 Jul 13, 2014

    This was THE highlight of my trip to China! Something very magical about being that high up in the mountains. It is a trek, for sure, and be sure to wear your hiking shoes. Be aware of the many steps as they are different sizes and shapes. I encountered probably 100 year old Chinese woman on the way up who wanted to take her photo with me, and I was delighted to do so. This was one of the most exciting attractions I have visited in all of my travels. If you are in in the Bejing area, do not miss this!

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    Daniel
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    5 Mar 28, 2014

    No trip would be complete without a hike on the great wall. Some say that to truly be a man, you have to climb and see the great wall. Chances are good that you will head to Mutianyu, which is the most popular (touristic) section of the wall.

    The scenery is fantastic on a good day (which can be a hit/miss depending on the time of year you visit the wall).

    Ticket prices are not negotiable but rest assure there will be vendors located at the base and on the wall waiting to gauge you with tshirts and refreshments (to be fair the vendors at the top of the wall are generally sherpa's and farmers.. so even though the pricing is abit steep, rest assured the money goes far for them)

    There are many ways of going up/down the wall depending on the section of the wall. From slides, wired cars to ski lifts are readily available (for a price) to take you up and down from the wall.

    This is definitely a must see. I highly recommend that you take a tour (although the alternative version would be to take a private taxi (black cab) but leave that for seasonal beijingers that can obtain a good bargain).

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    Steph Uniacke
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    5 Nov 17, 2013

    A one of a kind experience is to do an overnight hiking trip on the Great Wall of China. Sleep under the stars in an ancient guard tower or in a tent on the edge of the wall.

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    Stanley Chan
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    5 Nov 14, 2013

    After lunch at a local restaurant where we had goose hot pot and kung pao goose, we took a scenic drive through the countryside and mountains to reach China's most renowned monument - the Great Wall. The wall was begun in the 5th century BC to keep out foreign invaders. Construction continued for centuries, eventually linking up the walls of the former independent kingdoms. The Great Wall meanders through China's northern mountain ranges from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert - a distance of over 3500 miles! Chairman Mao once said "You haven't walked on the Wall, you haven't been a good Chinese." We climbed a section of the Great Wall at Badaling, and it certainly was a difficult hike! The Great Wall is very steep, and with uneven steps meandering up the mountain-side, the way up was difficult and the way down was even more haphazard (thank you, rails)!!! Once you're at the top of some of the battlements, you totally get a sense of the enormity of the ancient edifice, and marvel at one of humankind's greatest achievements! There's even a section at the Great Wall, where they offer slide cars, that go down the mountain next to the walls. What's next? A giant water slide!?!

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    Frances Nguyen
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    5 Aug 19, 2014

    The Great Wall is huge and goes on and on. It's hard not to go here and not be impressed by the grandeur and scale of the place. The constant presence of tourists can be annoying after a while, so if you're going to go, then arrive early in the morning when there is barely anyone around. Also, go to a different section of the wall besides Badaling.

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    Wana Ursiripant
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    5 Mar 27, 2014

    Today, the Great Wall of China. Not only the splendor of it that attracts visitors from around the world. But its also the cultural and historical importance of China. Leading experts in various fields to study and research the Chinese government has been working to protect and restore this long wall.

    I saw many children in local and foreign took their little steps up to the top. My second time of the Great Wall took longer time from the first. That's a way to check your healthy from these all steps.

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    Mel S Wong
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    5 Apr 21, 2013

    AMAZING human feat so amazing it was the first manmade structure that was visible from space and this wall is over thousands of years old. Today it is as magnificent as it probably once was due to more awareness to preserve and protect it.

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    Fabiana Meira Pires Azevedo
    5 Mar 24, 2013

    One of the greatest things I've ever seen. It's unbelievable how long it is and how steep some sections are. I visited the Great Wall when it was covered in snow and it was gorgeous. You can get there by bus (around 350 Yuan), by train or if you want to take your time just take a cab (around 700-800 Yuan). It's definitely worth the visit.

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    Maayan
    5 Mar 18, 2013

    Yes it is very long. I am a little short so some climbing was a bit challenging for me because the stairs are high. Amazing ! don't miss it!

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    Albert Qian
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    5 Feb 19, 2013

    Whereas Badaling might be where everyone goes, this segment of the Great Wall is far quieter and in many ways more pristine. If you want a better experience where you aren't pushed out of the way and marketed a camel ride I would suggest coming here!

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    Jen H
    5 Jan 17, 2013

    It can snow and the sun can beat down here at the Great Wall, so make sure you are prepared! The steps are all uneven to give you a great workout At every mark, there's a photo opportunity.

    There's tons of tourist here and its pretty much unavoidable. The great wall is something you have to do once in your lifetime! So go!!!

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    Timo
    4 Jan 09, 2013

    La muralla en sí, por lo menos a mí, no me impresionó. Es decir, lo que tiene de impresionante es su gran extensión, pero lógicamente eso solo se ve únicamente desde google earth! Igualmente, es una muy buena experiencia. Conocer uno de los emblemas de China y respirar su historia. Además tiene un plus físico (que a mi me gusta pero puede que a algunas personas no): es un desafío subir los escalones!

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    Kim L. "Lady Boss"
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    5 Dec 20, 2012

    The views were spectacular; amazing history how this was built...can be seen from space.

    Steps are very steep, great work out =)

    To go there you can take a bus from Beijing, it take 3 hours to arrive.

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    Georgina Iraheta
    5 Nov 27, 2012

    Awesome! Don't be intimidated by the crowds, just keep walking. Being there was just an amazing feeling and the view was impressive.

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    Joseph Coureur
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    5 Oct 05, 2012

    The Great Wall is amazing, not only for its history, that its still standing, or how long it stretches. The views from the wall are spectacular.

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    Silvia Ho
    5 Aug 30, 2012

    Incredible, we arrived early in the morning and went back after one hour, you can only walk short distances, there are lot of stairs, so be prepare!

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    Lin Hong
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    5 Aug 21, 2012

    The Great Wall of China, also known in China as the Great Wall of 10,000, is an ancient Chinese fortification built from the end of the 14th century until the beginning of the 17th century, during the Ming Dynasty, in order to protect China from raids by the Mongols and Turkic tribes.

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    Victor Yu
    5 Jul 06, 2012

    Its been said you are not a real chinese until you have climbed the Great Wall. Well my friends and i trekked thought it in the snow. Afterwards we got foot massages to heal our tired feet. Unforgettable experience!

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    Lorraine Hanks
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Beautiful to see in a lifetime. Air was really dirty when I was there in May 2012 and it was hard to see parts of the wall. Worth a visit if you go to Beijing. Get a private tour guide and driver. Worth the money!

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    Margaret Seelie
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    You know how they say you can see The Great Wall from space, well after hiking it for a day, I believe it! I was really glad a friend told me about The Secret Great Wall Tour that took me far from the refurbished, touristy section of the wall to a remote, crumbling masterpiece. The Wall slithers through the Chinese countryside like a colosal snake frozen by Medusa. The Great Wall is truly supernatural.

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The Great Wall of China is actually a misnomer. The series of walls, the first attempt made in the 5th century BC and improved upon until the 1500's, kept out various invading tribes and enemies throughout the centuries. The Great Wall stretches from the Liáoníng province to Jiāyùguān in the Gobi Desert, with almost 4000 miles of wall along a 5500-mile route. While much of the wall has been destroyed or is threatened from weather or road-building construction, the sectoins near Beijing are well maintained. UNESCO designated the structure a World Heritage Site in 1987.

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