The Spectacular Great Wall of China
Even visible from space, the Great Wall of China is possibly the most famous landmark in the world. The Ming Dynasty built the largest sections of the wall to repel Mongolian raids, repairing it many times over the centuries. Originally, it was thought that the wall was 5,500 miles long; however, in 2012 a new survey found that the wall was much longer. The original estimates were based on historical records and only on the sections built by the Ming Dynasty from 1368, but the survey tells us that the wall was in fact over 21,000 miles long. Millions flock every year to see and walk the Great Wall, and when in China on your next trip, it is certainly something that should be at the top of your list.
Visiting this monumental Chinese structureThere are several segments of the Great Wall surrounding Beijing, which you can visit by using the city bus services. Five of these sections, Badaling, Jinshanling, Juyongguan, Simatai and Mutianyu, are open to the public. If you don’t go with a guide, note that fees will be charged at the entrance to the wall.
Take a tourDay tours of the Great Wall of China can be booked in advance, allowing you to plan ahead. In most cases, you will be picked up from your hotel by coach and transported to the wall with a small group. English-speaking tour guides will accompany you and teach you even more about this awesome structure. The drive to Mutianyu will take around 2 hours but this section of the wall has been completely restored so you can experience the sites in all their glory. If you would like to pair your trip with some other sightseeing, then book a private tour at Front Desk. On their tour, you will be taken to the Forbidden City, see Tiananmen Square and hike at Muitanyu.
After a long day exploring the Great Wall, you can relax and unwind at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Beijing. The hotel is right near the downtown area, meaning a room here will put you in reach of the best the center has to offer.