Great Wall of China

The Great Wall
The Great Wall is the largest man-made item o­n the planet. Considered o­ne of the great wonders of the world, it attracts thousands of visitors every year.

History and Facts of the Great Wall

Extending about 5,500 miles, it took years to complete the building of this structure and more than a million people died. Over time, three Walls were built, though little remains of the original two. The first wall was built around 700 B.C., the second wall between 200 B.C. and 220 A.D., and the third was a rebuilding of the original walls, between 1368 and 1644 A.D. The creation of the Great Wall effectively united China.

Tours

There are several popular Great Wall Tours, offered at different times throughout the year. Since the Wall is thousands of miles long, none travel the length of the wall. However, many day trips offered of the Great Wall include the opportunity to explore nearby towns and gain a larger perspective of China.

Some cities where day tours are offered of the wall, complete with a meal and a guide for under $100 per person, include:

Badaling: Visitors experience mountain scenery surrounded by life-size statues of animals and people, and visit the Ding mausoleum.

Jinshanling and Simatai: Here, visitors can see watchtowers o­n a less-crowded, partially-restored section of the wall.

Juyongguan: This portion of the wall has been a pass through the mountains to Beijing for centuries. It connects with the Badaling portion of the wall.

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The Great Wall
isitors not interested in hiking can bike along the Badaling and Juyongguan portions of the wall, also visiting the Ming Tombs.

A visit to China isn't complete without a stop at the Great Wall. The view offers perspectives of China, with the Wall snaking over rivers and through mountains further than the eye can see.