Great Wall of China is considered as one of the world wonders. Just being there and experiencing this massive construction, amidst an unparalleled natural beauty, is a life experience you never forget.
We’ve been there, the following day after visiting the Forbidden City in Beijing.
The Great Wall was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1987.
In the past, many claimed that it is one of the few human constructions that can be seen from space with naked eye. However, that myth is busted long ago.
The Great Wall of China is huge, lengthy, beautiful but its walls are not so wide to occupy the space needed to be seen from space.
History behind the Great Wall of China
It goes 2300 years back in history around 770 BC.
The Wall was constantly built and expanded during the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC), the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD), the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Reconstruction works started in 1957.
The Great Wall of China was build to prevent invasions and to also protect Silk Road trade.
It consists of really big and tall walls, watchtowers and fortresses. It was a complete military defensive system.
Despite the huge reconstruction efforts, around 30% of the Wall is gone in our days. That 30% equals to 2000 km of wall length. You can do the math of the total length now.
The most famous entry points for the Great Wall are Mutianyu, Jinshanling & Jiankou.
Interesting facts to know for the Great Wall of China
The official length of the Wall is 21,196.18 km (that is 13,170.7 mi)
The Ming Great Wall goes through 9 Provinces & Municipalities: Beijing, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Ningxia, Gansu, Liaoning, Hebei, Tianjin.
The most visited section is Badaling.
The average height of the Great Wall: At Badaling & Juyong Pass the height comes up to 7.88 mt. The highest place comes up to 14 mt.
No further construction/expansion works happened to the wall after the overthrown of the Ming Dynasty, apart from restoration works.
The Great Wall does not come in a straight continuous line.
Instead, there are circular walls, side, and parallel walls, while at some points nature comes to complete the fortification with mountains and rivers.
One of the construction materials that was used to bind the bricks was glutinous rice flour.
How to get to the Great Wall of China
The wall takes around 70.000 visitors per day and they come from all over the world to admire it.
We entered the Great Wall from Mutianyu at the Huairou District. We took a taxi from Beijing to get there (around 1.5 hours) but there are also buses to get you there too.
When you arrive you get a ticket and board on a shuttle bus for a 10 minutes drive to take you to the funicular entrance.
That one takes around 3-4 minutes to take you to the top.
For those who want to hike the way up, there is a marked path/route.
If in China this is a must-see and we hope you enjoy it.
When you go come back and tell us how it felt.