Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

China’s most iconic sight, the Great Wall of China winds its way through the stark landscapes of north China, roughly tracing the southern edge of Inner Mongolia. In 220 BC Emperor Qin Shi Huang, who united China, began to join together earlier fortifications to create a wall that would keep out marauding hordes from the north. It wasn’t until the Ming dynasty started building between the 14th and 17th centuries that the wall we see today started to take shape.

Stretching from Shanhaiguan on the Bohai Sea to Lop Lake in the Gobi Desert – around 4,000 miles, the wall has long been seen as a symbol of power and strength, but also as a barrier between China and the rest of the world. It was given UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1987. There are many sections of the wall easily accessible from Beijing – whether you want an easy walk and well preserved, or a slightly wilder, snaking-through-the-barren-hills type experience, the Great Wall can only be one of the most exciting, magnificent and unbelievable things you’ll ever see.

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holiday duration 10 Days from
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The quintessential experience, this introductory tour offers a glimpse of China’s glorious past, fascinating present and bright future with visits to the exceptional and contrasting cities of Xian, Beijing and Shanghai.

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China is a land of many wonders – ancient and modern, natural and man-made. This hugely popular tour is a comprehensive journey through China’s most iconic sights from the magnificent Great Wall to the mighty Yangtze River.

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Spend more time hiking on the Great Wall and through the beautiful Rice Terraces of Longji on this active tour of China. Soak up the simple rural beauty of Yangshuo, the history of Xian, the majesty of Beijing and the fast pace of dazzling Shanghai.

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Five Sections Of
The Great Wall of China

The first of the sections to be opened to visitors and restored in the 1980s, Badaling is the easiest section of the wall to reach from Beijing and the most popular. It has many facilities and amenities including hotels, restaurants and a cable car

Winding up and over a great mountain pass, the Juyongguan section was rebuilt by the Ming over the ruins of a 5th century wall. A walk along the wall here may present a greater challenge but the views are spectacular

Meandering through the hills 40 miles from Beijing, Huanghuachang is known for being particularly spectacular. Only partially restored, this section can give a glimpse at the wall’s original 16th century structure

One of the best preserved parts of the wall, Mutianyu is particularly fascinating due to its many watch towers. Surrounded by fragrant forest, this section is popular due to its cable car, toboggan ride and chairlift

The farthest section from Beijing, Jinshanling winding wall passes through stark yet magnificent surroundings. A cable car has been recently built that can carry you up to the highest point, from where the views are breathtaking


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