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Stretching well over 6350 km (3,948 miles) in length, the Great Wall of China is one of the few man-made structures visible from space. The wall follows from east to west, and its history goes back for over 2000 years. While much of the wall has come to ruin, it is one of the most historical architectural design pieces globally and is a must-see when visiting China.


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Somewhere around the 7th century B.C, walls were built to help deter enemies coming from the north. When the Qin Dynasty came to be, the Wall expanded and continued even during the Ming Dynasty. The Great Wall of China was constructed over hills, mountains, and valleys and was built with protection in mind. With signal towers and moats, the Wall helped to keep the dynasties safe. Most of what is left of the Wall today was constructed during the Ming Dynasty and continues to stand the test of time.

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If you plan to visit this wonder of the world, you will find many tours available out of Beijing. Here you will see the Great Wall of China and discover the history behind the wall within the beautiful city and shops. The culture in this part of the world is not only beautiful and historical, but it is also one that you will want to discover on your own. From the myths to the magic, you will be enthralled with everything you find exploring the Wall.

A Tower of the Great Wall of China
A Tower of the Great Wall of China [Report image]

When you visit the Great Wall of China, you must plan your trip to see as much of the Wall as possible. Of course, many such tours are available to you that will allow you to see different sections of the Wall from many other parts of China. Every area will relay another important part of Chinese history and culture to you.

When taking a tour, you'll find the Wall seems like it may be easy to maneuver. The most important thing you can do is take your time. The steps are spread high, and you may find difficulty in climbing them. However, once you get to the top of the section you are exploring, you'll want to stop and take in the scenery around you. It's not only one of the most impressive sites you'll ever see, but you'll also be seeing what the ancient soldiers of China saw so many years before. Coming down, you must take extra care as the stairs come down quite steeply.

You'll find many people have settled down along the way of your exploration and enjoy the entertainment that different locals are providing in the area. You'll see many perform martial arts for the enjoyment of simply introducing others to this part of their culture.

Unfortunately, many sections of the Great Wall of China are no longer seen as they have become ruined over time. If you plan to visit China, make the Great Wall a part of your journey, and it is guaranteed it will be a journey not soon forgotten.

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Quick facts

  • Local name

    Great Wall [長城 (mandarin)]
  • Name meaning

    The Long Wall
  • Size

    6350 km (3,948 miles) long

  • The Great Wall of China is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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