Hello and welcome to Amazing Travel Adventures – Beijing China. This week’s Travel Destination Guide shares The Great Wall, The Forbidden City in Beijing and so much more. So much history. So much amazing architecture. Let’s travel Beijing style!
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is one of the most outstanding creations of this world. A fun fact, the Great Wall is known as the only human-made structure visible from space. It is an old Chinese fortification that was built, and re-built, between the 5th and the 16th century. The main purpose of the wall was to protect the northern border of the Chinese Empire. Currently it stands at about 13,173 miles, or 21,200 kilometers in length. The entire wall spans from the current Korean border all the way to the Gobi desert. Today only about 30% of the original structure remains. The walls size averages 20 feet in height and 15 feet in width, which makes for an amazing place to visit and walk.
Deemed one of the new wonders of the world. The Great Wall of China was awarded the World Heritage Site status by the UNESCO in 1987. This wonder has always been a big tourist attraction with world renown. And the local touristic industry is well developed and offers a number of amenities that you can enjoy when visiting the site. I vote local food and sake!
Due to its enormous length, its winding road over the country and the steep mountains be prepared for some great views. It has an impressive variety of landscapes. The beaches of Qinhuangdao. The mountain range around Beijing. The desert corridor between the high hills in the Jiayu Pass. There is something for everyone exploring the Great Wall.
Nowadays, one of the main tourist entrances is by train. The entrance can be found where a part of the wall was rebuilt to the north of Beijing. It is a section called Badaling. This section divides the dense forest and makes for a spectacular place to walk, take pictures and observe wildlife. Badaling is the section of the Great Wall that has seen the highest amount of restoration. This makes it the best option if you want to see the wall restored to its previous glory. A possible inconvenience with the Badaling section over other sections is that, in tourist season, the amount of people may be overwhelming. So I would recommend visiting this Chinese wonder in the winter months to avoid the crowds and to maximize the chances of get a cheap flight to China.
The City of Beijing
If your plan is to visit the Great Wall of China you might want to plan your vacations around Beijing. In Beijing you can book your hotel and after exploring the Great Wall, you will also want to leave a day or two to wander around the Chinese capital.
The Forbidden City
Since Beijing is one of the most visited cities in the world, you will have no shortage of things to do. Some of the other outstanding places that are definitely worth visiting are the Forbidden City. The Summer Palace. The Temple of Heaven. And so many more. If you are planning a trip, make sure not to leave China before visiting these beauties. The architecture, the history, the beauty, oh my.
In the end a trip to the Great Wall of China monument means much more than just visiting a wall. It is an adventure where you will get to experience a whole different culture. Try their food. View their architecture. Soak in their culture. Did I mention their food?! Visit www.travelchinacheaper.com to start your next vacation or getaway China style.
Amazing Travel Adventures – Beijing China
Thank you for joining me as we explored Amazing Travel Adventures – Beijing China. Together we discovered some of the amazing adventures Beijing has to offer. Let me know if you have visited China before. Did your favorite must see and do adventures make my list? If not, please add in the comments. I love discovering new treasures!
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Until Next Time,
Erin at Wonder Lesch