Chairman Mao said:
Only if you have
climbed the Great Wall will you become a real man.
THE GREAT WALL
matter how much the first time visitor to the wall has read, or how many
photographs have been seen, nothing can compare to seeing the real thing.
Absolutely amazing. he wall runs approximately 4,000 miles across China
from the sea in the east to the far provinces in the west.
The Great Wall construction was begun during the Warring States Period
of the 5th century as three separate walls each as a defense from northern
nomadic tribes and each other. In the 3rd century BC Qin Shi Huang unified
China and he had the walls linked and extended. He is considered the First
Emperor of China.
Since then, and through the Ming Dynasty, the wall was strengthened and
extended. From the 17th century on the wall was left to deteriorate. Peasants
in remote provinces stole bricks for building materials The Manchus, invaders
from the north, now ruled China during the Qing Dynasty.
There are several restored Great Wall sites within easy driving from the
Badaling in Yanqing County
Mutianyu in Huairou County
Simatai in Miyun County
Badaling is by far the most crowded and touristy. There is a cable car
to assist visitors in their climb.
Simatai has no cable car and thus requires more physical stamina to climb
to the heights. It has fewer visitors. Not
all of the accessible area has been restored, thus could be a problem
for older visitors.
Mutianyu has a cable car and is more accessible to climbers. This site
is preferred by individual travelers.
Lots of shops and peddlers abound at all restored wall sections. It is
a fact of life. Recently other restored areas have opened as well. Many
combine a trip to the Great Wall with the Ming Tombs tour.
All the sites are heavily visited by Chinese citizens and visitors as
it is so revered in China's turbulent history.
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