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Walking the Great Wall Overview
- 2012-01-01 - 2013-12-31
Discover China’s Great Wall and walk along some of its remotest sections
From Beijing, discover the iconic Great Wall of China. Walk, climb and scramble over ancient sections of the wall, witness incredible views over the expansive Chinese landscape, visit Jiankou, Gubeikou, Jinshangling, Miyun and Huangyaguan to walk along some of the wall’s restored and unrestored parts, stay with a local family and experience Chinese culture and history on this unique walking adventure.
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Beijing has a long and colourful history and this rapidly modernising city is an amazing whirl of ancient sites, modern buildings, bicycles, people, shops and eateries.
Snaking over the landscape for 8,851 km, the building of China's Great Wall started in the 5th century BC with the aim of protecting China's northern borders from invading Mongolian hordes. Known as the 'wild wall' due to its original, unpreserved condition, Jiankou is a photographer's dream thanks to its steep mountains and beautiful scenery.
One of the most intact and well-preserved sections of the wall, Gubeikou has always had great military significance due to its strategic position in the defences of China's capital.
Jinshanling is a mountainous area with an attractive section of the Great Wall, which zigzags up the steep terrain and straddles peaks like a suspension bridge.
A peaceful area not far from Beijing, Miyun has many picturesque spots to explore including the Miyun Reservoir and the impressive Simatai Great Wall.
One of the longest restored sections of the wall, Huangyaguan has a variety of fortifications, including the largest tower on the Great Wall - 'Phoenix Tower'.
This populous Chinese city can trace its origins back to the 11th century BC. With an energy that exists little place else, Beijing will no doubt leave you breathless.
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