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Why You Should Put Great Wall on Your Bucket List

As we all know, Beijing is a city of diversity and contrasts, with historical and culture treasures dotting every corner of the sprawling metropolis. There are many historical sights worth exploring while visiting Beijing, but the Great Wall is second to none!

Graet Wall in Beijing

Long-standing Historic Value
During the Spring and Autumn Warring States period, the kings gave orders to build the Great Wall in order to defend the invasion of other countries. The construction of Beacon Tower, together with the walls joined together, formed the earliest Great Wall. Later the successive kings also reinforced and restored the Great Wall. The Great Wall has a history of tens of thousands of years, hence the name of the Great Wall. According to records, the construction of the Great Wall took nearly a million workers to complete, which accounted for 1/20 of the total population. There was no machinery available back then, all completed by manpower, built on high mountains and lofty hills, as well as steep cliff - very difficult to climb up. The Great Wall can be dated back to the Spring and Autumn period, but today it generally refers to the Great Wall built in the Ming Dynasty. Visitors to the Great Wall from home and abroad are all amazed by its grand scale, solidity and its significance. It embodies the wisdom of the ancients, willpower, perseverance and endurance of the Chinese nation. Therefore, the Great Wall is not only a rare historical treasure of China, but also the pride of the whole world.

Incredible Hiking Experience
No other outdoor exercise beats the hiking on the Great Wall! There are many sections of the wall to explore – the well restored, the off the beaten path sections, crumbling ruins – all very impressive and enchanting! With a hiking on the wall, all you have to do is just enjoy yourself with the outdoors, the fresh air as well as the splendid stone paths. Ever since the Great Wall was opened to the tourists, the Great Wall hiking has become one of the most popular things to do in Beijing. No matter which section you are heading to, especially those remote sections, the crumbling trails are very popular with backpackers and travelers from home and abroad. You can easily spend the best part of your day exploring the amazing engineering feat of China with a hiking!

Overall, the Great Wall is not to be missed while visiting Beijing!