UNESCO Hunt #14 : The Great Wall of China

 

UNESCO Sites #438 says:

“In c. 220 B.C. under Qin Shi Huang, sections of earlier fortifications were joined together to form a united defence system against invasions from the north. Construction continued up to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), when the Great Wall became the world’s largest military structure. Its historic and strategic importance is matched only by its architectural significance.

Walls to keep the enemies out.

According to our guide, the Great Wall of China were built during the 3 dynasties such as Qin Dynasty, Han Dynasty and Ming Dynasty, which meant duration of thousands of years. In the beginning the wall was built to stop the raids from the north raids and as years went by, it became an expansion to keep the enemies from coming to the Empire.

The wall is made of various materials such as bricks, stones by thousands of laborers throughout the different Dynasties. That also equals to 21,196.18 km of wall which makes it the longest in the world. It also comes with amazing scenery of mountains around Beijing and 9 other provinces.

Locking up love at the Great Wall.

Locking up love at the Great Wall.

The view of the local village from one of the stops.

The view of the local village from one of the stops.

 

My take on the Great Wall of China.

It was a great pleasure to be able to see the Great Wall of China finally, right in front of me and to climb it for 2 hours on that day. The length of the entire wall will take days to conquer and we took in this opportunity to go up one of the route from Badaling with the tour bus.

The first few steps up the wall was easy until it got higher and the steps became steeper. I needed to hold on to the side of the walls to bring myself up and at some point stopped to give way to other people who were climbing down. I took a deep breathe at each stopping point and stopped to look at the magnificent view of another wall across from us. We could see a group of crowd climbing up that one too. My friend went ahead to the next stop above us while I decided to wait for her instead.

If we had more time, we would be able to climb up the wall more and walked along one of them, admiring the view of the green below. Overall it was a great travel experience and one that I would recommend to my friends and readers. Just make sure you know your way back to the right station though.

Would love to walk all the way through but we only had 2 hours for this journey.

Would love to walk all the way through but we only had 2 hours for this journey.

Stopping for a break with a view of the Great Wall behind me.

Stopping for a break with a view of the Great Wall behind me.

 

Information:

Opening Hours: 7:30am-5:30pm daily | Entrance Tickets: Y45 for Badaling entrance. | How to get there: Train from Bejing North Station (Y6 /one way), look out for trains such as S205 (starts with S2XX), stop at Badaling Station also known as Great Wall.

About Yafieda Jamil

A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.

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