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The Great Wall of China

Date: August 13, 2012 | By: Enid Glasgow | Category: Travel Blog

It’s hard to argue against the fact that The Great Wall of China is one of the most incredible sights in the world. As one of the 7 Wonders of the World, this series of fortifications was constructed over 2,000 years ago to guard the Chinese Empire from invasion. The Great Wall has faced erosion, extension, and rebuilding throughout its lifetime. Due to this it is very hard to get an exact estimation on how long The Great Wall is, however it has been said that if all of the fortified walls that were ever built were included, the wall would be over 31 thousand miles long!

In the past, The Great Wall was meant for security purposes, however today the wall is China’s biggest tourist attractions. Travelers come from all over the world to hike the great wall and take in the views it offers. One particularly exciting section of the wall you might consider visiting is in Mutianyu. The charm of Mutianyu is that while it is a tourist destination, it is not as crowded as the other sections of The Great Wall. This section of the wall is recommended for families as it is less physically demanding to explore and there are cable chairs available to help visitors get around. Here you will also find the famed Mutianyu Toboggan. This toboggan ride is a thrill as you wind around the mountain controlling your speed with a hand brake.

China is a country full of unique locales to explore. However, no trip to China is complete without a visit to The Great Wall (especially the Mutianyu section).

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