With a length of more than 100, 000 kilometers, the Great Wall is a majestic and magnificent attraction situated in the vast area of Norther China crossing from the West to the East, which is one of the greatest defensive project in the old times, reflecting not only the combination of the strong willpower and of the high-lever wisdom of the Chinese people at that time, but also the extraordinary achievement in the area of the engineering technology and long history of the People’s Republic of China. It has been listed as one of the seven wonders in the world because of its long-lasting construction time for more than 2000 years and numerous project volume in terms of defensive project in old times.
Sections of the Great Wall left include: Mutianyu, Shanhaiguan, Jiayuguan , Simatai, Badaling, Gubeikou, Jiankou, Jinshanling, Hushan, Jiumenkou, Datong, Juyongguan, Dajingmen and Tngamen Graet Wall, but among these, the first five are the most famous in the world.
The Great Wall at Mutianyu is fully-restored and characterized by many watchtowers on overlapping mountain ranges, which is less crowded and has better architecture than that of Badaling.
Badaling is the best-preserved and most popular section of the Great Wall, which is one of the closest sections to Beijing with about 1.5 hours on the Badaling Expressway). And there are about 370 foreign leaders and VIPs having climbed the Badaling section.
The Simatai Great Wall is a section of unrestored original wall, well-preserved with a good range of architecture. Every part is at least 400 years old. The mountains at Simatai are particularly steep, offering great views, but the hiking is more testing.
Shanhaiguan is known as “the First Pass Under Heaven”. With Old Dragon’s Head (Laolongtou), the eastern limit of the Great Wall, only 5 km away, you can see where the Great Wall meets the sea. It is an important section of the Great Wall with military function.
Jiayuguan is a very well-preserved pass that has been a gateway of the Silk Road for centuries. Jiayu Pass, in the Western limits of the Great Wall in Gansu Province, traverses desert and much of the wall but it has been buried by sandstorms.
The main function of the Great Wall nowadays is the reflection of the spiritual culture of the Chinese Nations which stimulating the Chinese people to protect our nations and the witness of the Chinese people working hard together to achieve miracle and glory rather than the military function. Besides, it has been a must-see attractions for not only Chines but also foreigners.Therefore, start to plan your trip to visit the highlights of Great Wall, especially the Badaling Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall, The Simatai Great Wall, Shanhaiguan Great Wall and Jiayuguan Great Wall, you’ll find it worthwhile and unforgettable!