If you haven’t been to the Great Wall of China then it’s worth ticking off your bucket list. As bucket list items go, the Great Wall of China is up there with the best.
The historical landmark was built during the Ming Dynasty by Emperor Shih Huang Ti, who commissioned it to protect China from the invading Mongol Hordes.
Although this historical landmark is one of the most well-known places in the world, there’s also a gruesome side.
It’s the world’s biggest graveyard because of the 200,000 workers who lost their lives working on the construction of the Great Wall. The workers who died are buried beneath the structure.
I can’t vouch for this personally but some say the Great Wall of China can be seen from outer space. I’m not quite certain of that as there is some debate as to whether that bit of information is true or not.
Winter is a thrilling time to visit the Great Wall of China. It’s the best time to go to avoid the crush of tourists and to skip battling the crowds as you walk the narrow ramparts.
In summer, Great Wall is so filled with tourists that it’s almost a nuisance. Winter is a time when the Great Wall takes on a magical look.
You can enjoy the leisurely walk along the ramparts alone- with no crowds. Just make sure to dress warmly.
There’s a cable car system where you can hitch a ride up the hill. Don’t forget to bring a camera!
Wondering where else to go in China? Read this and plan your next trip.