The Great Wall of China is such a magnificent sight where thousands of kilometers of endless wall span through different terrains on the northern China border. What’s even more incredible is that all was done by man power more than 2000 years ago. The earliest wall was built as early as 7th century BC though most of it that we see today was built during the Ming Dynasty (14th century). We visited the Great Wall at Badaling as it is the closest one for us to get to from Beijing by train.
At the lower section of the wall, Chairman Mao’s famous saying “He Who Has Never Been to the Great Wall is Not a True Man” (不到長城非好漢) is inscribed onto the stele. The phrase uses Great Wall as a metaphorical obstacle to imply that a man needs to overcome obstacles before he can become a true man. The stele is very popular – any Chinese folk would be taking a photo with it, sometimes even quarreling about who came first.
Touching the bricks is like touching a piece of history – every brick stacked with bare hands that witnessed China through different dynasties. It was unfortunate to see most of the bricks had names etched onto them.
I actually didn’t mind so much about the up hill part. The downhill part was the one that was killing! We walked through 3 watch towers and decided we might get too hungry if we kept walking and also walk the same distance back to the base of the wall. Do bring plenty of water to keep hydrated and chocolates & sweets to give a quick boost to glucose level when hiking. Enjoy more photos below 🙂
Great Wall @ Badaling Official Website
Admission Fee : CNY 45 (Apr. 1 to Oct.31); CNY 40 (Nov.1 to Mar.31)