Jan 30, 2015 at 02:02 AM
This is a scene of the souvenir market at the foot of the Great Wall of China. It is one of the best vacation spots of the world. It is an UNESCO world legacy site. It was developed over numerous hundreds of years running from before the conception of Christ. The great wall is a tremendous development which begins from Hushan, Liaoning in the east and finishes at Jiayuguan Pass, Gansu in the west, crosswise over Liaoning, Hebei, Beijing, Tianjin, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Gansu and Qinghai Provinces. Many individuals kicked the bucket of building the divider, and it is the regular comprehension of a great many people that they were essentially covered in the great wall. It is believed that the antiquated individuals did as such for the most part for the accompanying reasons: initially, to spare memorial service costs; second, to spare building materials, for bones are great, common material well-disposed to environment; third, to profound treat the wall to make the bases of plants dive deep so to secure the establishments; the last and the weirdest, the wall can scare the avenging spirits of the individuals who passed on for the building it. Be cautious while looking for souvenir thing with the deals. In some cases the deals are fakes, dangerous or even harmed merchandise.
Dec 04, 2014 at 11:41 AM
In 221 BC, the Emperor Qin absorbed the other six states and set up the first unified kingdom in Chinese history. In order to strengthen his newly born authority and defend the Huns in the north, he ordered connecting the walls once built by the other states as well as adding some sections of his own. Thus was formed the long Qin's Great Wall which started from the east of today's Liaoning Province and ended at Lintao, Gansu Province. Badaling is most visited section and a place to experience at first hand the wonder of the Great Wall, a priceless heritage left by Chinese ancestry and then a jade factory. Can you imagine how people of ancient China labored at such a great project with their hands alone? Without modern machinery, equipment and construction materials, the Wall was well designed and built following local geographical features. As you stand on the Wall and see its grandness, you will find it is no wonder that the Great Wall has the vigor to surprise the whole world. The winding Great Wall is not merely a wall but instead a complete and rigorous defense project composed of countless passes, watchtowers, garrison towns, beacon towers and blockhouses. These fortifications were arranged in certain ways under the control of the military command system at all levels. For example, there were about 1,000,000 soldiers guarding the Ming's Great Wall. There are public transportation to reach each section of the Great Wall or you can go for another option by choosing taxi over bus. Taxi will take lesser time than bus as bus stops at each station for atleat 2-5 minutes.
Dec 29, 2014 at 05:13 AM
The little shops in the city lining the Great Wall in Beijing are bust spreading their merchandise for the guests to have a decent look. The shops here are offering toys and veils of Panda, dolls, bronze figures and silk dresses. The products here are sensibly priced. Shadow manikin play is a conventional type of narrating and diversion by utilizing vague, frequently explained figures before a lit up setting to make the deception of moving pictures. It is well known in different societies. At present, more than 20 nations are known not shadow show companies. It fits in with manikin play and additionally a sort of painstaking work. Its material incorporate skin of jackass, steed and donkey. In the wake of picking material, carving, shading, sewing, painting etc. , then a manikin is done. There are numerous T-shirts offering Great Wall pictures on this road as well. Do gather one as an indication of your tour to China. Chinese thorough work can be taken as one of the best social preparations made by this inventive idea. There are innumerable artisans contribute themselves to this workmanship field in Great Wall of China. You may think the standard theoretical, mind boggling, or secretive, yet when you see near to a few works, you would feel an undercurrent of force streaming in them.
Feb 11, 2015 at 06:20 AM
After the restoration of the wall in the last century, the wall has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site. Every traveller to China wants to have a glimpse of this snaking man made wonder, that has withstood ravages of time and weather to emerge as a symbol of resurgent China. The walls, known as Changcheng literally "long walls", but often translated as "Great Wall" were mostly constructed of tampered earth, with some parts built with stones. Where natural barriers like ravines and rivers were sufficient for defence, the walls were erected sparingly, but long fortified lines were laid where such advantageous terrains did not exist. Often in addition to the wall, the defensive system included garrisons and beacon towers inside the wall, and watchtowers outside at regular intervals. In terms of defence, the walls were generally effective at countering cavalry shock tactics, but there are doubts as to whether these early walls were actually defensive in nature. Sinologists points out that the northern frontier walls were built far to the north and included traditionally nomadic lands, and so rather than being defensive, the walls indicate the northward expansions of the three northern states and their desire to safeguard their recent territorial acquisitions. This theory is supported by the archeological discovery of nomadic artifacts within the walls, suggesting the presence of pre-existing or conquered barbarian societies. It is entirely possible, as Western scholars like di Cosmo and Lattimore suggest, that nomadic aggression against the Chinese in the coming centuries was partly caused by Chinese expansionism during the earlier period. Although a useful deterrent against raids, at several points throughout its history the Great Wall failed to stop enemies, including in 1644 when the Manchu Qing marched through the gates of Shanhai Pass and replaced the most ardent of the wall-building dynasties, the Ming, as rulers of China. Many celebrities from Hollywood like Tom Cruise have visited The Great Wall of China. All important world leaders visiting China make it a point to visit the Wall. It's stature as a national symbol of strength and resistance is unparalleled. Coupled with its beauty and grandeur, this is a must visit site.
Dec 29, 2014 at 01:12 PM
On July 7, 2007 approximately 100 million people around the globe cast their ballots by telephone and Internet, to declare that ‘The Great Wall of China’ was to be one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World. This massive structure that has been a symbol of China for more than 2000 years is the country’s prime symbol and historic landmark. The Great Wall of China is an iconic image and symbol of china to the outside world. Any foreigner visiting china makes a point to see and climb a few steps of this gigantic man-made marvel. There is famous saying in China in the words of legendary Mao Zedong – ‘ If we fail to reach the Great Wall we are not men’. But this world wonder site has often been termed satirically as the ‘The Great Wall of People’ signifying the swarm of tourists, local and foreign, paying their visit to be a part of the special club who could say – ‘I climbed the Great Wall’. Most infamous for its puffing crowd is the Badaling section, which is the closest to Beijing and the most easily accessible section of the great Wall open to the tourists near the capital. On a holiday, it has been observed that the number of visitors would be so alarming that when you bring pictures from the Great Wall, you end up with more tourists/people sharing the photo space than the actual wall. Hence it would eventually be the Great Wall of people you ended up at. Turning and twisting, the Great Wall averages in most places 8 m (26 ft) high and 6m (20 ft) wide and was once crowned with some 25,000 towers. Like a giant snake, it winds its way for 6,000 km (3,750 mi) from east to west through five provinces, running along high mountain ridges, valleys, deserts and grasslands and was built as a defense barrier to ward off tribal nomads from the north. However, despite its cultural significance, only parts of the Wall remain. In places, sections of the Walls have disappeared through neglect or they have been razed, roadways have been cut through the Wall, and other parts became the source of building materials for peasant farmers. Yet, the Wall continues to draw millions of tourists who come to marvel at this stunning witness to Chinese history.
Dec 18, 2014 at 11:08 PM
Hiking tour to the Great wall is one of the best experiences to be enjoyed in Beijing China. The Great Wall is an excellent showcase of man-made Wonders of the World. If you explore the wall on foot in the company of your tour guide, you can bring its history to life. It is said that many of the construction workers who worked on building the Great Wall were convicts. It is also estimated that over a million people may have died while constructing the wall. The Great Wall has seen much renovation. The wall has been totally renovated in some places, whereas in other places where no renovation work has been done it looks like decaying pile of packed mud. Originally the Great Wall was made up of mud, earth and such other things, and it was in the Ming dynasty that brick and stone were first used to face the wall. Also the guard towers visible today were built along its length during the time of the Ming dynasty. As a rough estimate, the sort of wall you will probably end up seeing near Beijing is about ten meters high, and five meters wide. The Wall may not look like unapproachable now, but when it was constructed it served as a formidable obstacle to those attackers who were armed only with swords and bows. Anyone touring the Great Wall for the first time can never forget their first experience at the Wall, which is definitely one of the world’s most outstanding spectacles. However, if you visit the easy to access Badaling section of the Great Wall during holiday season, you may find yourself squeezed among a big crowd as holidays are heavy rush time at the Great Wall. Though there will be picturesque scenery to view, but due to large crowd, it will be difficult to concentrate. The entire portion of the Great Wall is not approachable and only a few separate sections that can be explored in Beijing. It depends on your choice if you prefer to see the wall in its original state or a restored section. You can choose as per your suitability.
Feb 21, 2015 at 05:46 PM
To hike on the Great Wall of China can be an engaging and fulfilling activity for tourists and locals alike. Jiankou is the (Most Photographed Section) to Mutianyu (Largest Restored Section) is a 5 hours, 10 km hike. You will experience the original Great Wall at Jiankou and the restored Great Wall at Mutianyu. Built along the rolling ridgeline, the hoary walls and the verdant vegetation set each section off from the other, offering graceful scenery in bargain. one can reach the foothill startng point on a bus, bike, metro or a private taxi as per ones' choice, after breakfast. Drive to the to the foot of Jiankou. Your hike will begin at Xizhazi Village, a small village at the foot of the mountain. Built with local material — hoary dolomite, the Great Wall at Jiankou is eye-catching from a distance. Zhengbei Building, a nearly-intact watchtower standing at the peak of Jiankou, will offer you a panoramic view of the beauty of Jiankou. Continue your hike eastwards. After the challenging walk on the original rugged steps and broken wall, you will arrive at the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. There you will enjoy a leisurely walk on fully-restored Great Wall. You can try the fun toboggan down the mountain instead of hiking downhill or taking a cable car. Enjoy a picnic lunch and stay a night at a local farmer’s guesthouse at Simatai New Village if you so desire. Be sure to bring your walking shoes and make sure you are in good health and shape to climb the stairs. There are 3 sections of the wall you can choose from.Take the second or mid section. This is the highest point of the Great Wall and the easiest to climb as you walk on top of the flat surface. There are some steep areas. But these are the best pictures you'll see of all areas of the wall in every direction. What's the trail condition like? There are paths, steps, trails covered with fallen leaves, firm sections, brick sections to a few sections with loose bricks and dusty areas with small stones, to partly repaired or restored, original and crumbling. Generally, the condition is a pleasant surprise to most hikers.We recommend you use walking boots that offer support and protection from loose bricks or rocks that your feet might kick. The sole is best to be non-slip in case of rain.
Dec 07, 2014 at 07:29 AM
Its hard not to be impressed with Beijing. Every time every visitor is struck by something new. Usually it has to do with the grand scale of the city. It has grandest palaces, parks, lakes, and edifices of yore. Modern Beijing too has grand national stadium, grand airport, CCTV tower, grand Tiananmen courtyards and grand city. This is a bus stop scene on the road to the Great Wall. The Great Wall of China was built mainly to protect the Chinese Empire from northern invaders. The first sections were built in the Seventh Century BC when China was still divided into many small states. The construction of the Great Wall continued until the beginning of the Qing Dynasty (1644). Now, in the PRC era, several sections of the wall have been restored as tourist attractions and in other places the wall is quite original. Many hiking tours are also organized for enthusiasts to explore the terrain themselves. These Great Wall hiking routes covers the wild, ruined, rugged, preserved, original, and restored sections. The Jiankou section is the most challenging, followed by the section from Gubeikou to Simatai West. Hiking on the wild Great Wall allows you to photograph the original and authentic walls. The most photographed Great Wall sections are Jiankou, Jinshanling, and Simatai. Do not miss the panoramic views and varied gradients. By observing the different bricks and materials one can learn about the fortifications in ancient China. Simatai, one of the few sections of the Great Wall accessible from Beijing, retains original features from the Ming Dynasty. It is less crowded but harder to get to, 120 kilometers north of the capital city. While there are gondolas to help you ascend the wall, on average the experience here is more authentic. The hike is steep, and there are dangers — the wall jumps from peak to peak, and high winds threaten tourists who try to scale its multiple summits. Erosion around the wall (caused by goats eating vegetation) has resulted in the destruction of some sections.
Feb 19, 2015 at 03:30 PM
This is a spot close to the trekking point in the base camp of Matinayu, Great Wall of China. The sightseers here are prepared for the excursion of one of the Wonders of the World. The mountains out of sight go about as the scenery to the beautiful excellence of the place. There are numerous sides accessible to go with the visitors. Here one of them is seen conversing with a gathering of tourists. In Beijing, every one of the segments of the Wall are interested in sightseers lasting through the year. The beauty of great wall enhance more in trek fall spring, early summer and pre winter would be the perfect month to explore the wall. Introduced and prescribed by Fodor's China Guidebook (right), The Great Wall Adventure Club has gotten high checks and recognition from all comers, from universal travelers and explorers to the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times, CNN and NBC, which recorded one of our climbs. On the off casual that you are searching for some fervor and experience, alongside some fun, then don't simply be another block in the wall, go along and see whatever all the hassle is about.
Dec 15, 2014 at 12:05 AM
The greatest tourist attraction in China is without doubt, The Great Wall of China. It is one of the most magnificent and greatest man made sights in the world. Being the longest wall in the world, it is an awe-inspiring feat of ancient defensive construction. Its winding path over rugged country and steep mountain slopes makes for some great scenery. Great Wall of China, is one of the world seven wonders. Located in China, a part of it can be accessed from the capital city of Beijing. It is enlisted in the World Heritage Directory by UNESCO. This immense wall was built to keep out invaders as well as to retain and safeguard the inhabitants from Mongol invaders. It spans over five provinces from Shanhaiguan Pass in the east to Jiayuguan Pass in the west, looking like a gigantic dragon across deserts, grasslands and mountains. In the downtown area of Beijing, it is possible to hike the Great Wall of China. About one hour drive from Beijing is the famous sections of the Great Wall. The Wall may be hiked by walking, bus taxi or even a chopper ride. A helicopter ride is totally different from other ways of visiting the Great Wall. In a helicopter you can see the magnificent ancient wall from multiple angles, lying on the sinuous mountain ridges like a huge dragon's backbone. After around three hours' drive from Badaling to Gubeikou, one can have a wonderful meal on the Great Wall while appreciating the beautiful and romantic sunset at Gubeikou. Further you can set up your camp there and spend a night on the Great Wall like the Chinese soldiers of yore. Trekking from Gubeikou to Jinshanling (around 5 hours), you can explore the real Great Wall of China, which still remains, wild and original. There are several ancient villages around Gubeikou. Hiking along this route, you can pass by a number of watchtowers and passes. It is a favorite choice for outdoor enthusiasts. Do plan your trip to the Great Wall along these routes.
Dec 09, 2014 at 02:19 PM
Mutianyu Great Wall is strategically located and has a very compact layout in granite. This section of the Wall also has some breathtakingly majestic scenery of the mountains. Dense woods cover over ninety six percent of the total scenic area. The Great Wall presents kaleidoscopic colours in the four seasons. Flowers blossoms cover the entire route in spring, the summers dress the hills green with lush grasses. Trees are laden with sweet fruits in autumn. Especially in October, the leaves turn orange or red giving a golden hue to the mountains in sunlight. In winter, the mountains get drenched in snow. Pine trees majestically stand guard at the Mutianyu section of the Wall. There are spring water reservoirs at the foot of the hills. The water from this is pure and fragrant. In Mutianyu village, there are fish farms and restaurants, so one can fish out one's own trout from the pond and have it cooked up for lunch. The Great Wall was key to protecting agriculture and resisting cavalry of the Huns and other warrior tribes from the north. The advantages of the enormous barrier diminished with the advancement of gunpowder and other weaponry. The Great Wall was originally built of stone, wood, grass and earth. In the Ming Dynasty, bricks were produced in kilns set up along the wall. The bricks were transported by men carrying them on their backs, donkeys, mules and even goats had a brick tied to their head before being driven up a mountain. Construction on the first section began between the 7th and 6th century BC, and the last work on the wall was done between the 14th and 17th centuries. But this most visited part of the wall, Mutianyu , is an unabashed tourist trap. The tour group buses line up for miles, and guides with megaphones and matching red hats line up for hours to gain access to the wall. Alternatively, with more time and money, you can head to Huang Hua, where you’ll see an un-repaired section of the wall complete with crumbled sections and whole portions that have eroded into rocky paths. A hard but rewarding climb, you’ll have a view of what the Great Wall looks like, unkempt and largely untouched by modernity.
Jan 02, 2015 at 01:47 PM
The Great Wall of China belongs to the greatest wonders of the world and was also recorded as a world heritage in the year 1987 by UNESCO . It's usually referred to as 'Long Wall of Ten Thousand Li' by the people of China. The Great Wall was built of wood, stone, earth and grass originally. The bricks were produced during the Ming Dynasty and were carried by men on their backs, mules, donkeys and even goats, before being driven up a mountain, had a brick tied to their head and therefore it is a building project claiming the greatest cost of human lives, sweat, blood and tears. It was steadily built starting from the 3rd century BC upto 17th century AD as a part of military defence project of the succeeding Chinese Empires. The Great Wall is a reflection of the collisions and transactions in between the nomadic civilisations and agricultural civilisations in ancient China. It also put forwards an important instance of the clairvoyant critical political thinking and powerful military and national defence forces belonging to the time of ancient China. Although the most important purpose for building the Great Wall was to provide protection but there was one more reason which was to preserve the Chinese culture because of which it is considered to be one of the most important references in the literature of China. The Great Wall is a symbol of unification of China because the history links it to the unification of China for the very first time during Qin dynasty. It is a symbol of the capability of people of China to work in unison for the greater good of their country. But as it is a symbol of unification, it is also a symbol of separation of China from the rest of the world. The Great Wall covers the 1.4 miles of area in the form of mountains and hills, many sections of the wall are actually made of granite making it imperishable.The tour to the Great Wall offers fun as well as information about the heritage and history of China.