「不 到長城非好漢」: Who never climbed The Great Wall cannot be deemed a Man – 毛澤東 Mao Zedong
The Great Wall of China is the world’s longest wall and biggest ancient architecture. It has a stunning array of scenery from the beaches of Qinhuangdao, to rugged mountains around Beijing, to a desert corridor between tall mountain ranges at Jiayu Pass.
The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications that is the product of thousand years of arduous labor and exquisite planning and construction that is also considered to be one of the most celebrated engineering feats of ancient civilization that still stands tall up to present. It stretches along Hebei in the northeast to the wetlands of Lup Nur of northwest China. Construction of the wall ran through different leaders, and one of them is Qin Shi Huang, the man who was the brain behind The Terracotta Warriors in Xian.
The Wall runs through the southern border of Inner Mongolia that serves as barrier of the empire against the intrusions of the invading nomadic tribes of the Mongolian grasslands. This strategy was proved to be unsuccessful since the Wall is not actually continuous and Mongol invaders had no problem breaching the fort. Made of stones, brick, earth, wood and other materials, The Great Wall snakes through more than 20, 000 kilometers, though it has been said that almost 50 percent of the original ancient structure has already disappeared, if not, impossible to reach, the Chinese government is struggling to preserve different sections for tourists to visit such as Badaling.
(Picture From: Wikipedia)
There are different sections of the Great Wall that have been made open to tourists, among the few popular are Badaling, the most accessible, also the most crowded area of the wall, while Jinshaling and Simatai features some areas that are not restored yet. Mutianyu is less touristy compared to Badaling and was also quite easy to reach.
Situated in Huairou County, about 70 kilometers northeast of Beijing, one would be able to locate the less touristy but nonetheless amazing Mutianyu Great Wall (慕田峪). This section of the wall was built during the 6th century of the Northern Qi Dynasty and has served as the northern barrier protecting the capital and imperial tombs. The winding “Tail Wall” stretches for about 2,250 meters and connects with Jiankou in the west and Lianhuachi in the east. This is the best-preserved portion of The Great Wall, so you could really see and appreciate how it must have been like hundreds of years ago.
What time to Visit the Great Wall
The Great Wall of China has spectacular views and attracts travelers from all over the world at all times of the year. To plan a Great Wall tour that you’ll like, it’s very important to know when the best time for you to visit is.
Spring (Mar – May)
Temperature : 11°C–24°C (52°F–75°F)
Weather: Cool/ Warm and Fresh
What to Pack: Warm Jacket
Scenery: The plants on the mountains turn green, and the blossoming flowers make the fresh spring Great Wall vistas even more beautiful.
(Picture From: Wikipedia)
Summer (Jun – Aug)
Temperature: Average high 30°C (86°F)
Weather: Hot, Some Storms
What to Pack: Sunglasses, Sun Cream
Scenery: Blooming flowers dot the mountains and leaves turn dark green. The Great Wall snakes its way like a silver necklace, standing out clearly in the strong mountain sunlight. Everything looks better in the bright sun, but it may be too bright/hazy for the best photography.
(Picture From: wikimedia)
Autumn (Sept – Nov)
Temperature: 8°C–18°C (46°F–64°F)
Weather: Cool and Clear
What to Pack: Warm Jacket, Water
Scenery: When fall comes, the mountains are blanketed by colors of red, golden, yellow and brown, creating an amazing view, which complements the grays and paler colors of the Great Wall well.
Winter (Dec – Feb)
Temperature: Usually well below freezing
Weather: Cold and Windy
What to Pack: Down Jackets, Warm Pants, Gloves
Scenery: The mountains and the wall itself are often covered with snow in winter, offering awesome snowy scenes.
Method on going up
There are different methods on how you could go up to the wall. First one is something that would require much effort, which is ascending through more than 4,000 steps.
Second is if you have a bad knee choice of either taking cable car trip or taking the two-rider nee or probably just too lazy to exert effort, then you can choose the third method is have a chairlift going up then the cool toboggan going down.