Why should I visit the Great Wall of China? - Top 10 Reasons

Why visit the Great Wall of China? The reasons to visit the Great Wall of China are that it has a long history and a massive scale which is said to be seen from the space. Also, one can enjoy the entertainment of hiking and photography and test your courage, etc. Here we list top 10 reasons on why do tourists visit the Great Wall of China.   

Reason 1: The Great Wall is China’s No. 1 Tourist Site.

The Great Wall of China is the hottest attraction in China. A tour to China without Great Wall is not complete.

Reason 2: The Great Wall of China is the longest man-made construction in the world.

It has a total length of 21,196 kilometers (13,170 miles). There was once a rumor that the Great Wall can be seen from space. Although it was proved to be wrong by the scientists, we cannot deny the massive scale of the Great Wall.   

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Reason 3: Learn Chinese History

The Great Wall has a long history of more than 2,700 years. From the earliest construction in the Spring and Autumn Period (770 – 476 BC) to the final construction in 1878 during the late Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD), many dynaties successively constructed it throughout the 2,500 years. Actually, its construction ran through alomost the entire Chinese ancient history. You can especially learn the history of Qin (221 - 207 BC), Han (202 BC - 220 AD) and Ming (1368 - 1644 AD), when Great Wall was extensively built. This reason to visit Great Wall lies in that it can offer you some knowledge of Chinese history and different nationalities on two sides of the Wall.

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Reason 4: Enjoy the Terrific Natural Scenery

Most sites were built along mountain ridges in suburba areas, which have fantastic natural scenery and fresh air.

Reason 5: Test your courage and physical strength.

Badaling and Mutianyu are the preferred choices for most tourists, taking at least 2 hours to hike. In addition, there are many wild sections, such as Jiankou. Climbing these sections is a great challenge for braveness and physical strength as it is quite adventurous and energy-consuming.

Reason 6: Take Great Photos

The Great Wall of China is a great place for photography. The best sections to take great photos include Badaling, Mutianyu, Jiankou, Jinshanling and Simatai. Different sceneries are presented in different seasons. Generally speaking, best time to photpgraphy is summer, when the Wall goes up and down on the lush green mountains; and autumn, when its neighbourhood is a colorful fairy land.

Reason 7: The Great Wall is favored by world leaders and celebrities.

Many world leaders and celebrities have journeyed the Great Wall of China, such as former US president Obama, Queen Elizabeth II of the UK, Tom Hiddleston, and Tom Cruise.  

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Reason 8: Learn Military of Ancient China

The Great Wall is not an ordinary wall; the wall, together with watch towers, beacon towers and passes, constitutes a complete defensive system against the invasion of the northern nomadic people.

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Reason 9: Know more about Chinese people and Chinese culture.

Great Wall is the symbol of China. It was included in Chinese national anthem and printed on the first and fourth sets of RMB. In China, there are many sayings relating to Great Wall, and the most famous is “he who does not reach the Great Wall is not a true man”. Only having been to the Great Wall can you better understand Chinese and the diligence and unity of the Chinese nation.

Reason 10: One of the New Seven Wonders of the World

Among the new seven wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China ranks first.

 Further Reading:

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- Last updated on May. 26, 2020 -
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