Stretching some 20,000 km from the east to the west of China across barren desert, lush grassland, and winding mountain peaks, The Great Wall is an awe-inspiring sight to behold and a must-see on any visit to this beguiling country. Dating back more than 2000 years, construction on The Great Wall began under the Qin Dynasty when separate walls belonging to independent kingdoms were joined together to form what was hoped to be an impenetrable military defence. Although the structure never truly met up to its expectations, today it is regarded as one of the most impressive feats of architectural engineering in the world, gaining recognition as one of the Seven Wonders of the World and status as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.
No visit to China would be complete without a walk on The Great Wall and as such we have ensured that we include a visit here on all of our tours in China. Although unfortunately much of The Great Wall now lies in ruins, one of the best-preserved sections of the wall, known as Badaling, can be found 50 miles north of Beijing and offers travellers a taste of the size and majesty of this impressive architectural feat.
All of our group tours include a visit to Badaling where you can spend over two hours on The Great Wall. Spend this time walking along a stretch of the wall, or simply admire the spectacular views of the valleys below from the towering height of the walls. The more adventurous at heart can visit more remote regions of the wall on a tailor-made holiday. Located in the rugged northeast mountainous region 120 kilometres from Beijing, the isolate Jinshanling Scenic Zone offers an alternative view of the wall, scattered with elegant watchtowers and with fantastic scenery.