The Great Wall of China is one of the greatest man-made structures in the history of humanity. It stretches over 5500 miles of China, and it was built starting as early as 7th century BC. It is hard to fathom how difficult it must have been to build this long of a structure without modern technology.
When you see the Great Wall in person, you are only visiting small sections of the wall that are easily accessible. It seems to go on forever, yet you are not even seeing close to 1% of it all. It is definitely one of the coolest sites that you can see anywhere in the world.
I visited the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. I am not sure which is the most common and easily accessible section to visit, but Mutianyu is a good choice. Mutianyu is great because you take a cable car/chair lift up to the initial section. If you do not enjoy heights, I would NOT recommend the chair lift, as you are extremely high above the ground in an unenclosed chair lift (basically a ski lift). The cable car is a much safer option (or feels like it), as it is completely enclosed. Still, either way, you will get a great view of the Wall on your way up.
The best part of going to Mutianyu is that you can take a toboggan down the Great Wall. The toboggan ride is super fun (it seemed safe, but a little old so be careful) and is an incredible way to end your visit to the Great Wall. It is like a giant slide down, and you have the ability to control your speed (up to a certain extent).
China has plenty of history, and The Great Wall is a big part of it. The Great Wall is very old, but it is still in relatively good condition (especially in the parts popular with tourists). Even if you have seen pictures and videos of it, it is hard to put the scale of it into perspective until you see it first-hand.
This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.
NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.
I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!