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Our epic countdown of the Top 10 places in China’s capital city of Beijing is finally down to three. With so many awesome spots in this Chinese mega-city, it’s hard narrowing them down to ten; it’s even harder choosing the best of the best. When talking about the highlights of Beijing, of course the Great Wall is bound to come up at some point. Although it is truly a great wall, it doesn’t top our countdown:
The Great Wall is without a doubt the most famous symbol of China. It’s also the main reason why many tourists visit Beijing – people come from all over the world to admire one of the seven wonders of the medieval world. If you’ve ever heard that the wall can be seen from the moon, we hate to burst your bubble, but that’s just a myth. Regardless, it’s still an awe-inspiring structure and hiking along to its many watchtowers is an experience that should be high on everyone’s bucket list.
While the “long wall” as it’s known in Chinese actually stretches all the way from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Lake in the west, many famous sections can be visited from the capital on a day trip. You won’t find any Mongolian invaders trying to scale the wall these days, but you will find hordes of camera wielding tourists at a few sections in particular. Here’s a brief rundown of some of your options for visiting the wall from Beijing:
The Badaling section of the wall got lit up for NYE 2013.
Come camping on the Great Wall of China!
As you can see, there are plenty of choices for a Great Wall adventure based out of Beijing. In fact, those are only a few of the more notable and famous spots. With so many options, multiple trips out to the wall are a favorite activity amongst Beijingers, both Chinese and foreign. You can do much more than just hike along this famous structure – from an annual marathon, to an all-night electronic music rave, the Great Wall is also a versatile one.
Check out my highlight video from the Great Wall Music Festival in 2013.
Our countdown is just about finished, so stay tuned to the blog for the final two places. In the meantime, don’t forget to learn a new Chinese word every day with us.