BEIJING AND THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA

BEIJING AND THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA

THE BADALING SECTION OF THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA IS THE MOST VISITED PART OF THE LANDMARK BY TOURISTS BECAUSE OF ITS CLOSE PROXIMITY TO BEIJING.

It is very exciting to be in China in February, because China enters the New Year in February. You may not have the opportunity to travel and see the entire Great Wall, which is a landmark where one million people worked in its construction; however, when you are on any part of it you can see that it is not only China’s, but also one of the world’s symbols.

The Great Wall, which spans across the northwestern part of China, is the longest defensive wall in the world. However, as most of us may know, the Great Wall of China was not only built for protection against the Mongol and Turkish clans, but also to prevent all of the migratory communities of ancient China entering to Beijing. The ruins begin at the beach in Bohai Gulf. It turns towards west after passing through north of Beijing and spans towards southwest after dividing Huang-He. It continues west from the southern part of the Gobi Desert.

Along with the ruined parts of the wall, its total length is 8,851.8 kilometers. The 2,500-kilometer long part of the wall that still stands today is from the Ming Dynasty. However, the main construction was done in between 221 BC and 608 AD.

Cars pass on it
The height of the wall in most places is approximately 4-6 meters, its base thickness is 7 meters; and its top thickness is 6 meters. Cars and horses can travel on top of the thicker parts. There are bulwarks and arrow slits along the thick walls. There is a watchtower or castle every 200 meters and a lighthouse every 9 kilometers. You might also come across many temples and palaces on the wall. On some parts, the walls are made in rows to allow gradual defenses. Contrary to popular belief, the Great Wall is not only a tall brick structure; it contains some short sections constructed with wood or stone.

This historical structure was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World on July 7, 2007. The Badling section of the Great Wall of China is the most visited part of the landmark by tourists because of its close proximity to Beijing.

Besides the most beautiful part of the Great Wall, Beijing contains many other modern and natural places such as Summer Palace, which is under UNESCO’s protection, Tiananmen Gate, and Temple of Heaven that might make you lengthen your trip with pleasure.