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Great Wall of China

Series of fortifications that were built across the historical northern borders of ancient Chinese states and Imperial China Website

Approval Rate: 94%

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    effy05

    Mon Jan 26 2009

    Not for cowards (like me) and the altophobic. The steps are surprisingly steep. There are railing on each side, but people sit/stop/take pictures so you can't always hold on to the rails (much like the skating rink!). But if you do manage to reach a watch tower, the view is fabulous, especially if it's not raining. Great photo op! There are multiple entrances to the Great Wall. Each is crowded and promises great views, but there are variations such as the width of the steps and the distance from watchtower to watchtower.

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    canadasucks

    Sun Feb 20 2005

    Don't be a goofy tourist and go to Badaling (that is just a tourist circus) If you want nice, quiet time with the wall and take great pictures, try Simatai (my spelling might be slightly off) it has a few tourists but the steep climb keeps the weak-knees away. The Wall is a must-see, but it is better to see it outside of the Badaling tourist trap.

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    dragonman

    Sun Nov 28 2004

    Don't miss out if you ever have the chance to see it, one of historys greatest achievements.

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    virilevagabond

    Thu Aug 26 2004

    Most tourists (especially Westerners) see the Great Wall of China near Beijing (at Badaling). While it is my understanding that it is merely a popular myth that the Great Wall is the only manmade structure visible (to the naked eye) from space, this does not make it any less impressive. Most of the Wall is in ruins (largely due to disrepair and intentional destruction by Chinese governments until a relatively recent renaissance in interest in their own pre-communist history), but the section near Beijing has been reconstructed for both safety and to foster tourism. Despite the excessive commercialism (they sell t-shirts and other crap right beside and on the Wall itself), the view and sense of history is still present. Be forewarned that the climb up to and back down from the higher elevations on the Wall can be physically taxing for many visitors, as some sections are rather steep. For a bit of history, the genesis of the Great Wall dates to more than 2000 years ago as a manmade ... Read more

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    shroomwoman

    Thu Jul 17 2003

    I climbed the Great Wall (at Badaling) last November, and it was an awe-inspiring experience. I guess I was expecting to scale a ladder up to some crumbling hilltop. Well, that was not the case! The Great Wall is a magnificent, relatively intact (in many places) structure, and you can hike on it for hours on end. The sense of history is overwhelming, and the scenery is breathtaking. You need to be in fairly good condition to get very far, though, because there are numerous steps and the incline is pretty steep in certain sections. It's best to go on a clear, cool day, and I recommend making an effort to go off-season to avoid the crowds. Definitely worth the effort!

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    sabel2cb

    Wed Feb 12 2003

    Maybe the Great Wall near Beijing (at Baodaling) is a bit commercial. But if you have any sense of history, this is not to be missed. It's not just a wall, it's a highway on top, through steep winding mountains. It's hard walking but worth every minute, or hour.

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    magic621

    Tue Jun 25 2002

    There is nothing like walking upon the Great Wall. To walk upon it and see the Wall continue beyond the horizon is an awe-inspiring experience. Even the fact that there are vendors everywhere trying to get your hard-earned dollars fails to detract from the grandeur of this amazing place.

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    olsaintnic

    Thu Jul 12 2001

    The only stucture that you can identify from space. That's gotta count for something. Just amazing.

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    kmguru

    Thu Jan 04 2001

    It is a must see if you are in China. Then you can buy a T-Shirt that says 'I have climbed the Great Wall'.Take a drink with you, you will get thirsty.

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    ericthefederal_ist

    Sun Dec 19 1999

    The Great Wall is amazing! I have to visit it one day! :o) PS: You CANNOT see it from the moon, only from the space! :o)

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    dalt533om

    Mon Nov 08 1999

    One of the greatest engineering feats in the history of humankind. The only man-made object visible from space!