FD Great Wall at Jinshanling Pass


| May 15, 2020

Stretching from the Gobi desert to the Yellow Sea, the Great Wall of China is the largest man-made structure on Earth and an amazing feat of engineering, labour and sacrifice. The original wall was begun 2,000 years ago, when China was unified under Emperor Qing Shi Huang, to keep out marauding nomads, then later lengthened and upgraded during the Ming dynasty. Much of the wall is in disrepair but sections around Beijing remain in a good state or have been restored. The wall at Mutianyu, 1.5 hours' drive from Beijing, offers superb views and is accessible by cable car. Jinshanling Pass, a 3.5-hour drive from Beijing, is much less developed and sees far fewer visitors, allowing for a more peaceful experience. Huanghuacheng ('Yellow Cliff') is a beautiful area beside a lake and about 2 hours' drive out of Beijing, but the wall here is mostly in disrepair and walking is difficult.

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