Discover The Great Wall of China
To many people, your trip to Beijing is not complete if you miss the chance to witness the Great Wall of China. Dubbed as the longest wall on earth, the Great Wall stretches over 21,196 kilometers from east to west of China and winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus like a gigantic dragon. First built in the Spring and Autumn Period (770 – 476 BC), the wall was continuously constructed and restored by later dynasties, mainly during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Chinese Empires have made lots of effort to built the wall to prevent invasions from the North and protect the Silk Road trade route as well. The Great Wall was not just a wall, it was an integrated military defensive system with a complete construction including watchtowers for surveillance, fortresses for command posts and logistics, beacon towers for communications, etc. More than 2,500 years old, several sections of the wall are now in ruins or have disappeared. Fortunately, several famous sections near Beijing of the wall such as Mutianyu and Badaling are well-preserved so that it's accessible to reach the site for people of all age. As a prominent symbol that proves the accomplishment of Chinese civilization, the Great Wall of China is still one of the world-famous wonders that you don't want to miss when in the great country due to its architectural grandeur and historical significance.