The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China; one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and one of the most well-preserved historic sites the world has seen. Most people know of this popular destination and it seems to be an on everyone’s bucket list. In all honesty, I never thought I would have the opportunity to see China; let alone the Great Wall of China especially on Christmas Day, but we made it happen! Check out my Beijing post here!

The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China | Chasing Krista | Beijing, China

The Great Wall of China; 长城 (cháng chéng), 万里长城 (wàn lǐ cháng chéng) literally translates to “The Long Wall of 10,000 miles” and it is one of the longest walls in the world. Over ten million people visit the Great Wall of China every year and the amount of information around how to properly explore this giant architectural landmark is overwhelming. I did a TON of research prior to witnessing the Great Wall of China. I didn’t want to miss anything!
The Great Wall of China | Chasing Krista | Beijing, China
Instead of having to go to countless websites, blogs, and spends hours strolling through Pinterest, here are some key things I recalled during my endless research of the Great Wall of China.

The Great Wall of China: Things to Know

 The first thing you should know about the Great Wall of China is that there a number of entrances (or sections) to the great wall, ten to be exact.  Deciding which section or entrance you want to explore is vital to determining how long you need to spend on the Great Wall of China.
The Great Wall of China | Chasing Krista | Beijing, China
We chose Mutianyu, which tends to be a popular choice for travelers and families (but not the most crowded), and it is one of the most well-preserved sections. Luckily for us, it was Christmas day and suuupppper early in the morning so we beat the rush of crowds.
The Great Wall of China | Chasing Krista | Beijing, China

Facts about Mutianyu: 

It is a total of 3.4 miles in length. There are two ways to actually get to the wall, hiking or cable car. I’d recommend the cable car (100 CYN singe trip / 120 CYN round trip) and take the slide down (100 CYN singe trip / 120 CYN round trip). Sure it tends to be less cost effective but you get to slide down the Great Wall of China (uhh hello, bucket list item!)

Hours: March – November 07:30-18:00 // November to March 08:00-1700
Price: Adults: 40 CNY (according to today’s stock market = $6.05 USD)

The Great Wall of China | Chasing Krista | Beijing, China

 

 

The Great Wall of China: Top Tips

  1. Go EARLY! Arrive at 7am!
    • For all those night owls, this is one of the few times that I can promise you, you will not regret! For those photographers, make sure you pack an extra battery because if you go early in the morning you are not only beating the crowds, you will get stunning light.
  2. Plan to spend some time.
    • Not only is it the longest wall in the world, but it is a destination that needs to be experienced. You will want time to explore, walk around, take photos.
  3. If you have a small group with you, hire a driver or taxi service.
  4. Take the cable car up and the toboggan down.
  5. Bring cash (or Yuan).
  6. Depending on how long you spend, bring a snack! There aren’t many (if any) food options on the wall/very close to the wall.

The Journey:

Being the savvy and financially responsible individuals we are, we opted out of the expensive tour guides and made our own itinerary. Our journey to the Great Wall of China started very early in the morning. A brisk, cold, cold morning.

What we did:

  • We walked to the metro and headed towards Dongzhimen.
  • Then found our way to Bus 916.
  • We got off at North Street (Beidajie). 
  • From this point, we hired a driver (there are many available since this is common to do). This was one of the best decision we made! Not only was our driver the cutest and full of historical facts and stories, but it made the drive a lot less boring.

 

The Great Wall of China | Chasing Krista | Beijing, China
us and our adorable driver

 

 The Great Wall of China | Chasing Krista | Beijing, China

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The Great Wall of China | Chasing Krista | Beijing, China

And, of course! You have to slide down the wall. Because it is amazing. And, why not.

The Great Wall of China | Chasing Krista | Beijing, China
The Great Wall of China was an unbelievable experience and even more so, I got to share this experience with some of my favorite people in the world. It is something that I would tell everyone to experience at least once in their life. I mean, the Chinese visa is good for ten years (so maybe experience it two or three times –and take me with!)

Have you been to the Great Wall of China? Tell me about your experience!

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The Great Wall of China | Chasing Krista | Beijing, China

5 Replies to “The Great Wall of China”

  1. Your pictures are amazing! I love this so much. The Great Wall is on my bucket list, and your pictures make me want to go yesterday:) Happy Holidays! 💗

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  2. I cant believe you can tobaggan down! Ilove that! I have never been to China. I would love to visit the Great Wall. Your photos are amazing. Happy Holidays!

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  3. I have not been to China. When you were there, did you think about the people that dies building the wall and we’re buried inside? I know, morbid. But I think I would totally think of that while I was there.
    Merry Christmas!

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