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What To Know Before Visiting the Great Wall of China | Blake McCoy | Chicago, IL

Before you head to this amazing location there are a few things to make note of.

By Blake McCoyPublished 6 months ago 3 min read

The Great Wall of China is regarded as one of the most impressive man-made structures in the world. Its history dates back more than 2,000 years. It spans various cities and regions in China.

Originally constructed as a wartime defensive measure, the Great Wall of China features numerous passes and towers. Emperor Qin Shi Huang initially conceptualized its construction to protect the Chinese states from nomadic tribes.

Over 10 million people visit the Great Wall of China every year. This impressive structure is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. Before planning to visit China, knowing some essential facts beforehand will ensure a successful trip.

Visiting Times

Although the peak season for visiting the Great Wall of China is May and October, it’s important to note that the crowds can be heavy during these periods. During the autumn season, the weather is enjoyable, and the magnificent colors of the mountains are vibrant.

If you’re planning on visiting China in June, it’s a great time to book a trip to the Great Wall of China. The country’s capital city, Beijing, is not on holiday during this period. You can avoid the crowds and enjoy great deals on accommodations and tours.

Getting There

Most people who visit the Great Wall of China rely on public transportation. You can take an express bus from the Dongzhimen Station to the Huairou Station to reach the area. After that, you can transfer to a bus stop near the Mutianyu Roundabout.

Most experts recommend avoiding the train and getting a car and a guide. These individuals will be able to take you to lesser-known sections of the wall and help you navigate the various obstacles along the way.

Choosing a Section

Contrary to popular belief, the wall is not a single continuous structure. Instead, it features various sections that were constructed to provide a defensive measure against hostile tribes.

One of the most popular sections of the wall is the Badaling. It features a well-preserved Mutianyu and is regarded as one of the most popular sections of the wall. Other popular sections include the Simatai, Huanghua, Juyongguan, and Huangyaguan. Each of these sections has its own unique and beautiful scenery.

Walking and Hiking

One of the best ways to experience the Great Wall of China is through hiking through restored trails. This allows you to explore different wall sections and experience its beautiful scenery. Numerous hiking trails are suitable for different types of activities.

About Blake McCoy

Forever curious — Blake McCoy has built a successful career as a broadcast journalist by traveling to new places, seeking out new people and questioning everything. Even the biggest news stories start with a tip or hunch. A journalist explores it from all angles until a story takes shape. That boundless curiosity is what makes travel Blake McCoy’s favorite pastime.

Blake McCoy’s career often takes him to exciting new locations covering events as they happen. Journalism rewards curiosity. In his off-time, Blake McCoy channels that innate curiosity into travel with assignments he gets to choose himself.

A California native, Blake McCoy grew up outside Los Angeles. His first travels were to explore new beaches, attend summer camp in the mountains of Big Bear and on weekend trips to places like Santa Barbara, Palm Springs and Catalina Island. As a teenager, Blake McCoy relocated with his family to Nevada and a small town outside Las Vegas rich in history. Founded by the federal government in the Great Depression, Boulder City was built to house workers constructing the Hoover Dam. Today, that dam creates Lake Mead, the largest man-made reservoir in the United States, responsible for generating power and allocating water for three states — Nevada, Arizona and California.

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Blake McCoy

Blake McCoy is a dynamic, engaging broadcast journalist with a depth of experience. As a network news correspondent, Blake has traveled the country sharing stories of human triumph and tragedy, struggle and perseverance.

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