For 20 years, Samantha Brown has traversed continents, experienced culture, and tasted adventure applying her…
When I finally had an opportunity to see the Great Wall of China, I could hardly believe it.
It’s been a dream of mine to visit this Wonder of the World for as long as I can remember. Imagine, a structure built by humans over 2,300 years ago that’s longer than the United States! That’s right. This wall stretches over 13,000 miles and is the only man-made structure you can see from space with the naked eye.
I was able to visit the wall during a stay in Beijing. The Balading section is just a two-hour drive from the city, which makes it pretty convenient to visit. It also means this is the most trafficked section of the Great Wall– sometimes garnering up to 70,000 visitors a day!
Like any touristy place, there’s vendors selling all sorts of over-priced trinkets and souvenirs. If you’re into that, great. If not, don’t let it cloud your experience– this is truly one of those tourist-filled destinations that’s worth visiting, no matter how many people try to get you to buy a commemorative t-shirt.
You can opt to hike up to the wall, but I decided to save my stamina for hiking the wall itself. Luckily, there’s a cable car that will take up right up to the top. So if your mobility is limited, fear not! You will still be able to take in the majestic beauty.