“Top 5 Travel Tips for China – Great Wall of China Travel Tips” written by Guest Contributor.
Are you looking to visit China?
I had the opportunity to do so, and I jumped at the chance to visit the Great Wall of China.
To walk along The Great Wall has been on my top ten travel bucket list for years.
It’s part of my ongoing goal to see all of the seven man-made wonders of the world. I started with the coliseum in Rome, Italy.
and have now been able to check The Great Wall off my list with our recent three-week adventure touring China with my family.
So now I would like to share with you my China travel tips for visiting the Great Wall of China.
Great Wall of China Travel Tips
The Great Wall was an incredible experience; not just because it’s in such a culturally rich country on the other side of the world, but it seems to be so iconic of China and it’s history.
Over 5500 miles long and almost a thousand years in the making it did not disappoint in it’s majestic and harsh beauty.
“The Great Wall is the building project with the longest duration and greatest cost in human lives, blood, sweat and tears.”
There are many places to see the great wall along it’s 5500 miles and we chose to see he Great Wall at fully restored Badaling – the most popular and easily accessible section of the Great Wall. It was a short comfortable bus trip from Beijing through some beautiful, remote countryside.
If you are planning a trip to The Great Wall here are my top five tips to make your experience more enjoyable.
1) Go the RIGHT Season
Go in the spring or fall when the weather is nice and there are less people. Summer can be too hot, and winter can be dangerously and brutally cold. We were there in January and it was one of the coldest times of the year. I would have liked to stay longer and do a little hiking, but the temperatures were so severe on the wall we could only last a couple of hours. You know it’s cold when your iPhone keeps cutting off unless you hold it close to your body.
2) Day Tour
Do a day tour with your hotel with english speaking drivers and not the local bus tours. We were on a day long tour to multiple locations which included The Ming Tombs, but were asked to pay more or they wouldn’t transport us back to our hotel and didn’t realize we signed up for some hard sell tactics at some shopping centers .
3) Come Get Physical
4) Careful… It’s High Up
Be careful it’s very steep at the very top and when we were there we experienced some strong winds. Hang on to avoid trips slips or falls especially when taking pictures.
If you choose to buy souvenirs at the kiosks on the wall, haggle for the price. They will jack up the price for foreigners. We were able to pay less than half of the original price just by being aware of this.
Seeing The Great Wall was an experience of a lifetime I will never forget. It’s well worth the trip and these five tips will help keep you comfortable and safe.
“When we get to the mountain, there’ll be a way through” …. 车到山前必有路 Chē dào shān qián bì yǒu lù.
Stay tuned for a blog from the next tow locations on my bucket list Machu Picchu and Christ The Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro.
I hope these tips help and you enjoy your stay in this beautiful country as much as we did. Enjoy!
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