Perhaps the most recognizable symbol of China and its long and vivid history, the Great Wall of China actually consists of numerous walls and fortifications, many running parallel to each other. Originally conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang (c. 259-210 B.C.) in the third century B.C. as a means of preventing incursions from barbarian nomads into the Chinese Empire, the wall is one of the most extensive construction projects ever completed. The best-known and best-preserved section of the Great Wall was built in the 14th through 17th centuries A.D., during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). The Ming wall extended from the Yalu River in Liaoning Province to the eastern bank of the Taolai River in Gansu Province, and winded its way from east to west through today’s Liaoning, Hebei, Tianjin, Beijing, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Ningxia and Gansu. Though the Great Wall never effectively prevented invaders from entering China, it came to function more as a psychological barrier between Chinese civilization and the world, and remains a powerful symbol of the country’s enduring strength.
Built in the Ming Dynasty (1505) Badaling Great Wall at Yanqing district of Beijing is the most famous stretch of the Wall, for this is the first section of Great Wall opened to the tourists in 1957.
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Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tombs Tour, US$20
Mutianyu is another most visited section of the Great Wall located in Huairou District 70 km northeast of central Beijing. First built in the mid-6th century, Mutianyu Great Wall is older than the Badaling section, but less crowded lying on the green mountains.
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Great Wall at Mutianyu VIP tour, US$55
Jinshanling Great Wall, the remote and isolated section is one of the best preserved parts of the Great Wall which shows its charms to the hiking fans at all times. With a distance about 140 kilometers (87 miles) northeast of Beijing city, Jinshanling Section connects to the Simatai Section of the wall in the east and Gubeikou section in the west. It is the most representative part of the Chinese brick-made dragon.Very few tourists make the longer trek out so you are most likely guaranteed a relatively peaceful walk.
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Great Wall at Jinshanling VIP tour, US$59