No visit to China would be complete without a visit to the Great Wall of China. Luckily, just such an achievement is an easy hop, step and a jump from beautiful Beijing in China’s north. The best way to see this world-famous site is to jump on a Great Wall guided tour.
Guided tours usually also include other destinations such as the Ming Tombs just outside the city.
The Great Wall of China was originally built as a series of stone fortifications for the feudal warlords in northern China.
The Great Wall stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Lake in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia.
Some sections are in Beijing municipality and have been renovated, these are the sections that can be visited by tourists.
This includes the northern and western passes, and the Ming Great Wall, which runs 6.8 miles long and reaches heights of 26 feet.
Another notable section lies near the eastern extremity of the wall, where the first pass of the Great Wall was built on the Shanhaiguan (known as the “Number One Pass Under Heaven”).
Guided tours routinely include hotel pick up and drop off and an English speaking guide who will take your small tour group to the impressive tourist visit sites of the Great Wall. Bank on a full day to get out and see the Great Wall and other accompanying sites.