Ah, the Great Wall of China. One of the world’s most impressive architecture feats dating back to 7th century BC.
While the Great Wall of China can’t actually be seen from outer space (that’s a myth), it is definitely a must-see tourist attraction when you visit China.
This time visiting the Great Wall of China for the second time, my experience was heightened by a slide.
And yes, by slide I mean the playground structure designed for children aged 12 and under.
But more on that later.
The morning started at 7:00am with a 2 hour bus ride from Beijing to Mutianyu (70km distance). Once we arrived, a short walk led us to the base of the stair hike up to the Great Wall.
Public toilets, souvenir stores, and plenty of restaurants greet you once you arrive to Mutianyu. I was not surprised to see that prices here were a little absurd (so make sure to bring your own water bottle and snacks). But it was strange to see Burger King, Baskin Robbins, and Subway here. I guess you’re never too far from the fast foods you find back home…
The hike up to the Great Wall consisted of well-maintained wooden and stone steps that left me out of breath but not exhausted. The path was surrounded by trees, shrubs, and a small waterfall. The air was the best I’ve experienced in Beijing!
4,000 steps later, I was on the Great Wall of China!
I could’ve taken the two-rider chairlift or gondola, but opted for using my feet and easily surpassing the 10,000 steps/day goal.
At the top of the Great Wall, the magnificent stone structure stretched further than the eye could see!
The watchtowers were my favourite to walk through, and climbing on top of them was a pretty incredible experience.
I highly recommend checking the weather forecast before planning your trip. We were blessed with clear skies the day we visited and my pictures turned out fantastic.
After gazing at the breathtaking view, walking through several sections of the Wall, and taking plenty of pictures, it was time to leave.
I’m not sure if it was the kid inside of me, but as soon as I saw the toboggan slide from the side of the Great Wall descending down to the base of the hike, I knew there was no way I was going to pass up this chance!
I happily paid the ticket price of 100 RMB (around $15 USD) for the ride and prepared for what would probably be the longest and most exciting toboggan ride of my life.
Watch my vlog below of the trip! Holding the camera while tobogganing was not the safest idea, but hey, I consider myself a Youtuber now.
For some, the Great Wall isn’t necessarily one of the most exciting attractions of all time. But process this for a second: It took 1 million people over 10 years to build the entire Great Wall of China which stretches for 21,196 km.
Mighty impressive in my opinion.
Today, not only is the Great Wall of China a significant part of China’s history and mega tourist attraction, but also a venue for marathons, raves, and camping trips. Hikes along the less well-maintained parts of the Wall are super popular and I definitely plan to do that one day.
Thanks for reading and watching!
Let me know if you’ve ever been to the Great Wall or plan to visit it one day.