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21/04/2014

One of the Seven Wonders of the world

The great wall was developed in the Ming dynasty as a result of disturbances from the Dadan, Tufan and Nuzhen. The main line of the wall started from Jiuliancheng near the Yalu River Yangtze River tour in the east to the west of Juyongguan pass. The complete wall now stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Nur in the west, around the southern edge of Mongolia. The great wall is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Before the great wall was built, the Chinese people had prior experience in wall building. The wall was made by rammed earth and gravel between board frames. During the Ming dynasty, the wall was constructed to along the northern border of China. The Ming construction of the great wall was much stronger than the previous dynasty due to the use of bricks and stones rather than rammed earth. As the Mongolian raid in china intensified, the Ming devoted more time towards the repair and reinforcement of the wall. The section closer to Beijing China vacation deals was made the strongest.

Today, the different sections of the great wall include Gubeiko, JinshanLing, Simatai, Jiankou, Mutianyu, Huanghua, Juyongguan and Badaling. Juyongguan and Badaling are the closest sections to Beijing. Badaling is the most visited by tourists. It is a great section for viewing the full beauty of the wall. Mutianyu is a good section for those who would prefer hiking the wall; it is also much steeper than Badaling.

In the ancient times, Badaling section was used to protect the capital from the attack of foreign bodies. As a result, Badaling was given the name North Gate. Over one hundred million visitors have walked on the Badaling section of the great wall. Mutianyu section is in between Juyongguan, Badaling, Jiankou and Huanghua in the west, and Gubeiko, Simatai and JinshanLing to the east. This section is the largest and the best overall in quality. The unique feature in Mutianyu section of the wall is the presence of watchtowers. Compared to other sections, Mutianyu has twenty-two watchtowers, which makes it easier to view the scenery of the wall top China toursin every hundred meters.

If you prefer going to a less crowded section of the wall, Simatai is the best option. It is over hundred kilometers on the northeastern side of Beijing. Twenty well-preserved watchtowers are located on the west and thirteen rugged watchtowers are located on the east. Part of JinshanLing has been restored, and is located at the west of Simatai. During the summer, Huanghua section usually has yellow flowers, which explains the name Huanghua meaning yellow flower. Jiankou great wall is built along the mountains, making it a very good place for viewing the wall. Close to Juyongguan are other historical attractions like the life sized terracotta warriors and a temple. Gubeiko is connected to both JinshanLing and Simatai.

Having the opportunity to view all the sections of the wall was a very exciting experience. Each section had its own unique feature making it stand out in comparison to the other sections.

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