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Thru-hiking the Great Wall to China

Thru-hiking the Great Wall to China

Thru-Hiking the Great Wall of China Stretching from one end of China to the other with a total length of over 21,000 kilometers and a history of over 2,500 years, the Great Wall of China is an incredible tourist attraction. For people who like the outdoors and enjoy hiking, walking the great all is a

A Guide to Visiting the Great Wall of China

A Guide to Visiting the Great Wall of China

A Guide to the Great Wall of China The Great Wall of China is an ancient network of walls, earth works and fortifications that stretch from one end of China to the other and cover over 8,000 kilometers. The oldest sections of the wall were built over 2,200 years ago while the newest sections are

Xi’an Great Mosque

Xi’an Great Mosque

Xi'an Great Mosque (Da Qing Zhen Si 大清真寺) The Great Mosque in Xi’an is China’s oldest, most impressive and renown mosque and has a colourful history stretching back to 742. Visiting the mosque will provide you with a fascinating insight to Islam in China and the Chinese Muslim ethnic minority. History The original mosque was

Great Wall of China Hike – Jiankou to Mutianyu

Great Wall of China Hike – Jiankou to Mutianyu

Hiking from Jiankou to Mutianyu on the Great Wall of China Normally when you visit the Great Wall of China, you are seeing just one section of the wall such as Badaling or Mutianyu. The walk along that section will take a few hours and you’ll have a great time and an excellent experience.  Another

The Heroes of the Jiankou Great Wall of China

The Heroes of the Jiankou Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is one of Beijing’s most popular tourist attractions and one of its most dangerous. Of all the sections of the Great Wall of China near Beijing, the Jiankou section is one of the most spectacular and rewarding sections to visit and the most dangerous. Every year dozens of tourists are

Surviving Jiankou Great Wall of China

Surviving Jiankou Great Wall of China

There are at least 5 major sections of the Great Wall near Beijing and each section of the wall is different in character and in the type of tourist it appeals to. For example you have Badaling which is easily accessible, immaculately restored and extremely crowded and then you have sections like Gubiekou that are

Legless at Mutianyu Great Wall of China

Legless at Mutianyu Great Wall of China

After Badaling, the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China is the most famous and visited section. Mutianyu is also the longest restored section of the wall, much more enjoyable to walk and most half decent Great Wall tours go to Mutianyu instead of Badaling.  I had never been to Mutianyu so during a

Extreme Crowds at Badaling Great Wall of China

Extreme Crowds at Badaling Great Wall of China

Each section of the Great Wall is different, has a unique character and appeals to different types of tourist. Badaling is the most famous, popular and easy to visit section of the wall. It is also the most crowded, well maintained and over developed section of the wall. I have been hearing stories from fellow

How to Hike the Great Wall of China

How to Hike the Great Wall of China

There is no better way to experience the natural beauty and history of China than hiking the Great Wall of China. Hiking the Great Wall solo can be a little confusing and intimidating so I have put together a how to guide for hiking the Great Wall based on my experiences on the wall. The

Beijing – Templeside Lianlian Hutong Guest House

Beijing – Templeside Lianlian Hutong Guest House

This hostel is great if you have to make a last minute booking, no other hostels are available and you don’t mind roughing it for a night or two. Being surrounded by hutongs is also a big plus. Location The hostel is roughly 4 kilometers to the west of the Forbidden City and located in

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