Things to do…
Show the kids something they’ll never forget. It’s easy to dismiss the Great Wall as too ‘grown up’, but it’s actually well set up for children. How far you walk and how fast is up to you; there’s no pressure to trek for miles on end. At Jinshanling, there are cable cars up and down; Badaling has a rollercoaster ride to transport you from A to B; and Mutianyu’s toboggan run zips down the mountain in three minutes! With steps to scramble up and watchtowers for soaking up the incredible atmosphere, this is a foolproof way of disguising education as fun.
Explore ancient history. If you took all the defensive walls created in China over the last 2,000 years, and lined them end to end, they would reach around the Earth 1.25 times! It’s almost impossible to comprehend the Great Wall and you definitely don’t need to be a history buff to be mindblown by its story. Besides its standing as a military masterpiece, it is an astonishing feat of architecture, and as you walk its sections you will be captivated by this enchanting outdoor museum.
Thrive on adventure. Lifting, dropping, tilting, and at times almost folding back on itself, the Great Wall of China is as much a journey into the country’s past as it is a physical adventure that will see you walk, climb and scramble. Whether you prefer the rough, rugged and perilously steep ridges at Jiankou, or are keener on an amble around Simatai’s unique architecture, you will find your own personal adventure at the Great Wall.