Stretching over 5,000 miles, the Great Wall of China is darn impressive. Although it’s rumoured that 70% of the wall has fallen into disrepair- there’s still a lot to explore.
Beijing is the generic starting point for trips to the Great Wall. Here you can easily book day trips to varying sections of the Wall which often include a hearty lunch and return transport.
Shop around in order to find the best price, prices can vary dramatically. Keep in mind that this trip is a bit of a budget buster but you simply can’t miss out on a visit.
Personally I would visit the Mutianyu Wall over the crowded Badaling section. In an ideal world I would have loved to check out Jinshanling or Simatai but money, time and transport wouldn’t allow it.
I was perfectly happy with Mutianyu though as, along with being a stunning testament to mankind’s perseverance and vision, there was also a SLIDE.
Yes, you can toboggan down the Great Wall of China.
But I’ll get to that…
First, let’s just admire how stunning this place is.
At Muntianyu there are a lot less crowds which means that you can really enjoy soaking up the views. Just remember to bring plenty of water, as the uneven steps can be quite a challenge.
But now for the slide. Our tour guide had tried to put us off by telling us that it wasn’t safe, which to be fair is probably accurate. With her advice ringing in our ears, we set off down the mountain.
It was incredible.
If you are popping by Beijing, I would definitely recommend a trip to Muntianyu. Admission and a go on the toboggan is £14 and all transport and meals are extra.