The trip to the Great Wall of China many years ago was one adventure I would recommend to anyone. It is a popular attraction for a lot of good reasons. To walk a small segment of that massive and long structure that is even visible from space is an experience that should be on travelers’ bucket list. The trip was unplanned, but it led to some interesting discoveries and realizations.
“Now” is the best time to go
Hearing stories from friends and reading about other people’s adventures to the Great Wall in recent years made me realize that “now” is always the best time to go. It seems to me that there have been a lot of changes since I went there. The Great Wall is still magnificent as it was before thanks to efforts to continually preserve it. But the increasing number of tourists makes it even more crowded. Some irresponsible tourists have even caused trouble by trying to steal some of the bricks to take home as souvenirs. The smog in Beijing was also not much of a problem when I visited there. I think that the Great Wall is like many other iconic landmarks and attractions in the world threatened by decay, irresponsible tourists, and other problems. For this reason, it is best to see them as soon as possible rather than waiting for years to make that trip.
It is awe-inspiring in its majesty
I have seen pictures of the Great Wall since I was little. I thought I knew what to expect. But the experience was far from what I imagined it to be. I joined a group tour to a section of the Wall near Beijing. It was less than two hours drive from the city. For a weekday visit, the place was still fairly crowded. I could only imagine how packed it would be on weekends. I remember looking up from where I was standing at the parking lot and saw what appeared to be a steep ascent. The guide said it was easy and I just had to take his word for it.
It is a spectacular feat of engineering
Climbing the steps that would bring us to the top of that section of the Wall was slow progress. The stone steps were uneven. You have to be cautious with your every step otherwise. As you ascend higher, you begin to feel the effects of the altitude. It was a breathtaking trek up in more ways than one. The view can steal your breath away. You will wonder how the people who built the wall did it. You may even think about the millions of people in the past centuries that have walked through the same path as you. These experiences will make you feel grateful that you took the time to visit it.