There is a local Chinese saying “Not a hero, till climbed the Great Wall”. I finally did it in October, laid eyes and stood on the greatest military structure in history, in the beautiful backdrop of greens, reds and golds. Within Beijing municipality, there are 4 various sections of this grand ancient fortification opened to tourists. I chose the Mutianyu section, hoping that it would be less crowded than the more popular Badaling section. Mutianyu was about 2 – 3 hours away from Beijing depending on the traffic.
One can opt to reach the Great Wall via chair lifts. Tickets can be bought at entrance of Mutianyu Great Wall Park. It was absolutely breathtaking to see the striking fall colors beneath the feet, whilst the Great Wall peeked from the hilltop.
The Great Wall winds along the cragged mountains…
More than 20, 000 kilometres of formidable fortifications built from stones, bricks, earth, wood – stretched as far as the eyes can see – a true masterpiece of histrorical and cultural significance!