The Great Wall- Badaling

First of all, I’m going to talk slightly off topic. Recently, I had to replace my iPhone as the battery was failing. As a result, I have had issues with logging into my Snapchat, which upsets me so much because I am addicted to it (How will I check Kylie Jenner’s Snapchat now?!?!).

I have a lot of memories on my Snapchat, including 80% of my photos from the Great Wall. Due to the Great FIRE Wall, even with the use of a VPN, I cannot access my account.

Planning a trip to Hong Kong just so I can access the account. It’s probably no. 3 on my list of reasons to go.

ANYWAY. Back to the subject of this post: The Great Wall. One of the seven wonders of the world. A wall that stretches longer than the distance between London and Beijing!

Last October, my university organised to take us to Badaling, the most popular area of the wall. It’s been visited by many celebrities and politicians, and is frequently used for television appearances of the wall.

So, why go to the most populated area of the wall? Well, it’s the most refurbished and maintained part, and the views are beautiful, especially in the autumn! I want to visit other areas of the wall, and am looking at visiting rural areas to see the less refurbished parts of the wall.

We were incredibly luck with the weather. I remember that at the time, we had been dealing with some pretty bad smog in the city. Due to the location being outside of the busy areas, the air was a lot clearer.

Damn the no access to Snapchat, I have some cracking videos about the air.

Quick little history lesson:

The Great Wall of China is the largest human-built structure. It stretches over 13,000 miles. Rather than it being one long wall, it is in fact several sections of wall built at different times. Some sections were built was far back as the 7th century BC.

Major refurbishment of the Great Wall began taking place in the 14th century, during the Ming Dynasty. The most well maintained areas of the wall, such as Badaling, are the most popular tourist attractions.

The Great Wall is considered one of the 7 wonders of the world, and many people travel to China just to have the opportunity to see the wall. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

The wall was built as a form of protection for the people of the land against invasion and threats. The wall not only lined the territory with a building. With beacons towers all along the wall, flames could be seen to make people of China know of an invasion.

Note: if you really want to see a film where the use of the Great Wall is seen… Classic Disney film: Mulan. I know it seems silly, but I watched Mulan a few days after and thought: “Oh, how did I never realise this?!”

I’m so annoyed I can’t talk more and show more pictures about my trip to the Great Wall. I guess I’ll just have to go back and take more.

Thank you BTBU for a wonderful trip!

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