Today we visited a part of the Great Wall of China called Badaling. This portion of the wall is the most visited section of the wall situated 80Km north west of Beijing Central.
The Great wall of China is a series of Forts built across the historic northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and Empires against raids and invasions. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th Centry , later joined together and made bigger and stronger. The great wall has been rebuilt and maintained since, and the majority of the existing wall is from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It has been estimated the wall measures 8,850Km,made up of wall, tenches and natural defensive barriers.
Badaling was built in 1504 during the Ming Dynasty. The highest point of Badaling wall is Beibalou, which is approximately 1,015 Meters above sea level. This part of the wall was built strategically to protect the Juyongguan Pass, further protecting the city of Beijing. This part of the wall was the last to be built, and in 1957 it was the first part to be open to tourists.
I was very impressed with the whole day, especially because we got to meet a Cardiff Met teacher from the Management building, who was very kind to let us join his tour. We got to wall some of the wall to very high points, and the views were incredible. Seeing the mountains in the distance and how the wall turned and came back on its self. It was very incredible. Our tour guide said that 20% of the population during the time of building the great wall were made to help build this, with many losing there lives during the build. The history and the ideas behind the wall were unbelievable, and I felt incredibly lucky to have been able to see this and walk along it.
I hope to get the chance to visit another part of the wall before I return home.