An impressive site that truly lives up to its hype, the Great Wall was listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1987, according to the Travel China Guide Web site.

“Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 8,851.8 kilometers (5,500 miles) from east to west of China. With a history of more than 2000 years, some of the sections are now in ruins or have disappeared,” according to the Web site.

There are many sections in this Wall, one for each type of traveler. My Web site will go more in detail about the wall that surrounds Beijing on the north.

Here you can learn a bit about about the history of the wall, which emperor built it, what for, how it was breached, its modern history (restorations, etc). But mostly you can find information about what to do at the three main sites in the  wall, one for each taste: Badaling, for the touristy, Mutianyu, the visually attractive yet still somewhat authentic, and Simatai, the Wall for more experienced travelers.

I will also mention what to eat at the Wall, scams to be aware of, and alternate trips, like camping on the side of the wall or going to a luxurious five-star hotel.