The Great Wall of China is an ancient wall built between 220 and 206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. The historically revered structure measures a mind-bending 5,500 miles that go beyond mountains, hills and rivers. However, historians report that the original wall was around 13,171 miles long. The wall served as a defensive wall against invaders as well as border control for trading.
Today, the Great Wall of China is the most iconic attraction of the People’s Republic of China. Touring the wall is perhaps the highlight of any trip to China. And to make the most out of your visit, we recommend booking a tour.
You see, there are wild sections of the wall so access is limited. By booking a tour, you can check out some of the less visited spots on the wall. In today’s post, we are listing down all the factors you should consider when booking a tour to the Great Wall of China.
Length of the Hike
Because the wall is more than five thousand miles long, some tours take longer than others do. That’s because some tours require hours of hiking along the walls. The length of time you spend hiking is strictly up to you. If you can spare a whole week exploring the walls, then let your travel agency know about it. Your travel agent could provide tours that are at least two days to a week. But if you only have a few hours to spare for a tour, then opt for a day hike.
Although touring a massive wall does not look like it will take hard work, you’d be surprised how physically draining the activity is. Your hiking skills and fitness level matters when booking a Great Wall of China tour. Longer hikes are best for seasoned hikers while shorter hikes are suitable for beginners, children and people with average fitness.
Of course, you want to get more value from your money when choosing the right tour. When it comes to choosing the price range, consider the number of hours you will spend on the tour, the kinds of incentives you get out of the tour as well as the reputation of the travel agency. You want a reasonably priced tour that features all the highlights of the Great Wall of China. We suggest comparing different rates online to make an informed decision.
At what point of the wall do you plan to start your tour? Would you like to check the original state of the wall or the restored section? Do you prefer to hike less popular spots of the wall or are you okay with sharing the view with thousands of other tourists? The starting point of your tour matters so choose wisely. You can ask your travel agency the best spots to start your tour and discuss your preferences.
The cost of the tour and the length of the hike will depend on your party too. Would you like to book a solo tour or are you bringing the whole family with you? Do note that solo tours are best left to seasoned hikers who know the terrain well. Certain points of the wall can be dangerous for beginners. If you are hiking with friends, family or with your spouse, your travel agency could provide a list of starting points that are suitable for you and your companion’s fitness level and hiking skills.