Great Wall

The Great Wall of China is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Great Wall was completed during the Ming Dynasty, and tops the list of attractions people want to see when they visit China. There are many restored sections of the wall to visit near Beijing. The popular spots are at Badaling, Huangchuacheng, Mutianyu, Jinshanling, and Simatai.
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The end of the wall. The fortress at Jiayuguan, the western end of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall.

The fortress at Jiayuguan, the western end of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall.

Colorful umbrellas shade visitors from the sun on the Great Wall at Badaling, north of Beijing.

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The beginning of the Great Wall of China. The eastern end of the wall starts at the Bohai Sea at Laolongtou (Old Dragon's Head) in Hubei Province near Qinhuangdao.

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The Hobbit was set in Middle Earth, but if it had been set in the Middle Kingdom, this sculpture might well represent Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins setting off on an adventure on the Silk Road. The sculpture is at the foot of the north flanking wall of the western end of the Great Wall at Jiayuguan in Gansu Province of China.

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The western end of the Great Wall in China has flanking walls that stretch to the north and south. The northern is rebuilt and takes you up a steep mountain ridge. Here is one of the guard towers near the top where you can enjoy a sweeping view of the Hexi Corridor leading east into central China and the rugged snow capped mountains to the south.

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The Great Wall north of Beijing at Badaling.

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A guard tower on the Great Wall sits atop a high cliff at Huangyaguan in Hubei Province.

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The Great Wall crosses a river at Huangyaguan in Hubei Province northeast of Beijing

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The archer's view from the eastern tip of the Great Wall of China.

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The Great Wall crosses mountain ridges and winds through valleys at Badaling near Beijing.

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The view from inside a guard tower on the Great Wall.

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The Great Wall stretches up the mountainside at Huangyaguan in Hubei province.

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