Tag: Great wall

  1. 1.     The GreatWall was 21,196.18 kilometers (13,170 miles) long, but is now only(only, lol, like its short or something) 8851.8 kilometers (5500 miles) long.To put this in prospective, the circumference of the Earth is 40,075 kilometers(24,901 miles), that means that the Great Wall of China, one of the sevenwonders of the world, would only need to be replicated 4 and a half times tomake it all the way around the world. So if you walked the Great Wall 4 and ahalf times, you would have walked around the world, hmmm. Interesting thought.Challenge accepted.

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  1. 2.     Construction of the Great Wall lasted from between770-476BC and lasted till 1368-1644 in theMing Dynasty. The complete wall that we see today (or what hasn’t beeneroded…yet) was built in sections over a period of about 2,000 years (yikesthat’s a long time). As time went on, each dynasty conquered more and more land(yessss more land, the precious), and each time they extended the wall toprotect it (protect the precious *hisssss*). Over the years, they used slaves,the poor, and even criminals (seems kind of strange to entrust criminals tobuild a wall to keep people safe, but oh well!) to build this massivestructure. As the saying goes, Rome was not built in a day, and neither was theGreat Wall (not like I expected it to be, well maybe a little).

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  1. 3.     About 1/3 of the Great Wall has disappeared…without atrace (aliens anyone?). It’s due to a combination of natural erosion and humans- village people nearby used them to build their houses during the CulturalRevolution (“and this side of the house is made of newly resorted Great Wall”says every villager). But really though, being able to carry around a piece ofone of the seven wonders of the world in your pocket? Insanity. There are lawsabout that though, so try and keep your kleptomaniac tendencies hidden, atleast until you’re in your car. Headed in the opposite direction. Far away fromme.

The protection laws regarding the Great Wall are asfollows:

According to article No. 18, the following activities on the wall areforbidden:

1. Take away earth, bricks, stones and plant crops. (hmmm, yes theGreat Wall is the perfect place to grown my lovely sun flowers, said no oneever.)

2. Vandalism and graffiti (But what if it’s pretty?)

3. Span or fix any establishment, fixtures, or equipment irrelevant tothe Great Wall protection. (Interesting. Don’t fix it if it’s irrelevant. Goodlife advice.)

4. Drive or span over the wall using any vehicle. (Yes, lets’ driveour 2014 bubble bee yellow Hummer over the 2000-year-old wall.)

5. Carry any items that may destroy the wall. (Like my hands?)

6. Organize activities on the sections that have not been developedinto tourist areas. (Dang, so no surprise birthday parties on the Great Wall?Crap I gotta cancel that bouncy house.)

7. Any other activities that are forbidden by laws and regulations onprotection of cultural relics.

So it your wonder if you should, maybe just don’t.

 

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  1. 4.     Manynational leaders have visited the Great Wall (including me, national leader ofme myself and I). Here’s some people you probably know (if not, look ‘em up!):

Margaret Thatcher

Richard Nixon

Constantin Dascalescu

Queen Elizabeth II

Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin

George W. Bush

Vladimir Putin

Stephen Harper

David Cameron

Micheal Jordan

Lebron James

 


 

  1. 5.     When should you visit the Great Wall (cause you have to go!)? It really depends on you, andyour feelings about weather…. You could go in the summer, when it’s hot,everywhere (mostly…). The average temperature between June and August is around86 degrees Fahrenheit (or 30 degrees Celsius for the rest of the world). Andits tourist season so everybody and their mothers’ brothers’ dog is gonna bethere. But summer is the prime time to visit, kids are out of school (sorryparents) and the weather is beautiful. As for your mothers’ brothers’ dog issue(really hope you don’t call it your cousin…), make arrangements with a privatetour company. Perfect example, Wanna Travel. The Great Wall Camping trip is oneof their most popular tours, and for good reason. You camp on the Great Wall.So not only do you get to see the non-touristy stuff (hallelujah!), you alsocamp there overnight, bonfire, marshmallows and all. Then to top it all off(cause being able to stay overnight at one of the seven wonders of the worldisn’t great enough on its’ own), you have a prime, perfect, magical view of thesunrise. Nothing starts a day off better than watching the sun rise from theGreat Wall (speaking from experience here). Granted it was early (it might havebeen a hallucination I was so tired) and I hadn’t had my daily Mocha Java ChipFrappuccino (yes I am a white girl), it was one of the most peaceful andmemorable moments of my life (which was then roughly thrown back into realitywhen a water bottle was dropped on my head, story for another time).

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Do you rememember what was your impression of Shanghai when you just came here? Since that time Shanghai has changed a lot… Check out what impressions newcomers get now!

By: Katie Stuhlmueller

1.   See

Tianzifang Street

During my first week in Shanghai, Tianzifang street was a highlight. This maze of streets was once the French Concession area of Shanghai and is now home to many cafes, shops, design studios, boutiques and galleries. It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon shopping for unique trinkets or grab coffee and a snack at one of the small cafes. My friends and I wandered in and out of shops and bought cute snacks for about 3 hours and we honestly could have stayed longer.

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The Bund

The Bund is one of Shanghai’s most popular tourist attractions, and was one of our first stops. This collection of sky scrapers is the architectural and financial center of Shanghai. It is made up of over 50 different buildings of various style, ranging from Gothic to Renaissance. You can’t go to Shanghai without seeing the Bund, it’s a must do. Unfortunately, the day we went was pretty rainy, so our pictures didn’t turn out great. But it was fun to see what all the fuss was about, and now having seen it, I can definitely see why.

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Any Mall

It feels like there are malls around every corner of Shanghai, and these are not your normal everyday American malls. Most are the same size, if not bigger, than the famous Mall of America, which houses 560 stores with 4 levels. They have everything from grocery stores to high end fashion, and restaurants everywhere. If there was a zombie apocalypse I would be barricading myself in one of these.

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East Nanjing Road

One of the world’s busiest shopping streets. This place has it all, it’s like a giant out door mall. Large, name brand stores line the street in buildings that are larger than life. The Apple store and Forever 21 were two of our favorites. Forever 21 boasting 4 floors of clothes, shoes, make up, and more. And the Apple store, with its high ceilings and glass walls, is, as always, very popular. Our group visited this street twice in one week (I know, its sounds like a lot) and once was during the day and the other in the late evening, and it was equally packed both times. Even so, we comfortably made our way through the crowds to each and every one of our favorite stores.

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2.   Do

Hike the Great Wall

The Great Wall of China. One of the seven wonders of the world, and it’s a wonder we didn’t die on it. if you are an avid hiker, you would love the Great Wall, even if you were midley active you’d be fine, but I’m vertically challenged (nice way of saying I have stubs for legs) and haven’t taken a gym class in over 5 years. Safe to say it was hard for me, but none the less, I enjoyed it! the weather was nice and sunny and the wall has many little rooms built into it, so every so often you can stop for a water break (in my case a cry break). We walked for about 2 hours and then took the toboggan ride back (you pay 5 rmb, so worth though).

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Temple

All of the temples you come across in China are beautiful and unique. Each one has a Buda statue of some kind, and other gods alike. There’s incense you can buy and burn, or, my personal favorite, throwing a 1-yuan coin into what looks like a large wood burning furnace in the middle of the temple. If you get it in your wish comes true! Also note that these are places of worship and the people there require peace and quiet (I’m looking at you). My friends and I visited the Jing’an temple, which is kind of touristy, but still very good. We were even able to watch them sing and play instruments (I thought this was the coolest thing ever).

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3.   Eat

Noodles

Noodles. Oh delicious noodles. You fill my stomach like little tasty doguh snakes (weird image I know). If you see the word noodle and think pasta, grab that thought and toss it out the window! These Shanghia noodles are not your everyday spageti. Coated in sause and mixed in with veggies and meat, this dish screams “eat me”. There are so many different kinds (it’s my lifes mission to try all of them) and each one uses the same Shanghai noodle. If I could eat them everyday, I would, and I would also weigh about 4 times as much as a I do now. But you seriously can not pass up the opportunity to taste this amazingly diverse dish. If your traveling to many cities in China, try the noodles from each city, they’re all so different, but all delicious.

Xioalongbao

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These little guys are steamed buns with soup and your choice of meat inside. Heaven in a little edibale package. Theres even a special way to eat them (keeps you from getting delicious soupyness all over your probably twice worn travel shirt, lets be honest). We ordered one plate of mushroom and one of beef, and both were fantastic. We liked this dish so much that we went to the same resturant more than once, and they aren’t exspensive either (que happy tummy dance).

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Our coming trips:

10.07 Get wet and wild! Rafting, river hiking, swimming in natural pool!


15-17.07 Moganshan cycling and swimming in the lake!

15-17.07 Zhangjiajie – the Avatar mountains and glass walk!

22-24.07 Yellow mountains! Discount for students!

22-24.07 Camping on the magnificent Great Wall!

23.07 Paragliding + BBQ + Chinese lanterns!


24.07 Horse riding on the island + BBQ!

29-31.07 River hiking/swimming/cliff jumping and camping!


5-7.08 Rafting trip: swimming, waterfalls, bamboo forest! Anji!


15-17.09 Guilin: Longji terraces and Yangshuo!

15-17.09 Hike China’s best Oxygen bar!

15-17.09 Meditation and yoga retreat in a temple

15-17.09 Trip to Wild China! “Shangri-la of the East!”

23-25.06 Hike Jiuhua Mt: unique temple on mountain top!

1-7.10 Seven day in incredible Xinjiang! You won’t believe you are in China!


1-7.10 Tibet and Everest Base camp!

1-7.10 Wonders of Yunnan: Shangri-la, Lijiang, Tiger leaping gorge!

Private tours: Xi’an, Beijing, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Chengdu, Tibet!

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Camping on the magnificent Great Wall trip! 30 people joined us this time, even 2 young travelers! Our next trip will be on June 25-26th, already half booked, hurry up to get your spot!

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