He who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a true man.- Chairman Mao
The Great Wall of China was built mainly to protect the Chinese Empire from the Mongolians and other invaders. Successive Chinese dynasties all had a hand in repairing, re-building, lengthening, modifying and preserving the Great Wall. The wall covers more than 3,900 miles and roughly serves as the border between Northern China and Mongolia.
The Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall of China, 70 km north
east of Beijing, is easily reached in a day-trip. It offers
beautiful views of the snaking Wall as it undulates over mountains into the
distance. It is fortified by a number of watchtowers that visitors can climb
for a view of the surrounding area.