Where is the Great Wall of China?

As the largest man-made project in the world, the Great Wall is always considered as a recognizable symbol of China. As we all know, this mammoth construction feat was not completed at one time, it had been built and renovated from West Zhou to Qing Dynasties in the period of more than 2000 years. Therefore, the Great Wall can be found extensively in North China.

Currently the Great Wall is mainly distributed in 15 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities including Hebei, Beijing, Tianjin, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Gansu, Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Shandong, Henan, Qinghai, Ningxia and Xinjiang. Among them, the length of the walls in Hebei Province is more than 2,000 kilometers, and that of Shaanxi Province is 1,838 kilometers.

Where is the Great Wall of China located

According to the national survey results of the Great Wall resources, which was conducted jointly by the Cultural Relics Divisions and Survey & Mapping Divisions, the total length of the Ming Wall was 8,851.8 kilometers, and the Qin, Han and early Great Walls exceeded 10,000 kilometers. The total length of the construction project extends more than 21,000 kilometers. Existing cultural relics of the Great Wall include the walls, trenches, passes, beacon towers, and other related facilities, etc., with a total of more than 43,000 pieces.

The well-known sections of the Great Wall and their locations:

1. Mutianyu Great Wall (built in Ming Dynasty, fully renovated), located in Miyun District of Beijing. 80km from city downtown, it is a very popular section among the international travelers.

2. Badaling Great Wall (built in Ming Dyasty, fully renovated), located in Yanqing District of Beijing. 75 km from city downtown, it is popular among Chinese tourists.

3. Simatai Great Wall (built in Ming Dyasty, partly renovated), located in Minyun District of Beijing. 140km from city downtown, it is good for hiking, and available to stay over there to see the night view of the Great Wall.

4. Jinshanling Great Wall (built in Ming Dynasty, partly renovated), located in Luanping County of Hebei Province. 145km from Beijing city downtown, it is a perfect place for hiking and photography.

5. Jiayuguan Pass (built in Ming Dynasty, fully renovated), located in Jiayuguan City of Gansu Province. It is the best-preserved pass at the western end of the Ming Great Wall.

6. Shanhaiguan Pass (built in Ming Dynasty, fully renovated), located in Qinghuangdao City of Hebei Province. It was once regarded as the eastern end of the Ming Great Wall before 1990. Later, experts found the Ming Wall actually extended further to Hushan of Liaoning Province.

7. Huangyaguan Great Wall, located in Jixian County of Tianjin. It is actually closer to Beijing by car. Before the pandemic, there was an annual Great Wall Marathon held here. It is also a popular shore excursion site for the international cruise passengers, who stop at Tianjin International Cruise Home Port.

8. Datong Great Wall, located in Datong of Shanxi Province. Possibly it is less known to international travelers. But Datong has a collections of the Great Walls built in 8 different dynasties (Warring States Period, Qin, Han, Northern Wei, Jin, Ming and Qing). The ancient forts built in Ming Dynasty are really worth a visit. It is a rather special experience to take a hiking trip around Deshengbao Fort.

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