Today, we did a 4-hour hike on the Great Wall of China between Jinshanling to Simatai. We chose this route because it is beautiful and not crowded.

What I enjoyed most was the scenery. On one side was China, a much more developed country back then, and on the other Mongolia, or like the Chinese used to call it, the barbarian lands. Since the Great Wall is built on top of a mountain range in a mountainous region, you can see way out into the distance. I loved the way that one hill could rise into another, and another, and another. It was also gorgeous how little trees sprouted up through the ground and rose into the collection.

One thing I found difficult was the stairs. The stairs made the whole thing 10 times harder. If the whole Great Wall was flat, it would easy peasy, lemon squeezy. When we were close to the end, I counted down the towers because I was so tired. At the end, my legs were done for, and I wanted to fall asleep.

I also got fascinated by how impressive the wall is. The wall was rebuilt multiple times, the oldest being during the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE), and the newest and most restored being during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE). The detail was also astonishing. They carved some bricks, and made little holes to drop land mines and explosives. Look at the fun facts below for more!

Fun facts

  • In total, more than 3,872,000,000 bricks were estimated to be used for all the rebuilds
  • In some dynasties, more than 1,000,000 men were used to build it.
  • It is more than 21,000 kilometers, making it the longest wall ever built