The Great Wall of China
Various lists depicting the wonders of the world have been created throughout the ages, dating back from ancient times until today. The one thing they all have in common is that they list both natural and man-made wonders. I know that somewhere, on one of those lists, is the Great Wall of China.
The Great Wall is a man-made structure more than 5,000 miles long. There are six sections open and available for viewing and climbing. The Huangyaguan section of the Great Wall, located within a mountain ridge in an area of Tianjin City, is just east of Beijing and stretches for more than 25 miles. It was originally built during the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-557) and further reinforced during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
Not only does the Great Wall hold natural beauty. It is an unbelievable engineering marvel and has enormous cultural interest.
The defense system of the wall is still intact, with many watch towers and fortresses.
Annually, a group of international runners take on the challenge of running in the Great Wall Marathon. This year the iconic race was held on May 19.
The Huangyaguan Wall offers some amazing scenery. What a way to start my visit in Asia. Little did I know that this was just the beginning of an amazing trip!