In June 2016 I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful far east country of China. I was part of a delegation representing Partit Nazzjonalista that was invited by the Communist Party of China to visit China. The People’s Republic of China is a huge country which is also the world’s most populous country with just over 1.37 billion people living across China’s 9.5m km2. It was definitely an experience that I learned a lot from and I look forward to have the opportunity to return to this cultural rich country.
No visit to China is complete without a visit to the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against various raids and invasions. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC. These were later joined together and made bigger and stronger and are now collectively referred to as the Great Wall of China.
In order to arrive at the Great Wall of China we had a two hour trip from the centre of Beijing that took us directly to the tourists drop off zone, just at the foot of one of the access points to the Great Wall. We were immediately surprised with the huge number of coaches that we saw and the hundreds of visitors that were comingand leaving form this wonderful experience. After all, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the Wonders of the World!
As soon as we got ready to start climbing the stairs of the Great Wall we immediately noticed that these were no ordinary stairs! Each step was almost two feet high and you could immediately feel the strain. In fact while my dear friends managed to walk for almost an hour, I only survived a maximum of twenty minutes and than I preferred to stop and enjoy the magnificent views and take some photos to cherish.
I must say that although I always knew that the Great Wall of China is massive in size, once you’re on it you’ll realise how large it really is. Since it’s built all across various picturesque hills the wall swerves up and down around these hills and it goes on and on for what looks like an eternity, in fact some people say that it can actually be spotted from space!
The magnitude of such a manmade structure continues to confirm the vision and the power that China have had for so many centuries. The Great Wall of China today is one of China’s main tourist attractions and I urge anyone that would love to visit this nation to spend some time visiting this wonderful structure. It’s well worth your time.
Precisely a year ago today was my first visit to The Great Wall of China.
One of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World and The World’s largest man-made structure spanning over more than 21,000km!
Here’s a quick edit from a nerve-wrecking flight 😬😍
Posted by Jean Claude Vella on Tuesday, 20 June 2017
The clip above was filmed with a drone by one of my colleagues that joined us on this delegation, Jean Claude Vella. In order to get the necessary permissions to allow him to fly a drone on The Great Wall of China was an adventure in itself! Thumbs up Jean Claude for filming such a cool clip. Definitely something will cherish forever 🙂