Cape Town – The Great Wall of China also known as Chang Cheng, is considered a World Heritage site and while thousands of tourists flock to walk the wall – there is a different way for them to head back down.
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A structural marvel
The Great Wall is known as one of the world’s greatest engineering and architectural feats and is a remnant of the once powerful and ancient civilizations that stood before us. According to National Geographic and indicated by a Chinese government mapping project in 2010 – the wall spans across 8 850 kilometers from the west of the Korean border to the Gobi desert.
The wall was constructed from the third century BC to the 17th century AD and functioned as a defense mechanism for the civilization. The wall has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site due to its historical and cultural importance. UNESCO has referred to the wall as “an absolute masterpiece” and this is clear as the magnitude of the structure continues to draw travellers to the Asian shores.
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Sliding down the wall
There are two ways of getting down from the wall and if you are feeling up for an adrenaline rush and a touchdown to reality after gazing at the giant wall then the toboggan is for you. Many travellers opt to take the cable up and down the wall but those wanting to feel the wind in their hair can opt for the alternative.
The toboggan is a slide that sets you on a whirlwind journey down the wall and is located at the at the Mutianyu section of the wall. Users sit in a seat as they make their way down a steel tube – curving and winding up around as it goes. The ride has been open since 1998 and does not operate under extreme weather conditions. The trip covers a total of 1 580 meters as measured by the wild great wall.
There is a gear situated in the middle of the seat – allowing you to control the speed but remember to maintain a safe distance from riders in front of you to avoid any accidents. Children are allowed to take the toboggan but those under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Although the ride may appear a bit rough it sure is an exciting way to end your trip to the wall.
Check out the toboggan ride below:
These are just some of the must-see attractions while taking a trip to the Great wall:
3. Jiankou Great wall
6. Huanghuacheng Great wall Lakeside reserve
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