The Great Wall of China: why walk when you can slide?
Posted on 07/02/2019
Visiting the Great Wall of China is every travel-lover's dream, even though walking along all 21,196 kilometer of it is quite the challenge. However, did you know that there are other ways of conquering this world famous attraction? Here's a look at the Great Wall of China slide.
The Great Wall of China
This ancient series of walls is believed to be 500 years old, stretching an incredible 21,196 kilometers. It winds its way long deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, and over 10 million visitors admire the beauty of these landscapes from the wall each year. But did you know that there's another way to explore the Great Wall?
Where and what is it?
The slide is located in the Mutianyu section of the wall, which is around a two-hour drive north of Beijing. Mutianyu itself is a small mountain village home to a restored section of the wall. This section of the wall sees far fewer tourists than the popular Badaling section which is much closer to Beijing.
Once you've reached the top of the Great Wall at Mutianyu either by gondola or chair lift, an alpine slide is ready to take you on a windy, five-minute ride back down the mountain. At 1580 meters in length, you'll be riding back down in a toboggan having the time of your life. This slide has even seen the likes of Michelle Obama and Peyton Manning who couldn't wait to give it a go.
Is it practical?
You might find yourself asking if the slide is easy to operate, but more importantly is it safe? In terms of safety, you have full control over the speed of your toboggan so it is safe to use. However, you should ensure you leave enough space between yourself and the rider in front of you, just like you would if you were driving a car. In terms of complexity, the ride is pretty simple. You have a control stick which you use to slow down or speed up, and there are plenty of signs and staff members situated along the route to remind you when to slow down. However, this ride is not for everyone. If you lack the arm strength needed to be able to push the control stick down for a large part of the ride or have trouble with control and speed, you may just have to go back to walking the wall.