The Great Wall of China is one of those amazing places that actually lives up to the hype. I got the opportunity to visit the Great Wall on the recent trip to China with the FIA GT1 World Championship, travelling 2-hours outside of Beijing to a 20km stretch of restored wall with some of my work colleagues from SRO and several of the GT1 drivers.
The guide on the trip started throwing some amazing statistics into her introduction. Parts of the wall date back over 2500 years and at one stage was 10000km long (yes ten thousand!), which makes Hadrian's Wall look a bit of a poor relation. We spent the morning on the Wall in 30 degree heat, with some steep climbs and steps that changed pitch at irregular intervals (this was a defence mechanism to keep attackers who gained a foothold on the wall off guard). The climbs and heat certainly gave us all a work out which came as part of the entry price.
An amazing place and very pleased we got to visit.