Explore the Great Wall

Printed book £12.50

Jacquetta Megarry

The Great Wall of China is the largest construction on earth, yet myths about it are more widely known than facts. The best way to appreciate the Great Wall is to explore it on foot. This richly illustrated book focuses on especially rewarding parts of the Ming Dynasty Wall (1368-1644).

This guidebook offers:

  • walking notes on seven sections of the Great Wall in detail
  • clear site plans of Badaling, Mutianyu and Simatai
  • two map panels showing the entire Wall network, plus one panel around Beijing (larger scale)
  • practical information about transport and travel
  • introduction to Mandarin Chinese, Pinyin and pictographs
  • lavishly illustrated, with 70 colour photographs
  • rucksack-friendly format

The sections include Laolongtou, where the Great Wall runs into the sea, and Panjiakou reservoir, a tranquil hike and boat trip. The glorious stretch from Simatai to Jinshanling runs along high ridges with 30 watch towers, and the Badaling and Mutianyu sections are surprisingly accessible from Beijing. The book sets the Ming Wall in the context of wall systems developed by different dynasties since the seventh century BC.

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Book data

  • Explore the Great Wall
  • Jacquetta Megarry
  • November 2003
  • UK price £12.50
  • 64pp+3pp map flap
  • 145x210 mm
  • ISBN: 978-1-898481-17-1

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“This book is a must for anyone visiting the Great Wall.”

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