Explore the Great Wall
"This book is a must for anyone visiting the Great Wall" - online review on Amazon.co.uk
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).
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.
This guidebook includes all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday on the Great Wall:
- walking notes on seven sections of the Great Wall in detail
- helpful 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.
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Excerpt from an online review by Nick Rushby
The real value of this book lies in the history of the construction of the Great Wall and the detailed descriptions of the sections that are within reasonably easy reach of Beijing. The photographs are, as in the other Rucksack Readers, excellent ... This book is a must for anyone visiting the Great Wall - whether as a walker or a member of an organised tour.
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