It is truly a magnificent sight, standing on a section of the wall and watch how the fortifications roll up hills and down valleys, endlessly into the mist.
The UNESCO World Heritage List includes over a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
Date of Inscription: 1987
Category: Cultural site
UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 438:
“In c. 220 B.C., under Qin Shi Huang, sections of earlier fortifications were joined together to form a united defence system against invasions from the north. Construction continued up to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), when the Great Wall became the world’s largest military structure. Its historic and strategic importance is matched only by its architectural significance.”
My first visit to the Great Wall was in 1985 when I visited the Badaling section north of Beijing. The second visit in 2011 to the Mutianyu section gave material for my video. Needless to say, the Great Wall is truly Great. Period.