When we finally made it to the wall I was so happy & amazed. It blew my mind to see it in person. There is so much history & it is gigantic. You always are hearing about the Great wall of China & how long it is & how big it is, but seeing it in real life really blows your mind, especially to think how they built it all by hand. There are a few different tourist points on the wall, we opted to visit the Matianyu section which isn't as touristic or crowded, we took a gondola up & a slide down to the bottom! Walking along the wall was really cool, you are so much higher than any of the nearby villages & the greatness of the wall is so much more noticeable. We walked along towards the slide going up & down with the hills, up gigantic steps & through the guard towers. By the time we reached the slide my legs were so shaking from walking on so many steep slopes, haha, so I was pretty happy to have reached our destination. The slide is an alpine slide going down to the bottom where we caught the gondola. You weave between trees & bushes & are up pretty high, it was really fun to go down buuuut, a lot of people riding it didn't really understand how the sleds worked, so there was also a lot of stopping & bumping, haha.
The building of the Wall began in the 700's BC, to keep inner Asia separate, but over different dynasties & rulers the Walls location & formation was changed, but it continued being built until 1911. The sections of the wall that are in the best form & are most often visited we're built during the Ming dynasty between 1339-1644. & it is a UNESCO site :)