THE GREAT WALL at Badaling, 70 km NW of Beijing

The Great Wall is the world's longest human-made structure, stretching over approximately 6,400 km (4,000 miles) from Shanhai Pass in the east to Lop Nur in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia. It is also the largest human-made structure ever built in terms of surface area and mass.

The tourist facility at Badaling at the site of one of the original forts which were built every few kilometres along the wall.. Viewing towers were built at much closer intervals.

A tower at the top




One of the towers


A view of the typical terrain through a "window" of a tower



The wall snakes across the hostile landscape

Further along from the "tourist" section of the wall there is greater deterioration (or not so much restoration)
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