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Visiting The Great Wall Of China

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We all know that China has a great wall. But do we all know how great the wall of China truly is?

One of the most popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites, The Great of Wall of China is an epitome of the rich history and the vibrant culture of the Chinese people since the Qin dynasty in 221 B.C. It also represents the now People’s Republic of China as one, with a millennia of knowledge and an era of skills about history and culture both defending the nation from those who only seek the land for their own interests.

That being said, here’s an important tip when visiting The Great Wall of China:

Choose your start point wisely.

Believe it or not, you can visit The Great Wall of China from at least 10 start points found all over China.

This includes Badaling in Yanquing District, which is one of the most visited Great Wall sections; and Mutianyu in Huairou County, which is one of the best preserved Great Wall sections.

There’s also Juyongguan in Changping District, which is known for its Cloud Platform gate; and Simatai in Miyun County, which is known for its Heavenly Stairs access.

And oh…let’s not forget Jinshanling in Luanping County, which is best known for its mysterious screen wall.

Other sections of the Great Wall include Huanghuacheng, Shanhaiguan, Yanmenguan, Jiayuguan, and Yumenguan – all of which, along with those mentioned beforehand, represents how great the wall of China truly is.

Choose your start point wisely by evaluating yourself in terms of: (1) baggage (2) endurance (3) and spontaneity. This is for you to know what things you should just bring upon arrival, what condition you must be in while exploring, and how you can make the experience more fun (e.g. biking The Great Wall of China).

Any other tips when visiting The Great Wall of China? Share them with us below!

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Don’t Let the Stress of Traveling Get to You

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Traveling is a great time to have fun and do things you love. But it has its share of stress factors. Overcrowded airports or highways, flight delays, and other unpleasant situations can sap you of much needed energy. Luckily, there are ways to take the stress out of traveling and get the most out of your trip.

Set out early. Arriving earlier than usual at the airport, train, or bus station reduces the amount of stress you get to experience while traveling. Anticipate traffic, passenger security screening measures, and other travel-related procedures that may be delayed for whatever reason.

Get familiar with your destination. If you are heading out to an unfamiliar place, it would greatly help if you get to know more of your destination. There is no shortage of resources you can find both online and offline. Read various reviews as well as travel books about the place you wish to explore.

Keep positive. A positive mindset is helpful in managing stress. You can start with an attitude of expecting the unexpected. Expect that things will not always turn out as planned or as how you wanted it to be. Go with the unique flow that holiday travel has. Try to look at the bright side when your plans hit a snag. Overbooking, flight delay or cancellation, and whatever it is that would affect your itinerary are all potential causes of frustration that you have to accept and cope with.

Practice mindfulness. You can practice mindfulness and find ways to meditate during your trip. Find a spot where you can be comfortable and spend at least 10 to 15 minutes quieting your mind by focusing on the present. Just concentrate on your breathing and let go of the worries you may have about your trip.

Take care of your health. Drink plenty of water, stretch, and keep moving while traveling to refresh your mind and body. Eat healthy to maintain your energy levels as well as to avoid irregular bowel syndrome which can be common among travelers.

Pack light. One of the best ways to take the stress out of holiday travel is to pack and travel light. Lugging a lot of bulky baggage around congested airports or train stations can be exhausting and stressful. You also have to consider the long queues in check-in counters due to the more number of bags that have to be processed during the holidays. Packing light allows you to move around more easily and with less worry about losing your bags for whatever reason.

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