Updated Guide to the Great Wall of China 2019

Jul 12, 2019 | China, Escape

Culture & Travel 

The Great Wall of China, 長城 | David Petit

The Great Wall of China is not only one of the most breathtaking sights in the world. Here is an updated guide to this heritage site before you visit including where to pee!

Your visit to China would not be complete without visiting the Great Wall. This vast structure was first made in 771 BC and spans more than 5,500 miles. Before you visit this site, here are a couple of facts you should know.

There is an Ongoing Tourist Cap

Starting on May 28, 2019, the country’s tourism office put a limit on the number of people allowed to visit The Great Wall’s Badaling section. This is the part which gets the greatest foot traffic with over 80,000 visitors per day.

This cap is an effort to solve the large crowd problem of the area which makes it feel claustrophobic. Now, only 65,000 tickets will be released per day.

Great Wall of China - Warrick Wynne

Great Wall of China | Warrick Wynne

The Great Wall is not Consistent

While many people think that the Great Wall of China is just one very long wall, it is not! It is actually a defensive network made up of many walls which were built in different periods. Despite this, it is the longest man-made structure in the world.

 Even though it is called a wall, the reality is more complicated than that. The Great Wall of China is actually made up of comprehensive structures used to block enemies, with beacon towers and watchtowers for easier communication. It also has fortresses and barracks for the soldiers.

Parts of the Wall are Under Renovation

Parts of the Jiankou Great Wall located in the northern Huairou District will be renovated by the National Cultural Administration. The renovation will cover more than 2,700 meters which include 17 towers. It is set to start in August 2019 and will be completed on August the following year. On 2020 to 2021, another part of the wall will be renovated.

Jiankou - Mutianyu Section of the Wall - Kaboem

Jiankou – Mutianyu Section of the Wall | Kaboem

How Can You “Take Care of Your Business” In The Great Wall?

Exploring the hiking trails of the Great Wall is an adventure everyone needs to experience. But how can you exactly find a toilet in what seems to be a never-ending wall?

The answer? You can’t. This is why it is recommended to go to the bathroom before you make way to the main entrance in Gubeikou or Jinshanling. Trust us, you will be happy you forced yourself to do your business. However, expect that there will be no western style bathrooms, only “squatty potties.”

 If you do feel the call of nature while on your hike, do not hold it in. The last thing you want is to develop a bladder infection. It is actually permitted to use the side of the path as a restroom since there are no toilet facilities for miles. Just make sure to stay away from Poison Oak leaves.

Along the Great Wall of China - ChrisUK

Along the Great Wall of China | ChrisUK

Around 30% of the Site has Disappeared

Because of human damage and natural erosion, approximately 2,000 kilometers of the Great Wall is gone. This totals to around 30% of the Ming Great Wall. To keep this from happening, the Chinese government has made various efforts to protect the site and continue its maintenance and renovation.

The End at Great Wall of China

The End at Great Wall of China | Prashanth Raghavan

As responsible tourists, it is advised not to take bricks home (you’d be surprised at how many individuals do this), and avoid graffiti and littering. The government also recommends planting trees along the slopes.

It Cannot Be Seen from Space

While studying astronomy, you may have been told that the Great Wall is so huge it can be seen from space. Unfortunately, it is not true. This myth actually originated because of a book by William Stukeley.

Can’t Wait to Visit the Great Wall of China?

Now that you know more about the great wall of China, you are finally ready for an adventure of a lifetime. When visiting this world wonder, don’t forget to embrace its long and rich history.

BIGBANG, Rich Brian, Peggy Gou, Among Asian Artists Performing in Coachella

Legendary music festival Coachella recently released its 2020 lineup – its most diverse ever. Take a look at all Asian artists that will take the Coachella stage by storm.

Manners: The Big, Ugly Mirror of China

Are manners now dying in China, where economic competition and social statuses remain top priorities?

The Race for 5G In Asia

Unsurprisingly, the 5G race in Asia sees South Korea and China leading the pack for fifth-generation mobile interconnectivity.

A Short Guide to Red Bean Paste: The Sweet Essence of East Asia

Bean paste comes in many shapes and forms but one thing is constant: the ingredient is a special and meaningful component of different East Asian cultures

Amla: The Wonders of Indian Gooseberries

Amla: Indian gooseberries are taking Hollywood by storm as the most efficient beauty trend in the market

Fastest Growing Refugee Crisis: Myanmar’s Brutal Ethnic Cleansing

Hundreds of thousands of civilians ostracized in their own home and rejected by their neighbors

Thai Cuisine Get Two Michelin Stars for the First Time in Thailand

Two restaurants in Bangkok have each earned a pair of coveted Michelin stars, the first time the leading guide has awarded the accolade to local establishments offering Thai cuisine.

Chinese Poachers Destroy South China Sea Corals

Satellite images show sea intense coral reef damage due to poaching of Giant Clams

The Ride-Sharing Industry in Asia

With BILLIONS of trips completed in 2018, Asia remains the bastion of the global ridesharing industry

Asia’s Obsession with White Skin

Take a look at why millions of Asian women want whiter skin

China: Some Children are Learning to Code Before Even Entering Primary School

Wearing a pair of black-rimmed glasses and a red T-shirt, an eight-year-old Chinese boy is logged in for an online coding lesson – as the teacher.

Japan: Mitsubishi Debuts Most Expensive Bread Toaster

The perfect toaster can finally be yours. However, prepare to shell out money. Japan’s pricey toasters prove its obsession with achieving perfection one bread at a time.

Queen to Bring Bohemian Rhapsody Tour In Japan Next Year

Iconic British Rock band Queen to perform in Japan in 2020

Death of Whistleblower Doctor Sparks Outrage in China

The death of a whistleblowing doctor whose early warnings about China’s new coronavirus outbreak were suppressed by the police has unleashed a wave of anger at the government’s handling of the crisis — and bold demands for more freedom.

The Truth About Asia and its Obsession with Plastic

Plastic waste has become a common sight in Asia. But why should you care?

Chinese Fans Mourn the Loss of Superstar Kobe Bryant

NBA star Kobe Bryant’s death triggered an outpouring of grief on Monday in China, where he was beloved by fans, with a hashtag of the news drawing more than a billion views.

Which Asian Films Will Win in the Next Oscars?

Around 25 films have been selected by the 5th annual Asian World Film Festival to qualify for the Best International Film competition at the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards. Get to know some of these films below.

Asia-Africa Relations: Stronghold of Culture and Business

This connection packs a punch far stronger and better than what meets the eye

21 Studio Ghibli Anime Films Coming to Netflix

Animated films from Japan’s Studio Ghibli, including Oscar winner “Spirited Away”, are coming to streaming giant Netflix, delighting many fans but leaving US subscribers disappointed as they will miss out.

Top Culinary Schools in Asia

If you want to bring your Asian cooking skills to the next level, here are some of the best culinary schools in Asia

Asia’s Hidden Problem: Polluted Water

In the midst of war, access to clean water remains a priority in conflict-ridden states in Asia.

Malaysia’s Cut On Sand Export May Affect Singapore’s Expansion Plans

Malaysia issues a ban on the export of sea sand to Singapore, a move which, according to experts, could upset the island-state’s extensive expansion plans.

Kim Jong-Un: The Asian Bad Boy with the Jets and the Dough

How rich is Kim Jong-Un? His wealth is believed to be in the billions, but his people are probably fighting for scraps at this very moment.

Missing Parents: Turkey’s Uighur Refugee Camp Turns Orphanage

The school on the outskirts of Istanbul is a rare place where Uighur child refugees from China can study their language and culture.

Shanghai’s Pet Detective Reunited Thousands of Beloved Pets with Owners

Private sleuth Sun Jinrong brings heat detectors, tiny surveillance cameras, and a blow dart loaded with a tranquiliser to his search for one desperate client’s missing loved one: A cat named Duoduo.

Country Profile: Timeless Beauty of Thailand

A glimpse into this mythical country and what makes Thailand so dang enticing

South Korean Hotels Secretly Film Guests

South Korea’s hotels plagued with hidden cameras

Are Chinese Troops Allowed in Hong Kong?

A brief and rare deployment of Chinese troops in Hong Kong to clean up streets has raised questions about whether Beijing will intervene militarily to end nearly six months of pro-democracy protests.

Vietnam: Movie ‘Abominable’ Pulled Over South China Sea Map

Vietnam has pulled the animated film “Abominable” from theatres over a scene featuring a map of the South China Sea showing Beijing’s claims in the flashpoint waterway, cinemas and state media reported Monday.

Malnourished Chinese Student Death Sparked Uproar Over Misuse of Charity Funds

Angry Chinese social media users are demanding answers after news circulated that a university student who spent less than a dollar a day on food had died despite raising thousands of dollars in donations.

Vietnam Environmental Activist Sentenced to Six Years

A Vietnamese environmental activist was beaten in prison for refusing to confess his crimes, his wife told AFP Friday in the one-party communist state notorious for jailing critics.

Japan Seeks Dominance In Global Renewable Energy Race

Blessed with a variety of renewable resources like wind, solar, and marine, Japan is now looking to dominate the global renewable energy race. And it starts with an Olympic event.

How Kim Kardashian Used Controversy To Her Advantage

Did Kim Kardashian-West really commit an innocent mistake, or was everything a clever move to trigger talk about Kimono Solutionwear?

China Propose Guidelines for Parents to Put Their Kids to Sleep by 10pm

A new rule being mulled in China to allow schoolchildren to go to bed by 10pm, even if they haven’t finished their homework, has prompted heated debate about the country’s education system.

The Unbanked in Asia

Southeast Asia alone has 650 million unbanked individuals. Despite improving connectivity, many countries in Asia still show large percentages of the ‘unbanked,’ or people who simply do not have ownership or access to traditional bank accounts.

Japan’s Ever-Growing Love Affair With Baseball

If India has cricket and the Philippines has basketball, Japan, meanwhile, has an undying love affair with baseball.

Taiwan’s Horror Game Under Fire for Anti-China Message

The Taiwanese game faced controversy after gamers found a hidden message in the film which insulted Chinese President Xi Jinping.

New Filipino Superhero Joins Marvel Comics

Fresh from the success of the theatrical release of “Captain Marvel” and just in time for the celebration of International Women’s Day, Marvel Comics is set to unveil a new female superhero from the Philippines.

Live Organ Harvesting in China

Is China harvesting organs from live prisoners?

Cryptocurrencies in Asia: Singapore & China

Cryptocurrencies are finding a comfortable forever home in Singapore and China

Getting To Know The Asian Skin Care Regimen

The ultimate guide to the achieve the radiant-looking Asian Skin complexion

Top Asian Beauty Gurus You should Subscribe to on YouTube

The best and fastest way to learn makeup trends is through YouTube. Asian beauty vloggers on the platform are on the rise, here are some of the favorites to check out.

China: Universal Studios Park will Use Facial Recognition

The Universal Studios amusement park under construction in Beijing will admit visitors without a ticket thanks to cameras that will scan their faces to determine if they’ve paid for entry.

Take A Peek in Korea’s Only Sex Theme Park

A park in Jeju island is leading the world’s race for the kinkiest theme park – a true testament to the adage “sex sells.”

Make Your Own Gin at the Singapore’s Distillery

In a Singapore distillery, the smell of pine, citrus and flowers fills the air as students crush juniper berries, blending them with their own choice of ingredients to make custom gin with an Asian twist.

Pili Nuts: The Superfood You Probably Haven’t Tried Yet

Due to the spike of interest in health and wellness, people all over the world are clamoring for superfoods that can sustain their nutritional and energy needs. Make way for the delicious Pili Nuts that have yet crack the market in the west.

Man Runs Ultra Marathon in Apartment as China Fights Virus

A fanatical runner jogged the equivalent of an ultra-marathon inside his small apartment as people in virus-hit China desperately try to keep fit while cooped up indoors.

Producer to Maker: The Rise of Southeast Asian Chocolate Brands

Everyone loves chocolate. Regardless of cultural affiliation, country of origin, age, or gender you belong, it would be hard to resist the urge to gobble down this so-called food of the gods, especially when you begin to smell that distinctly warm and richly sweet aroma.

Medical Marijuana To Be Made Available in Thailand

Thailand is making headway in making medical marijuana available to all patients nationwide.

Tradition Turns to Art: The Vietnamese Bamboo Circus

The traveling Vietnamese circus turning cultural heritage into masterful performance that may rival with Cirque du Soleil

Orange Beard is Trending in Bangladesh

From shades of startling red to hues of vivid tangerine, brightly coloured beards have become a fashion statement on the streets of Bangladesh capital Dhaka.