The Great Wall of China – Ancient Legacy for Kids

Travelling is an excellent way to experience life, by broadening your horizons and learning things, which applies to both adults and kids. Therefore, at the rest of year, why not thoroughly plan and take your kids on a vacation they’ll never forget? The Great Wall of China, known as one of the Seven World Wonders bearing exceptional testimony to the ancient Chinese civilizations is always considered as the essential of the best family tour to China. Surely, its grandness and magnificence will impress everyone upon first glance, and furthermore, show children an unparalleled achievement in human history!

Recommended China Great Wall Tours

The Great Wall is a series of defensive fortifications built against the nomadic groups from the north, some of which can be traced back to the 7th century BC during the Spring and Autumn, and Warring States Periods. Later Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, had these earlier walls joined together and extended. At this point, the Great Wall made its debut as a whole. Ever since then, it has on and off been rebuilt and enhanced, until to the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), when the Great Wall became the world’s largest military structure. When facing a great defensive structure like the Great Wall, Children will be excited to learn about its function, military strategy status and the legendary history, as well as be marveled at the building and engineering skills 2000 years ago.

The Great Wall is indeed an architecture of curiosities. The children may wonder how this great project was built? Who built it? And many more interesting questions. The Great Wall stretches 21,196 km (13,171 mi) through deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus from east to west of China (some walls are now in ruins or have disappeared). It is mainly made of rammed earth, stones and wood in the early times, and adopted bricks in the Ming Dynasty. The construction demonstrates the wisdom and perseverance of the ancient Chinese. However, to build it, the human cost was huge, as hundreds of thousands of workers died.

Strolling on the Great Wall, the horse tracks, watch towers, garrison stations, shelters, and fortresses and passes along the Wall can still remind us the cries of battle. When children are encouraged to explore it, what is likely to come to their mind?

The Wall better preserved and most famous were mainly built in Ming Dynasty, many of which are located in the north of Beijing including Juyongguan Pass, Badaling, Mutianyu, Jinshanling and Simatai. Badaling Great Wall is the most well-preserved but with daunting crowds. So we suggest the family with kids go to the remote Jinshanling section with striking mountain views, or Mutianyu section, an hour north of Beijing, featuring delightful pastoral scenery. Simatai section is more authentic, as It reminds what it looked like 500 years ago. Consider visiting the Great Wall in winter, Children will definitely love this magnificent construction in snow!

Stay overnight at the foot of Mutianyu Great Wall in Beijing

The outskirts of Mutianyu Town, about one hour driving from downtown Beijing, boasts some of the most magnificent sceneries imaginable, and has been home to two boutique retreats – The Schoolhouse and The Brickyard, both of which offer unobscured views of the Great Wall, and provide visitors a chance to stay out of the hustle and bustle of touristy Beijing.

The Brickyard Inn, Beijing

The Brickyard Inn

Open in 2005, The Schoolhouse was transformed from an abandoned primary school, and now has grown into a comprehensive lodging and dining destination. Later, the owner and designer, Jim Spear discovered “a new land”, the former Brickyard, which was a glazed tile factory always pouring black coal smoke at that time, but as the Mr. Spear said featured with unarguable view! After years of elaborately remodeling, The Brickyard is now famed as a lush eco-retreat with 25 striking guest rooms and cosy services.

The Brickyard Inn, Beijing

the fireplace in the room of Brickyard Inn

Green is the focal point of both Schoolhouse and Brickyard. They also prefer local supplies including foods and employees regarding it as a society mission. For travelers seeking something different, to have a stay at Schoolhouse or Brickyard will be a compelling case.

The Schoolhouse, Beijing

Visitors are appreciating the glassblowing demonstation within The Schoolhouse

There are a lot of things you would like to experience! Feast on excellent western or local foods; visit various art exhibitions and appreciate glassblowing and lamp-working demonstrations by the retreat’s own craftspeople; ramble on through the serene village to feel world away from the chaos of Beijing; relax with the outdoor spa after hikingthe Great Wall; take a morning yoga near a lotus pond. Almost all visitors, though having a short stay, find it is very rewarding, not only the superior retreat amenities and friendly staff, but the abundant activities provided at the foot of Mutianyu Great Wall as well!

The Schoolhouse, Beijing

People are dining and having so much fun in the Schoolhouse