HAPPY NEW YEAR!
A New Year’s Eve countdown ceremony was held at Badaling section of the Great Wall, attracting spectators from home and abroad.
The ceremony featuring a lot of folk arts with the participation by many local villagers, was also aimed at promoting the tourism industry in Beijing.
So…January 1, 2014. What did you do?
We went to the Great Wall of China!
We actually rented a car to do a private tour of the MOST famous great wall section, Badaling Great Wall. There are a few sections of great wall close to Beijing. Mutianyu, we have done before with James. But since Badaling is the MOST touristy and busiest section of the wall, and the favorite among Chinese, of course that is the one I wanted to do for New Year’s Day 2014.
The Great Wall is a symbol of Chinese civilization, and one of the wonders that the Chinese people have created. Badaling Great Wall, the most representative part, was promoted as a key national cultural relic, protected under the approval of the State Council in 1961. In 1988, it was enlisted in the World Cultural Heritage Directory by UNESCO. On July 7, 2007, it gained the worldwide reputation once again: it was listed among the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Badaling Great Wall is situated over 70 kilometres north of Beijing city. It is the most well-preserved section of the Great Wall, built during the Ming Dynasty. (1368-1644).
Here’s to a brand new year!