My favourite place: The Great Wall of China

Continuing our historical holidays series, Vanessa Collingridge shares her thoughts on an imposing reminder of many centuries of conflict

The stretch of the Great Wall at Mutianyu, China

This article was first published in the May 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Strangely enough, I didn’t have high hopes of my first visit to the Great Wall of China. Even though (or because) it’s one of the most famous structures on Earth, I thought it could never live up to its billing, nor those iconic photographs of watchtowers and wall snaking into the misty, grey-green mountains.

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