Life Lessons: Conquer the Great Wall of China

Scouring the globe for destinations and experiences which can influence, change, and teach you something different about yourself and the world, it is tempting to seek out only the new or unknown. But we’ve resisted the temptation and instead we’ve looked back in time to discover the lessons that lie along The Great Wall of China.

Though it’s not true that it’s visible from space, this great wonder is a staggering 13,000 miles long, twisting and turning through China’s northern territories and visible from a long way off. The Great Wall of China has been constantly added to, destroyed, rebuilt and maintained over the last 2,000 years, and it has stood as a feat of human achievement through the ages. And we believe there is a life lesson here, as you make your way along the wall and through the surrounding sketch-book green hills of China’s countryside.

With each change to the wall, each turn in a new direction, history is screaming out for you to ask why. The stories of emperors and dynasties, marauding invaders and conquest is enough to fill a library full of storybooks, but the changes in the Wall tell us these stories themselves. Just by walking along it, you are tracing years of history and we can see the pace of change in China. The Wall tells a story of time through the ages, preserving thousands of years of different cultures and happenings.

We stood on the Wall, looking out over the spectacular, rolling landscape, and thought to ourselves, that if this Great Wall charts change in China, what clues does it give us for the future? It is this questioning that makes The Great Wall of China such an integral place to learn about yourself and your world, about the past, the present and the future. And in the midst of that, we ask ourselves, what is change? The answer? Only you know that.

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