5 Books That Are Perfect to Read While Travelling

5 Great Books to Read While Travelling

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It could be said that books are not unlike travel; they’re riddled with unexplored territory, new countries, and unusual people from faraway places.

A good book entertains you on a long bus ride, it keeps you company on a long, sleepless flight. To celebrate the spirit of adventure found both in books and also our hearts, here are five novels that should find a home in your suitcase the next time you set out to explore.

1. On the Road – Jack Kerouac

On the Road is a classic travel novel, a book composed entirely of pavement, the smell of gasoline, and the spirit of a hitchhiker’s thumb.

Written in what borders on free-floating verse, Kerouac describes what he sees and what happens as he road trips across the continental USA in the late 1940’s.

The novel trades a traditional, concrete plot in favor of a narrative which meanders through Kerouac’s thoughts just as he wanders his country. A bit aimless in the best ways, any traveler’s bag is incomplete without a copy.

2. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is a charming, allegorical novel about the journeys we taken within ourselves as well as the world around us.

Through the simple, symbolic story of a young boy who is following his dreams to find treasure, the reader discovers the value of intuition and hope.

Written in straightforward, simple language, The Alchemist reads a bit like a children’s story, but delivers truths that penetrate the heart and challenge your worldview.

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3. In a Sunburned Country – Bill Bryson

This cheeky travel memoir is a shining star in what is Bryson’s impressive bibliography. While many of his books are worthy of mention on this list, In a Sunburned Country is perhaps the best travel memoir written in the last thirty years.

In it, Bryson tells the story of his own journey across the Australian continent–one riddled with mishap, humor and absolute wonder. Woven into the narrative is a deep and rich history of Australia and its people.

Punctuated with anecdotes and jokes that will probably make you laugh out loud on the plane or train station, In a Sunburned Country delivers an entertaining, educational, endearing work that will encourage your sense of wanderlust and pique your interest in the world around you.

4. Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild is a semi-journalistic novel which speaks to the spirit of adventure in anyone who has ever wanted to leave their life behind in favour of adventure.

Based on the true story of Christopher McCandless, this novel follows a boy who prioritizes true adventure at all costs. Having graduated as a top student at Emory, Christopher leaves his life behind to wander the USA.

He hitchhikes, takes odd jobs, and eventually sets his sites on venturing out into the Alaskan wilderness to survive on his own. With a narrative that is a bit reckless and at times sad, this novel is one you have to get your hands dirty to read, but you’ll be glad in the end that you did.

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5. The Life of Pi – Yann Martel

The Life of Pi tells the story of a young boy who, after losing all of his family in a shipwreck, lives several months at sea in the company of a tiger named Richard Parker.

A little unusual and a bit off-beat, this novel stretches it’s narrative in a way that allows readers to submerge themselves entirely; with impeccable detail, Martel allows readers to taste the salt in the sea air and feel the pangs of hunger and thirst pawing at Pi’s stomach.

While trying to survive alongside the tiger, Pi contemplates the meaning of his life, the purpose and function of religion, and the absolute nature of truth in a way that will have readers invested and questioning as well.

This novel is a must-read for any traveler who understands that the discovery of our true selves is, in the end, our most challenging journey.

Final Thoughts

Books are companions and adventures all wrapped into one. When you travel with a book, you never travel alone; as long as you can turn a novel’s page, you’re never stuck in one place.

If you’re feeling a bout of wanderlust or looking for a friend to take on your next long flight or bus ride, one of these five books has exactly what you’re after.

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5 Reasons Why the Great Wall is an Amazing Place for Outdoor Lovers

5 Awesome Things to Do on the Great Wall For Outdoor Enthusiasts
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There are plenty of reasons to visit the Great Wall of China. As an outdoor enthusiast, you might want to do more than just take a walk along the Great Wall. For nature lovers like you, there is plenty more that the Great Wall offers. Learn how you can run a marathon or even hike in one of the guard towers along the Great Wall.

Hiking the Great Wall

By far the best way to really experience the Great Wall is by going through it on foot. A hike on the Great Wall of China is one of most popular ways to experience this ancient feat.

While you do want to prepare with packing the right clothing and footwear, you don’t need fancy equipment or extensive physical training. A hike on the Great Wall is perfect for visitors of all ages.

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Camping on the Great Wall of China

If you want to get more of a historic experience of the Great Wall, consider going camping. Most people have no idea that camping on the Great Wall of China is even possible. Yet you can wake up to the sunrise in a tent pitched in a stone tower right on the wall.

It is one of the most awe-inspiring outdoor experiences you will find while on the Great Wall, and one of the easiest to accomplish. Plan ahead with packing and traveling with ultralight, minimalist style camping gear.

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Run a Great Wall Marathon

Beginning in 1999, the Great Wall Marathon is a full 26.2 miles all along the Great Wall of China. However, the terrain here is much more intense than a typical flat racecourse.

The racecourse traverses the Huangya Pass, which is located east of Beijing. It is made of 5,164 stone steps along with steep hills of the wall’s path. This makes the Great Wall Marathon a vigorous challenge for even the heartiest of runners.

Another monumental marathon that is hosted along the Great Wall is the Jinshanling Great Wall Marathon. This race began in 2001 as a Class 4A race that is run along the Great Wall via the Gubeikou and Jinshanling sections.

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Cycle the Huanghuacheng Section

For a faster tour of the Great Wall climb on the seat of a bicycle and explore the Huanghuacheng section of the wall. Here you see the majestic mountains along with Lake Huanghuacheng, which features a hot spring that makes the cycling worth all the sweat.

Cycling tours are available from April to October. It takes two to three hours to cycle around the Huanghuacheng section.

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Pick Your Own Fruits at Farms

All of that physical excursion is sure to get your appetite roaring. This is where the Great Wall truly provides with pick-your-own fruit farms located near the Mutianyu section. Easily accessible from Beijing, the fruit picking tours are one of the most popular among tourists.

Taste the flavors of locally grown apples, Chinese chestnuts, pears, peaches, strawberries, and much more. At these places, make sure to bring a basket or bag to carry your haul.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

With Christmas nearly upon us, Wild Great Wall Adventure Tours like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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This year has been full of good news and events for us and of course besides congratulate you on Christmas time, we want to show you an instance of those fantastic news, we have been sharing with you in our website.

Good news such those, help us to continue the improvement of our great passion with our Wild Great Wall Adventure Tours.

We’re really thrilled about this new achievement. Our fantastic team and our lovely customers have made possible this one more year!

This year we have celebrated 6 years since we started with this wonderful adventure, in which we pour all our passion, Wild Great Wall Adventure Tours. We loved to walk with you and hope to repeat soon in Beijing!

And we don’t forget that all these news are possible thanks to all our dear guests, our fantastic team and our family and friends support!

At the same time we want to remind you that this season in the festive weeks, we will continue offering our airport layover tours with their usual schedules, and with the Great Wall hiking tours, private driver service. 

For finish we want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a very nice and happy new year. Looking forward to seeing you on one of our tours in 2019.

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How to Choose the Right Great Wall Hike That You’ll Love

Expert Tips For Selecting the Right Great Wall Hiking Routes

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Have you ever been in over your head on a hike that was too difficult for your fitness level? Or have you ever been bored on a hiking tour that turned out to be too flat or too short?

Whether you plan to hike the Great Wall for a day or several days, your Great Wall hiking tour should provide the right challenge. There are several things to consider when choosing a Great Wall hiking route, including rating, difficulty, elevation and more. Here’s how to navigate the rating scale to figure out which route is right for you.

1. Hiking Difficulty

Choose the difficulty level according to your stamina, health condition and age. In fact, there are difficult routes as well as easy routes, choose the one that suit you. Here are some tips to consider when choosing the route.

2. Distance

The longer your hike is, the more difficult it will be. In fact, an experienced hiker can easily cover 3-4 km in an hour. If you are a beginner, you should aim for 1.5-3.0 km per hour. For example:

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3. Elevation Gain

Although you may allocate one-hour for every 3-4 km of hiking, you should allocate extra time for elevation changes. You may need to plan at least an hour for every 300 meters of ascending – depending on your ability.

In fact, the higher you go, the slower you will probably hike. On the other hand, trails that go above the tree line can become rockier and much more difficult to travel. The elevation will also have an impact on your travel.

  • elevation gain from Jinshanling to Jinshanling East: 300m
  • elevation gain from Gubeikou to Jinshanling: 400m
  • elevation gain from Huanghuacheng to Xishuiyu: 250m
  • elevation gain from Jiankou to Mutianyu: 650m

4. Steepness

Steepness is the amount of elevation you would gain within a given distance. In fact, trail grades are usually determined by dividing the horizontal distance of the trail by its vertical distance.

For example:

  • Jinshanling to Jinshanling East hike: More than 35 degrees incline and short steep sections. Sometimes the use of the hands is required for balance. Low risk of slide.
  • Gubeikou to Jinshanling hike: Less than 30 degrees incline and short steep sections, No risk of slide or fall.
  • Huanghuacheng to Xishuiyu hike: Terrain sometimes steep. Low risk of slide, short slides ending without risks.
  • Jiankou to Mutianyu hike: More than 35 degrees incline and short steep sections. Low risk of fall or slide. Sometimes the use of the hands is required for balance.
  • Mutianyu walk: Short steep sections. Sometimes the use of the hands is required for balance. Low risk of fall or slide.
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5. Current Fitness Level

Your fitness level is important when choosing the most suitable Great Wall hike for you. When you try to hike above your ability levels, you may experience problems on the trails such as injury, exhaustion, and inability to finish the hike.

That is why you should opt for something that matches your current fitness levels without immediately choosing a difficult hike just to improve your fitness levels. On the other hand, if you plan to hike the Great Wall with kids, you should keep the hike short and sweet.

6. Scenery

The scenery is also important other than the difficulty level. In case you are interested in witnessing the fascinating sunset and sunrise images of the wall, you should be choosing areas such as Jiankou, Jinshanling, and Simatai. Some of the other sections that are ideal for great photo shoots include the Mutianyu and Huanghuacheng.

7. Safety

Here are the basics that you should take into consideration when planning the hike. It will ensure the safety of you and your crew during the trip.

  • The weather of the specific day’
  • The nature of the trail – such as altitude, gain, terrain, etc.
  • The gear that you should accompany
  • A fully-charged phone
  • Make sure you let people know where you are going, the route, and when you expect to be back.
  • Adequate food and water
  • Other safety concerns such as wildlife access restrictions, etc.

Follow these tips and your Great Wall of China hike is sure to be an epic one that’s memorable for years to come – for all the right reasons!

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Why Everyone Should Visit China At Least Once

8 Great Reasons to Visit China at Least Once in Your Lifetime

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For those among us who are modern explorers, China is a must-visit destination. The Asian giant has a lot to offer with regards to exploration, experience, and activities to engage. If you love nature, there are plenty of sites to explore that are brimming with natural scenery. If you are a historical buff, there are plenty of historical sites to explore.

In a nutshell, there is plenty to explore and enjoy in China. Below are some of the top reasons you should consider a trip to China in your lifetime.

1: The Incredibly Diverse and Unspoiled Scenery

China, as you might know, is one of the largest countries in the world. With its enormous size comes a wide variety of landscapes of great diversity. The country boasts of vast unspoiled and expansive mountain ranges, a tropical and lush landscape, particularly in Xishuangbanna and Hainan, which has been dubbed as The Eastern Hawaii.

Venture to Hangzhou and you find some of the world’s best lake sceneries. In the southeast are pristine shores. There is plenty of natural unspoiled scenery to explore and experience.

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2: Hikers Will Relish the Great Wall of China Hikes

Are you looking for a hike of your lifetime? You won’t regret visiting the Great Wall of China. A structure that is visible from space; a structure that has plenty of history; a structure that is still an amazing wonder of the world, the hiking the Great Wall will leave you in awe.

The snaking wall crisscrosses some of China’s most beautiful vistas. In a nutshell, the meticulously preserved structure yields the best hiking experience you will have in your life.

3: China Is Relatively Safe

China is renowned as one of the safest counties for tourists in Asia. The country is generally safe and very welcoming to visitors. In fact, some of the major tourist destinations in China such as Beijing, are considered the safest cities of their sizes. And the safety is not just a preserve of the major cities.

The country’s security organs go to extraordinary steps to ensure that all the tourists’ attraction sites and the major desertions are safe for tourists to freely visit. In fact, you can explore China alone without encountering any danger or being at risk from any threat.

That being said, it is important for you to use common sense whilst exploring the country. For instance, do not unnecessarily expose yourself to threats and threating situation. A case in point, wandering alone into isolated areas will expose you to the risk of being pickpocketed or robbed.

4: The Food Is Delicious

For the most part, China is famous for their tea and rice. However, the country has much more to offer than rice and tea. Virtually all the different regions of the country have their own unique variety of cuisines.

Venture to Hunnan and Sichuan and you will enjoy some of China’s best spicy food. On the other hand, explore the coastal regions and you will enjoy some of the seafood that China has to offer.

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5: There Are Big Cities And Small Towns With Character

Over the past decade or two, China has developed some of the biggest cities in the world. Big cities like Beijing and Shanghai are at the epicenter China economic transformation and development.

However, there are also plenty of small towns like Yangshuo, Lijiang, Daling etc. all of which exhibit unique characters and display a unique aspect of the Chinese culture, modern and ancient.

6: See The Endangered Pandas

Panda bears are some of the cutest animals to see. They ooze a warm cuddly feeling. Unfortunately, owing to decades of their habitats being decimated, they are now endangered. You can visit the pandas where you get to see them in their natural elements.

For instance, the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base is one of the most accessible venues to see giant pandas in their natural environment.

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7: The People Are Awesome

Being the most populous country in the world, you will meet plenty of people around China. However, the welcoming nature and their natural friendliness ensure your interactions are pleasurable moments to treasure.

The vast majority of people will gladly help visitors, talk to visitors, take pictures with visitors, and be good hosts to visitors.

8: 5,000 Years Of Culture

There are fewer places on the planet that can claim to have the culture that spans 5,000 years. However, for China, it is their reality. The Chinese culture has been in continuous existence for more than 5,000 years, evolving, maturing, but never straying away from its foundation. Exploring Chinese culture is exploring 5,000 years of history.

Other reasons you should consider visiting China like tea (after all, the country is famous for its tea). If you want to learn more about the Silk Road and explore one of history’s greatest trade routes, China should be your number one destination. Another top reason to visit the Asian giant is to learn more about Chinese medicine.

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