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I want to walk the Great Wall of China

Updated on March 23, 2014

If Olivia Newton John can do it, I can too

They say the longest journey starts with the first step. Physically speaking, I have to get to China first.

Ever since I cheered on Olivia Newton John from my armchaiir as she walked the Great Wall of China, I've been determined to do the same.

Olivia walked the Wall in 2008 to raise money for cancer sufferers and their families.

No one will sponsor me, but I will make the walk just the same.

The Great Wall of China was built over 2,000 years ago, on the orders of Emperor. Qin Shi Huangdi

The Great Wall is one of the largest building construction projects ever completed, stretching across the mountains of northern China, winding north and northwest of Beijing.

Everyone has been on the Great Wall except me!

Since China launched the tourism industry, over 150 million people have visited the Great Wall.

Queens, Prime Ministers, Emperors and Presidents have stood on the Wall. Over 800 world leaders have walked on the wall - and they all took no more than a few perfunctory steps.

Llike a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 8,851.8 kilometers (5,500 miles) from east to west of China.

I won't be walking all of that to be sure, but I can, at least, take a walking tour

During its construction, the Great Wall was called "the longest cemetery on earth" because so many people died building it.

Reportedly, it cost the lives of more than one million people.

A Conservation Challenge

Having defended China for more than two millennia, the Great Wall was eventually abandoned in the wake of the Manchu invasion of 1644.

Today, the Great Wall is a mere shadow of its former self. Over the centuries, various forces, both natural and man-made, have conspired to alter, damage, and destroy it, leaving an estimated 4,500 kilometers-or two-thirds-of its original structure standing.

What remains of the wall presents one of the world's great conservation challenges.

There's a satisfaction in seeing the road stretch out before you, seeing its journeying, and knowing how far you have to go before it ends.

The Chinese invented the wheelbarrow and used it extensively in building the Great Wall.

The Great Walk Theme Song

The Great Wall is in Trouble

With so many tourists, rave concerts, techno-parties and campers on the Wall, it may not be standing much longer. I'd better get there fast.

Would you walk the wall?

If you had the chance, would you do it?

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