Need to get outside? Take a virtual hike on the Great Wall of China from the comfort of your couch
The coronavirus (COVID-19) has the world at a standstill. Since news broke of the new virus that causes flu-like symptoms as well as pneumonia just a few months ago, nations around the globe have taken extreme (and needed) measures to control its spread. That included the closing of borders in Italy, Spain, France, and more, but also the closure of schools, restaurants, bars, events, and even Disney Parks around the world.
However, this doesn’t mean you need to stop enjoying the world around you. All you need to do is travel virtually instead. Museums and cultural centers are coming together to help fill our at-home entertainment needs, and now, The China Guide is offering intrepid internet travelers the chance to take a virtual hike on the Great Wall of China.
“As China’s most famous attraction, the Great Wall of China is an essential stop on any trip to China,” The China Guide wrote. “Commonly considered a wonder of the world, the Great Wall boasts a history of over 2,000 years and stretches more than 3,000 miles across several provinces of northern China, making it one of the most impressive ancient structures on the planet.”
The virtual hike allows visitors to explore the part of the wall from Jinshanling to Simatai, a 6.5-mile stretch that also provides guests with some of the best views of the wall. That is because this region is well-known for having some of the most well-preserved sections with original features still intact.
However, the website also provides far more information than just the virtual tour. Take the journey with your kids, learn a few facts, then, if you’re feeling inspired, start planning a journey there for yourself when the time comes. After all, this is a great time to start a vacation fund and put in whatever you can each day as a family. That way, when it’s time, you’ll have some extra cash on hand to use to travel, dine in your favorite restaurants, and see the world for all its beauty once again.
This story originally appeared on travelandleisure.com by Stacy Leasca.