The Great Wall of China is one of the world’s most awe-inspiring attractions, but its ancient allure means that massive crowds flock to the site every day for a glimpse. But there’s a new opportunity to experience the wall in relative solitude, as Airbnb has launched a new competition that will let four lucky travellers spend a night there.
Winners will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to call the historic fortification their home for a night, due to a collaboration between the Beijing Tourism Development Committee and Airbnb.
A Unesco World Heritage Site and a must-see tourism spot in China, this will be a totally different way to experience the walls and the first time travellers will be able to stay overnight.
The company describes the wall as “a redefined boundary that connects people and culture. By putting the Great Wall on its platform, Airbnb is celebrating the symbolic joining of people from around the world, while spotlighting the rich Chinese heritage and culture.” If it sounds like a place you want to explore, then travellers must describe “why it is more important now than ever to break down barriers between cultures, and how they would want to build new connections through this experience.”
The four winners will enjoy a day and night of events between 4 and 7 September. Each will get to spend a night on the Great Wall, as well as having a sunset dinner, a classical music concert and a calligraphy experience. After that, they will get to take a sunrise hike through the Chinese countryside, and learn about the history of the wall and protection efforts from an official historian.