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Great Wall of China
A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson


Great Wall of ChinaYuri Yavnik/Shutterstock

Great Wall of China

49 views to photograph
Great Wall in the sea near Shanhai PassFuzheado/Wikipedia
Great Wall of ChinaHao Wei/Wikipedia
Great Wall of ChinaZhu Difeng/Shutterstock
Great Wall of China at JinshanlingJakub Halun/Wikipedia
Great Wall of China at Juyong PassDennis Jarvis/Flickr
Great Wall of China at MutianyuNicolas Perrault Iii/Wikipedia
Great Wall of China at MutianyuMario Savoia/Shutterstock
Jinshanling Suspension BridgeRonnie Macdonald/Wikipedia
View 3 JinshanlingJakub Hałun/Wikipedia
Worker statueBriyyz/Wikipedia
Camels at Jiayu-PassEmcc83/Wikipedia
Gondola BadalingAhenobarbus/Wikipedia
Great Wall of ChinaFotohunter/Shutterstock
Great Wall of China at BadalingSamxli/Wikipedia
Great Wall of China at Huangya PassRonnie Macdonald/Wikipedia
Great Wall of China at Shanhai PassBenbenw/Wikipedia
Jinshanling GondolaNaplee12/Wikipedia
Small Fangpa Castle at Yumen Pass张骐/Wikipedia
Statue on horsebackGao Jing/Wikipedia
Tower gate at Jiayu-PassHuowax/Wikipedia
View 1 BadalingKeith Roper/Flickr
View 1 JinshanlingJakub Hałun/Wikipedia
View 1 MutianyuJuan Llanos/Flickr
View 1 Taipingzhai to HuangyaguanRonnie Macdonald/Wikipedia
View 2 Taipingzhai to HuangyaguanRonnie Macdonald/Wikipedia
Canons in museumBriyyz/Wikipedia
Gate at Yanmen PassUnderbar Dk/Wikipedia
Great Wall of China at DajingmenWangyunfeng/Wikipedia
Great Wall of China at DandongJack Upland/Wikipedia
Great Wall of China at GubeikouRonnie Macdonald/Wikipedia
Great Wall of China at HuanghuachengShizhao/Wikipedia
Great Wall of China at Hushan立志堂/Wikipedia
Great Wall of China at JiankouJoakim Emanuelson/Wikipedia
Great Wall of China at SimataiJakub Halun/Wikipedia
Great Wall of China at Yang Pass张骐/Wikipedia
Great Wall of China at Yanmen PassAndyso/Wikipedia
Great Wall of China at Yumen PassBairuilong/Wikipedia
View 5 JinshanlingCraig Nagy/Wikipedia
West end of Great Wall of ChinaRoland Longbow/Wikipedia


Map of Great Wall of China

General wall



About PhotoSecrets



A great travel photo­graph requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to essentially re-invent the wheel.

In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

About Bob Krist

Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.


Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic views, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Flick through, enjoy the photos, and see which places inspire you. Get comp­osition ideas, lighting tips, and a brief history. It’ll be like traveling with a location scout and a pro-photo­grapher by your side.

The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. If you have any ides for improvements, please send me an email at

Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

About Andrew Hudson

Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

Andrew has published 15 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.


At a Glance

Name:Great Wall of China
What:Series of fortifications on the northern border of China by Mongolia
Opened:206 BC
From:7th century bce
Fame:UNESCO World Heritage Site
GPS:40.67693, 117.23193
Far:75 km (47 miles) from Beihing
Size:21,196 km (13,171 mi)

The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC; these, later joined together and made bigger and stronger, are now collectively referred to as the Great Wall. Especially famous is the wall built 220–206 BC by Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. Little of that wall remains. Since then, the Great Wall has been rebuilt, maintained, and enhanced; the majority of the existing wall is from the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644).

Other purposes of the Great Wall have included border controls, allowing the imposition of duties on goods transported along the Silk Road, regulation or encouragement of trade and the control of immigration and emigration. Furthermore, the defensive characteristics of the Great Wall were enhanced by the construction of watch towers, troop barracks, garrison stations, signaling capabilities through the means of smoke or fire, and the fact that the path of the Great Wall also served as a transportation corridor.

The Great Wall stretches from Dandong in the east to Lop Lake in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia. A comprehensive archaeological survey, using advanced technologies, has concluded that the Ming walls measure 8,850 km (5,500 mi). This is made up of 6,259 km (3,889 mi) sections of actual wall, 359 km (223 mi) of trenches and 2,232 km (1,387 mi) of natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers. Another archaeological survey found that the entire wall with all of its branches measure out to be 21,196 km (13,171 mi).


















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