Update: The Great Wall’s cultural department has rejected Airbnb’s plans to allow guests to spend the night on a section of the historic landmark. The organisation say they weren’t given notification of the event and say that it will hamper preservation plans. Airbnb have confirmed that the event is cancelled but say thet will move forward on other “experiences and initiatives that showcase China as a destination and highlight how people-to-people travel can drive human connections.”
Original Article: With 2,600 years of history and over 21,000 kilometers of real estate, the Great Wall of China truly is one of man’s most staggering feats. And for the first time in modern history, Airbnb is offering two lucky guests the chance to stay overnight in their very own abode actually on the Great Wall itself.
It’s part of Airbnb’s ‘Night At’ series. Having offered guests the chance to stay everywhere from the LEGO House in Denmark, to a stay at the Williams Martini F1 Racing Garage, to a night on board a world-leading oceanic research and exploration vessel used on Blue Planet II, the Great Wall of China is Airbnb’s most unique offering to date.
The once-in-a-lifetime experience will host guests in a custom-designed bedroom situated along the ancient portion of the Great Wall in Beijing. It will feature a 360-degree view of the surrounding hillside, a multi-course dinner, and a sunrise hike and tour.
Upon arrival, winners will go on a short hike to the one-of-a-kind bedroom on the wall. Once settled in and the sun begins to set, they’ll enjoy an intimate, multi-course gourmet dinner with each course representing a different aspect of Chinese food culture. There’ll also be a traditional Chinese concert performed as you eat. In the morning, winners will hike up to to the highest watchtower on the Wall to watch the sunrise.
The Airbnb ‘Night At’ the Great Wall of China is naturally completely free to enter. You just need to head over to the Airbnb Listing and answer why you think it’s ‘now more important than ever to break down cultural barriers, and how you would build new connections and links between different cultures.’ Entry closes on Saturday 11th August.
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