Photo: Airbnb

Camp Out on the Great Wall of China, Courtesy of Airbnb

China Epic Stays
by Eben Diskin Aug 2, 2018

The Great Wall of China, one of the new seven wonders of the world, attracts millions of travelers each year, but you can bet very few of them have actually camped out on the wall itself. In partnership with the Beijing Tourism Department, Airbnb is offering the chance for four people to spend the night on the Great Wall of China between September 4th and September 7th.

Great Wall of China - Airbnb contest photo

Photo: Airbnb

Entering the contest is simple. From Thursday, August 2nd, until midnight on Saturday, August 11th (Beijing time), visit Airbnb’s Night at the Great Wall contest page and answer two questions in under 550 characters:

  • Why is it more important now than ever to break down barriers between cultures?
  • How would you want to build new connections?

Evaluating for creativity and originality, a panel of judges will select the four winners. If you’re lucky enough to win, you and your guest will be flown to Beijing, courtesy of Airbnb, take a short hike to the watchtower that Airbnb has repurposed into a bedroom, and then sit down for a dinner consisting of traditional Chinese cuisines and live music. The next morning, you’ll learn more about the Great Wall and the efforts to preserve it, as well as partake in a Chinese calligraphy class.

Great Wall glamping contest accommodation preview

Photo: Airbnb

To enter the contest, you and your guest must both be 21 or older, have a valid passport, and be available for travel between September 3rd and September 9th. You must also be a resident of one of the following countries:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • France
  • China (including Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan)

Oh, and you must be fluent in Chinese, English, French, Japanese, and/or Korean.


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