Tourists Stack It On Ice-Covered Great Wall Of China

If you're going to fall over on the ice, there are probably a few things to consider.

Probably don't do it when anyone is filming, for one, lest your brief trip to the floor go viral and you become the laughing stock of the world.

Second, don't plan your impromptu measuring of the length of yourself in an internationally famous tourist destination, where people are incredibly likely to be filming things.

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Credit: PA

Thirdly, don't do it in an internationally famous tourist destination that lends itself to a really really obvious pun.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Great Fall of China. No, I'm not going to be the bigger man here.

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Credit: PA

The Great Wall of China has stood since 1644 and spreads over 13,000 miles from the northeast of the country near the border with North Korea to the centre of China, close to the Gobi Desert. The north of China does get awfully chilly - Harbin, one of the biggest cities, hosts a massive ice festival and is basically in Siberia - and, of course, that means that a fair bit of ice tends to accumulate on the floor of the wall.

Given the undulating nature of the landmark, that makes slipping an obvious hazard, though based on the footage, that hasn't deterred legions of tourists from attempting to walk along it anyway.

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Credit: PA

They can be seen hanging onto the sides and attempting to pull themselves up the sloping wall, fighting the good fight against the elements. It isn't known which stretch of the Great Wall of China the footage was taken from, but most people visit the area closest to Beijing, located in the city of Zhangjiakou.

Zhangjiakou is a notably cold place - it will host events at the 2022 Winter Olympics, which is rarely something afforded to warm places - and can experience temperatures as low as -13 during the winter.

One would think that this would preclude visiting it as an outdoor tourist destination (unless, I suppose, you're on a skiing trip), but clearly, enough hardy souls have made the effort to get there, fall over and be filmed in the process.

Good job everyone.

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Mike Wood

Mike Meehall Wood is a freelance journalist and translator. He writes for LADbible, VICE and countless sports publications, focusing on rugby league, football and boxing. He is a graduate of Leeds University and maintains a fizzy pop obsession. Contact Mike at [email protected]

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