You could be one of the first people in thousands of years to spend the night on the Great Wall of China thanks to a new initiative from Airbnb!
This September, four lucky winners will spend the night on the Great Wall of China in a custom-designed home situated along the ancient portion of the wall.
The home-sharing platform said the initiative aims to showcase the Great Wall to the world and promote sustainable tourism to China by spotlighting wide-ranging efforts to preserve the Wall’s deep heritage and bring Chinese culture to life.
Known as one of the greatest architectural feats in human history, the Great Wall was built as a border to protect Chinese states against raids thousands of years ago.
Today, it is widely considered to be one of the seven wonders of the modern world, bringing visitors from all walks of life together.
Travellers will be able to sleep in a one-of-a-kind modern bedroom created within a centuries-old tower perched along the Wall with 360-degree views offering the perfect vantage point to see the moon and stars.
There’s even an intimate gourmet dinner with multiple courses, each representing a different aspect of Chinese culture on offer, complete with a traditional Chinese music experience, which is bookable year-round for all travellers to China.
After a night under the stars, the experience continues with a sunrise hike through China’s breathtaking countryside while learning about the Great Wall, its heritage, history and protection efforts from the Wall’s official historians.
During the stay, each winner will also have a chance to get hands-on with some of the most celebrated aspects of Chinese culture through additional Airbnb Experiences currently on the platform, such as making their own personal stamp by learning Chinese seal-engraving or learning calligraphy on Chinese traditional fans during a personal Chinese calligraphy course.
Airbnb said the experience is a response to a growing interest and popularity of Airbnb in China, where there have been over 10 million guest arrivals by Chinese travellers in Airbnb listings around the world since the company was founded in 2008, with over half of those occurring just in the past year.
Similarly, growth within China is strong. The number of Airbnb listings in China has grown by 125 percent, and there have been more than 3.3 million guest arrivals in Airbnb listings in China over the past year.
For your chance to spend the night on the Great Wall, enter here.