How to win a luxury stay at the Great Wall of China
IMAGINE sleeping under the stars on one of the world’s most historically and culturally significant sites surrounded by luxury amenities.
Well, for eight lucky people this fantasy could very soon become a reality as home-sharing giant Airbnb has just announced a first of its kind overnight experience on the Great Wall of China.
In the past, Airbnb has hosted guests in some pretty awesome places, from the treetops of Bali to waterfront beach huts of New South Wales.
But this listing steps up a notch, quite literally. Guests will be staying in a chicly transformed turret on the 21,000 kilometer-long wall which has tens of thousands of steps.
The Great Wall attracts around 10 million visitors every year, which in the past have included 300 heads of state and a multitude of VIPs, but none of them have ever (legally) stayed on the wall before.
The wall was initially built to symbolize a border and protect China from northern invaders.
Although it may now only be a tourist attraction, it’s still considered one of the most significant fleets of engineering on the planet and firmly established as one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
“It’s been an honor to work with historians and preservationist groups in Beijing to bring this once-in-a-lifetime experience to the world,” Airbnb China co-founder and chairman Nathan Blecharczyk said in a statement.
“We are so proud to partner in this truly collective effort to highlight such an incredible landmark that now serves to unify people rather than divide them.”
How do you book a stay? Technically you can’t.
The only way to experience this incredible listing is by winning a contest. Instead of just entering your details into a lucky draw, Airbnb wants to hear your thoughts on borders and cultural divides.
To enter, you need to answer these questions, “Why is it more important now than ever to break down barriers between cultures?” and “How would you want to build new connections?”
Four winners will be chosen to indulge in this exclusive experience. And of course, they can bring a guest along too. Roundtrip flights and nearby accommodations are also included.
The stunning room has an open roof and 360-degree views through windowless fortress holes.
The Great Wall gets pretty chilly at night, but there are plenty of blankets and faux furs to snuggle up in while stargazing.
After one of the most incredible night’s sleep of the winner’s life, they’ll enjoy 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.
And there’s more.
After the sunrise hike, guests will delve into some of China’s richest cultural traditions via Airbnb Experiences.
Whether it’s learning the ancient art of writing calligraphy on fans or creating a bespoke stamp with Chinese seal engraving, guests will not only take home unforgettable memories but cool trinkets too.
There are some house rules winners must abide by because after all, it’s essentially like any other Airbnb listing:
- Respect the neighbors, all 1.38 billion of them.
- No loud music that might disturb the ancient wall guards.
- Do not attempt to scale, skip, jump over, crawl under, or run the length of the wall.
- If you see any dragons, do not disturb them, but be sure to report it, on social media.
Make sure you enter by Aug 11, 2018, to stand a chance at winning.