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Airbnb offers to spend a special night on the great wall of China
China Architecture News - Aug 2, 2018 - 04:48 7862 views
Airbnb, a global home-sharing company, has offered to spend a special night on the Great Wall of China this September. For the first time in thousands of years, four lucky winners will be one of the first people in thousands of years to spend the night on the Great Wall of China in a custom-designed home situated along the ancient portion of the wall.
The collaboration between Airbnb and the Great Wall of China have been started to promote tourism in China and to support the growing interest and popularity of Airbnb in China. According to the company, there have been over 10 million guest arrivals by Chinese travelers in Airbnb listings around the world since the company was founded in 2008, with over half of those occurring just in the past year.
"It’s been an honor to work with historians and preservationists groups in Beijing to bring this once-in-a-lifetime experience to the world. 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," said Nathan Blecharczyk, Co-Founder and Chairman of Airbnb China.
"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," said Airbnb in a press release.
"This underscores Airbnb’s vision to help millions of people feel like they can belong anywhere, including atop one of the world’s most iconic existing structural marvels!."
The Great Wall of China is known as one of the greatest architectural feats in human history, it 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.
The Great Wall is located at 1439,3m high above the ground, upon entering the room guests will see 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.
At sunset, guests will enjoy an intimate gourmet dinner with multiple courses, each representing a different aspect of Chinese culture. Dinner will be accompanied by a traditional Chinese music experience, which is bookable year-round for all travelers to China.
"Following an evening under the stars, guests will embark on 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," explained Airbnb.
"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."
"The Great Wall represents more than 2,600 years of history, spanning 21,000 kilometers across Earth. It was a border that now brings millions together each year to marvel at the one of the greatest architectural feats in human history. What if this world wonder was a place you could call home?."
Entry details for the contest is very simple. To enter, for a chance to win, participants should tell Airbnb why it is more important now than ever to break down barriers between cultures and how you want to build new connections.
You should enter your submissions by 11:59 p.m. (Beijing time zone/GMT+8) August 11, 2018 on the listing page for the Great Wall on Airbnb. Winners will be flown in from anywhere in the world. Winners will be able to stay between September 04, 2018 to September 08, 2018.
You can see all terms and conditions from here.
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