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Airbnb has designed a luxe pop-up suite in a Great Wall watchtower offering 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside and the rare chance to bask, dream and stargaze in one of the world’s most ancient fortifications still standing today.
Airbnb’s enticing listing for their Night at the Great Wall contest reads: “2,600 years of history. 21,000 kilometres across the Earth. A border that now brings millions together each year to marvel at one of the greatest architectural feats in human history. What if this world wonder was a place you could call… home?”
Four lucky winners and their plus-ones will get to do just that. The room is open to the stars with no roof overhead, so guests can curl up under the cosy blankets provided and stargaze right from their four-poster double bed.
Before bedtime, however, they will be served a delicious candlelit dinner of traditional Chinese fare at the dining table in their room and serenaded with Chinese music. The next morning, they will awake early for a sunrise hike and tour of the Great Wall guided by historians.
To enter the online travel competition, participants must submit an answer to the following two questions by 11 August: “Why is it more important now than ever to break down barriers between cultures? How would you want to build new connections?”
The winners will need to be available to complete their stay between 4 and 8 September, and will be flown to China along with their guests from anywhere in the world. The competition is part of a campaign to promote awareness of the preservation efforts currently taking place at the monument.