One of the Wonders of the World Is on Airbnb

Here's how you can win a stay at the Great Wall of China.

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The Great Wall of China: One of the seven wonders of the world, a bucket list travel item for many, and… cozy new Airbnb rental? It’s true. We may have seen our fair share of unreal Airbnbs, from luxe lighthouses to a house constructed out of Legos to entire private islands, but this one might just take the cake. The Great Wall (or more specifically, a custom-designed home perched on the Great Wall) is officially available on Airbnb.

Of course, there’s a catch. You can’t just sign up to rent one of the most famous architectural feats in the world: You have to win a stay. In partnership with the Beijing Tourism Development Committee, Airbnb is running a once-in-a-lifetime contest, and four lucky winners will get to stay in the iconic structure from September 4 to 7.

To enter, head to the listing, where you will be asked to describe the importance of breaking down cultural barriers—plus, how you as a potential guest would use the experience to build new connections. Simple enough, but given the fact that this is the first time in its 2,600-year history that the Great Wall will be used for hospitality purposes, expect the competition to be steep.

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Aside from the fact that this is, you know, the Great Wall of China, the listing seems pretty on par with normal Airbnb rentals. There’s a friendly message from the host, which starts with “Hi, I am the Great Wall of China” (lest you confuse it for the Pantheon). There are explicitly stated house rules, such as “if you see any dragons, do not disturb them” and “respect the neighbors, all 1.38 billion of them”. Tragically, certain amenities like WiFi and free street parking are not included, but Airbnb is hoping that the promise of free breakfast and bragging rights for the rest of your life will compensate.

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“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. 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, Airbnb China’s co-founder and chairman, in a statement. This partnership is a celebration of Chinese heritage and culture—fitting, given that the number of US guests Airbnb-ing their way through China has increased 60 percent year over year.

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The “Airbnb” itself blends a centuries old backdrop with a more modern, cozy interior. A canopy double bed surrounded by candles and plush textiles takes the concept of glamping to the extreme. The intimate dining nook, where guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner of multiple courses whilst listening to traditional Chinese music, is one clear standout. (Another is the 360-degree panoramic views offered by this incredible “rental”.)
 

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While they might want to, competition winners will do more than just sit in the campsite all day. The stay also includes a sunrise hike through China’s countryside, history lessons you’ll actually want to listen to, courtesy of the Wall’s official historians, and a slew of Airbnb Experiences pegged to celebrating the country’s culture, such as Chinese seal engraving and calligraphy courses.

Sound like something you want in on, ASAP? Head to the listing now and post your submission. The contest ends at 11:59 pm Beijing time (which is 11:59 am EDT) on August 11.

See more cool Airbnbs you don’t have to win a contest to stay at:
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Published on August 02, 2018 - 12:00pm EDT

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