Dive The Great Wall
Walking (and photo-snapping) the Great Wall of China tops the bucket list of many an international globetrotter, what with the Wall’s staggering 13+ miles of historical and cultural significance. But while an estimated 4 million people take to the stone pathways in any given year, how many can say they’ve seen it from the deep? It was 32 years ago when the Chinese government made the decision to flood several hundred metres of the Wall’s Ming-era section of Tangshan (a couple of hours from Beijing) in order to resolve water shortages in Tianjin, and today it remains 30-40m underwater along with preserved relics like an ornate archway, signal guard tower and 8-metre imperial tablet.
Among the lucky few who have seen these underwater treasures is the founder of SinoScuba, Steven Schwankert, and with his company he has made the experience possible for other avid divers too. The only company in Beijing to offer these incredible underwater excursions, SS is aimed at experienced divers who have the PADI Open Water Diver Certification or equivalent, and are led by a number of well-trained instructors in Chinese or English. In addition to the unique view of the Wall, plus the opportunity to see a variety of marine life from freshwater shrimp to large carp, SinoScuba also offers packages including transportation to and from Beijing, overnight accommodation, three to four dives and all meals across the weekend. Down to the deep we go!