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Urban Daddy | 20th Sept 2009

An Underwater Tour of the Great Wall

You’ve heard of the Great Wall. Maybe you’ve even seen it. But here’s a bit of wisdom you may not have known: Some parts of the wall are greater than others. Especially the parts that happen to be underwater. Introducing Diving the Great Wall, the first-ever organized tour of the submerged portions of the Great Wall, running missions now. This portion of the wall has been under a lake since the 1980s, but unless you planned on ferrying a few hundred pounds of diving equipment across the border, you couldn’t take it on until now. Your scuba-sherpas will suit you up, bring you to the exact spot where the wall dips underwater and guide you to its most dive-worthy parts. Once submerged, you’ll stumble across a few Ming-era stone carvings, some intricate tunnels and a tight-squeeze guard tower that will require every last ounce of your Bond-like scuba ability. (Wearing your backup tux is advised.) Over the course of the trip, you’ll get two scuba-assisted dives into the Atlantis-style ruins (feel free to keep the dress semi-formal for the second) before you start the earthbound portion of the voyage, which includes a guided tour of the unrestored parts of the Forbidden City, usually off-limits to tourists. You always knew you were special.

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