UPDATE: 2:50 PM: After announcing a contest for four lucky winners to spend a Night At The Great Wall of China, Airbnb was inundated with negative feedback from Chinese social media users. According to the , people were upset that a historical, ancient relic would be turned into "a common guest house" or used to make a profit.
In response, as an update to their contest entry page: "We have made the decision to not move forward with this event ... One of the goals of our Night At The Great Wall was to highlight how everyone can play a part in honoring and preserving this incredible piece of world history... We remain committed to that goal."
Though we no longer have a chance to stay on The Great Wall itself, there are plenty of opportunities to stay nearby and experience the world wonder like everyone else.
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ORIGINAL POST, 8/3/2018: Talk about the opportunity of a lifetime: Now's your chance to win an overnight stay at one of the new seven wonders of the world. No, I'm not kidding. Thanks to a partnership between and the Beijing Tourism Development Committee, it's now possible to experience one of the first-ever sleepovers on the .
Airbnb created a custom-designed home that sits on part of the wall, letting you experience the Great Wall like no one else has before. The bedroom sits in a centuries-old tower, according to a press release, with 360-degree views of the surrounding area. It sounds unreal — and like the type of thing that'd (1) cost more than most average joes (and janes) can afford, and (2) be immediately booked for the indefinite future. Well, like all once-in-a-lifetime opps, there's a bit of a catch: You can only stay there for a night between September 4 and September 7 — and you have to enter (and win) a contest to snag a reservation.
Four people will win a night's stay, getting to bring a lucky guest along with them. Upon arrival, guests will head to their "one-of-a-kind" bedroom on the wall, get settled in, and then enjoy a multi-course dinner while watching the sunset. Don't fret, while you eat, there will be a private concert.
In the a.m., you can catch the sunrise as you hike up to the wall's highest watchtower. Then, take in a calligraphy class, where you'll make your own customized stamp.
Oh, but that's not all. The trip also covers:
- Roundtrip airline travel (economy class) from the closest international airport to winner's home to Beijing, China on or around September 3
- China Tourist visa fee (as necessary)
- Accommodations in an Airbnb listing in or around Beijing, China from 9/3-9/9/2018
- Ground transportation to/from airport and throughout the stay, plus 3 meals per day (maximum amount of about $102.39 per person per day)
Here's How You Enter To Win:
From now until Saturday, August 11 at 11:59 p.m. GMT (Beijing Time Zone), you can enter to win the above grand prize by entering through the following process:
- Sign into your account.
- Visit the Night at the Great Wall competition page .
- Click "."
- Fill out the form and answer the questions.
Okay, What's The Catch?
In order to be eligible, those who enter (and their potential guests) must: be 21+ years of age; have passports with at least 6 months before it expires; available to travel to Beijing, China on or around 9/3 - 9/9/2018; and "have no impairments or impediments making either unable to travel long distances, engage in strenuous physical activity, or have any issues with heights, narrow spaces, unstable footing, or significant dust or outdoor allergies."
Airbnb will choose its winners on August 13th. So, if you enter, don't forget to check your email and Airbnb Message Center excessively that day, because you must accept the prize in writing within 24 hours of receipt — you do not want to forget that.
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