Our world and its tourist attractions are constantly changing. Ever wish you could’ve visited Soviet Russia before Glasnost and Perestroika? Prague before the money and tourists came in? Las Vegas while the Rat Pack was still together? Ever find yourself wanting to pepper your travel stories with deliciously enviable phrases like, “It’s just not the same anymore”?
We here at NileGuide do. That’s why we’ve asked our globe-trotting Local Experts to fill us in on the top 25 places to see before they change forever. Read on, and visit quickly, before it’s too late.
The Wow: Visiting the Great Wall of China is a traveler’s dream come true. You have the unbelievable honor of walking on one of the wonders of the world, a monument to human achievement and a testament to the will of humanity. Sections of the 3,800-mile wall date as far back as the 5th century BC.
Why Now? The most visited part of the wall, Badaling, is an unabashed tourist trap. Simatai, one of the few sections of the Great Wall accessible from Beijing, retains original features from the Ming Dynasty. But, if erosion isn’t halted now, the wall may need an overhaul, which could bury the Ming Dynasty features forever under modern construction.