Millions of people have visited the Great Wall of China. But only eight will have the chance to spend the night in an Airbnb there.
Yeah, bet you weren’t expecting that sentence to happen...
And yet, due to some glitch in the matrix (or, rather, a partnership between Airbnb and the Beijing Tourism Development Committee), up is down, back is forwards, the impossible is possible and you and the lucky guest of your choice suddenly have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to bed and wake up inside one of the world’s most impressive architectural accomplishments. All you have to do is head to the Airbnb page, click “enter to win” and write a creative, 550-word response to the following questions by August 11th: Why is it more important now than ever to break down barriers between cultures? How would you want to build new connections?
It should be a cinch. And if you’re one of the four winners, here’s what you can expect to experience...
You and your plus one, who will forever be indebted to you, will get flown out to Beijing in early September, where you’ll head to the Great Wall of China. It’ll be the 2,600-year-old, 21,000km-long stone/brick structure snaking along the historic northern border of the country. You really can’t miss it.
Once there, you’ll embark on a short hike to your open-air bedroom, where the only roof is the scattershot canopy of stars twinkling in the night sky. Dimly lit, with a nice bed, fur blankets and a table set for two, it slightly resembles a Bachelor-esque fantasy suite, if ABC had a bigger production budget and there were noticeably less rose petal trails.
At that table, you’ll be served a multi-course gourmet dinner, representing the great culinary traditions of China, while a traditional Chinese concert plays, just for you. Then you’ll learn calligraphy—because, when in Rome—go to bed, wake up and take a sunrise stroll through the Great Wall, before heading back to your normal everyday life, where you no longer lay your head to rest inside a bedroom at a veritable wonder of the world.
It might be difficult at first, but you’ll get used to it.