Airbnb offers stay on The Great Wall

The Great Wall of China's new Airbnb. Credit: Airbnb

Holiday home rental site Airbnb is letting some lucky travellers stay in probably the only holiday rental that is visible from space.

The website launched a new contest in which four people plus their guests will be given the chance to stay in a specially designed ‘home’ on top of one of humankind’s greatest ever architectural achievements, The Great Wall of China.

The space will in located in one of The Great Wall’s towers, which is UNESCO-listed and also open air. Guests will be invited to a multi-course dinner inspired by Chinese culture and accompanied by traditional Chinese music. The next day they will be treated to a day of activities, including a historical tour of the wall.

Airbnb says that the competition aims to promote sustainable tourism in China by highlighting how the wall and its heritage is preserved and hopes to bring Chinese culture to life for the visitors.

“It's been an honour to work with historians and preservationist groups in Beijing to bring this once-in-a-lifetime experience to the world," said Nathan Blecharczyk, Co-Founder and Chairman of Airbnb China, in the statement. “We are so proud to partner in this truly collective effort to highlight such an incredible landmark that now serves to unify people rather than divide them.”

Contestants will need to enter by 11 August and answer, in 550 characters or less: “Why is it more important now than ever to break down barriers between cultures? How would you want to build new connections?”