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10/02/2014 08:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The View Of The Great Wall Of China You Didn't Know Existed

Welcome to the seaside area of the Great Wall of China.

This wonder has intrigued us in many ways over the years. Remember that time Justin Bieber was allowed to be carried up its incline? Or when a designated graffiti section was announced? But THIS is even more awesome.

Reddit user Granjaguar recently shared a photo of Laolongtou (or Lao Long Tou), the place where the Great Wall juts into the Bohai Sea. The spot is also known as "Old Dragon's Head" for the resemblance to a dragon drinking water.

Here, what many consider the Wall's first (or last) leg stretches into the water.

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The Great Wall was built in many installments over various dynasties -- what you see now was supposedly a reconstruction erected in the 1980s.

Visitors lament that, while beautiful, Laolongtou is filled with tourists. Getting here is indeed a schlep (it's about 180 miles east of Beijing), and you'll have to join countless other visitors on the beach for what is a crowded -- though admittedly great! -- view of the Wall.

You can also take a dip in the ocean, if you so desire, and see history from a whole new vantage point.

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