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Great Wall at Badaling

60 Kilometers From Beijing City, Yanqing, 11 1021 China
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  • Great Wall at BadalingPro 2014
    Leow Cheng Lam
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    5 Jun 22, 2014

    The Emporer of Ching Dynasty build the Great Wall to avoid others conquered China and this is the only thing can be seen from the moon.

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    Daniel Mason-D'Croz
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    5 Nov 12, 2013

    It is a day trip from Beijing, but it is a definite must. The Great wall is actually a series of walls built over several centuries. The Great Wall at Badling is one of the best locations to get that iconic picture on the long wall walkway.

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    Stanley Chan
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    5 Nov 01, 2013

    After lunch at a local restaurant where we had goose hot pot and kung pao goose, we took a scenic drive through the countryside and mountains to reach China's most renowned monument - the Great Wall. The wall was begun in the 5th century BC to keep out foreign invaders. Construction continued for centuries, eventually linking up the walls of the former independent kingdoms. The Great Wall meanders through China's northern mountain ranges from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert - a distance of over 3500 miles! Chairman Mao once said "You haven't walked on the Wall, you haven't been a good Chinese." We climbed a section of the Great Wall at Badaling, and it certainly was a difficult hike! The Great Wall is very steep, and with uneven steps meandering up the mountain-side, the way up was difficult and the way down was even more haphazard (thank you, rails)!!! Once you're at the top of some of the battlements, you totally get a sense of the enormity of the ancient edifice, and marvel at one of humankind's greatest achievements! There's even a section at the Great Wall, where they offer slide cars, that go down the mountain next to the walls. What's next? A giant water slide!?!

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  • Great Wall at BadalingPro 2014
    Matthew Crompton
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    3 Oct 18, 2013

    A restored section of the Great Wall, this area has the chief benefit of being extremely close to Beijing, and also easiest to access. On the flipside, it's probably newer than your apartment, and is mobbed by crowds both domestic and international, with souvenir hawkers abounding. If you have any real interest in history, authenticity, or personal space, a visit to the section at Mutianyu will prove significantly more rewarding.

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    Casper Tollerud
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    2 Aug 15, 2013

    This part of the wall is visited by thousands of tourists every day, and it makes a peaceful visit to the wall near impossible. Having said that the Badaling Section does offer great views of the wall, so if you can stand the many other people around you this is spot is easy to get to.

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    Jackie K
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    4 May 05, 2013

    You need to wear a good shoes to go there as part of the road is quite steep and rough. Can't imagine how people could build this in the ancient time.

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  • Great Wall at BadalingPro 2014
    D'Maris Coffman
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    4 May 03, 2013

    Again, not really sure why this in here twice. But some advice if you go: take the cable car up and walk down.

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    Albert Qian
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    4 Dec 09, 2012

    Unfortunately the most crowded spot on the Great Wall. Be ready to brave a crowd. Notable here is the area on the wall where it literally goes up 90 degrees - that's freaky. Also, ride a camel!

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    Rachel Patterson
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    4 Sep 13, 2012

    Badaling may be crowded and the wall here is obviously recently restored, but it has the benefit of being very easy to access (take the train for 12 RMB round-trip) and still quite impressive! If you come on your own and walk the opposite way from where the cable cars go up, there are not nearly as many people.

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    Yanni Wang
    4 Aug 23, 2012

    A conventional tourist attractions, too many people.If you are looking for a the Great Wall for few people, I recommended Jinshanling Great Wall.

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    Nicolas Sauveur
    5 Aug 06, 2012

    I read this place can get flooded with tourist but I didn't experience that. The landscape is breath-taking. if you walk far enough you can have a part of the wall to yourself. The walk up and down the steep slopes is fun too !

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    Gerd Weingrill
    5 Aug 06, 2012

    I loved it because you just must see this giant wall . One can imagine the problem for invadors to overcome this wall. You need good condition for going up to the top. Its steep

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    Yanti
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    5 Jul 31, 2012

    I am still amazed as to how this wall was built hundreds of years ago, and cannot imagine the numbers of people needed to build such a great wall! Just to hike up without much burden was quite tiring (imagine all the stones that had to be carry up). It certainly one of the World Wonders!

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    Ooi Hua
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    spectacular. cant see the end of it. the great wall at badaling is hardly even considered a fraction of the total length of the wall. they call it the 'ten thousand li wall'. 1 li is supposed to be 500m so 10000li=5000km. the great wall was originally built by qin shi huang di back in the 3rd century bc. badaling was an extention of the original wall built by the ming dynasty back in the 16th century to keep mongol invaders out

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    Tommy Yang
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Great Wall at Badaling is one of the most "developed" parts of the Great Wall. Pro: it's tourist-friendly. Con: explorers won't enjoy it very much.

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    Yuan Wang
    1 Jul 05, 2012

    Badaling is the most touristy and crowded part of the Great Wall. Avoid it if you can, especially during Chinese golden weeks. All you will see is people. Instead, head to Mutianyu. It's about the same distance from Beijing, very scenic, and much less people!

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    Frances Nguyen
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    2 Jul 04, 2012

    Badaling has the great distinction of adding Starbucks right by the Great Wall. I'm all for capitalism, but seeing Starbucks next to the Great Wall made me dislike Badaling. Plus, it's jam packed with domestic and international tourists. Go to Mutianyu or a different part of the Great Wall instead.

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    Sharone Zitzman
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    First off, a common misconception is that this is a great "wall". It's actually more of a great "staircase" - so be prepared. Wear comfortable shoes, and be ready to climb a good thousand stairs or so...(probably more, I honestly lost count at some point). Also, since there is so much tourist activity at this part of the wall the stairs are uneven and worn in - so be prepared to trip. A LOT. Well, if you're a klutz like me - at least. Some say it would be better to visit a less touristy area of the wall (which is probably more true in summer when it can get really crowded). We visited Beijing in December - so it wasn't overly packed at all - but be prepared it's very cold, and the higher you climb the colder. Regarding how amazing it is - greater people than me can likely discuss this more intelligently, but it is quite a feeling to stand on such a piece of history. Not to be missed on a trip to China.

    Bonus - it's probably the closest piece of the wall to Beijing - so we managed to arrange a two-way cab ride (with a 4-hour wait or so) for around 600 Yuan. This was in 2007 though - so prices may have gone up.

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    ParkGrades
    3 Jul 04, 2012

    The good: it's the Great Wall! The bad: this is the most crowded, commercialised section of the Wall. Other sections like Mutianyu or Simatai are better unless you just want to check a box and say you've been here before.

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    yossi gh
    4 Feb 14, 2014

    very impressed

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Located 60 kilometers northwest from downtown Beijing, Badaling is the most frequently visited section of the Great Wall of China. Built during the Ming Dynasty, the Great Wall at Badaling has gone through multiple restorations, and in 1957 became the first section of the wall to open up to tourists. And tourists there are - the wall sees millions of visitors each year, and has become somewhat ... read more
commercialized with the addition of a hotel, restaurants, and even a Starbucks. Aside from climbing up and down the steps that make up most of the route, visitors can check out the Circle Cinema, the Great Wall Museum, and the Wall of Honors, among other attractions.

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