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The Great Wall at Badaling, Beijing

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Originally built under the Ming dynasty to protect Beijing against invasion and attack, The Great Wall at Badaling was the first part of the Great Wall of China to open for tourists. Visitors can walk a 3.7 km (2.3 mi) stretch that is accessible by both cable car and stairs. Notice the width of the wall here--at 6 m (20 ft) across, it would have accommodated five horses or ten soldiers to march side by side. Watch out for steep and uneven steps, and grab the handrail for stability. A visit to The Great Wall at Badaling represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Beijing road trip app to plot your vacation.
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  • to get here on a budget take the bus from Jishuitan station,. badaling bus 877 for 4 dollars at jishitan line 10. you can check google for exact directions. i use to go here weekly on that route.....  more
    to get here on a budget take the bus from Jishuitan station,. badaling bus 877 for 4 dollars at jishitan line 10. you can check google for exact directions. i use to go here weekly on that route.....  more »
  • Ying Zheng, the ruler of the Qin Dynasty in China, ordered his men to build the Great Wall.The Great Wall is used to defend against foreign enemies (foreign enemies refer to a few Chinese ethnic... 
    Ying Zheng, the ruler of the Qin Dynasty in China, ordered his men to build the Great Wall.The Great Wall is used to defend against foreign enemies (foreign enemies refer to a few Chinese ethnic...  more »
  • There are people checking your temperature at every corner. This place has no native or local stores. We were there two days in a row and it was not really exciting place. Tourists were not many. 
    There are people checking your temperature at every corner. This place has no native or local stores. We were there two days in a row and it was not really exciting place. Tourists were not many.  more »
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  • Badaling Great Wall is the highlight and the most excellent section of great walls built in Ming Dynasty. It's the best preserved part of the Great Wall. The walls were constructed by bar stones and bricks along the top of the mountains!
  • We were there in 2006. Amazing. Not crowded at all. We have pictures with just us in them, no other tourists.
  • This section is always crowded. But a must see if you are in Beijing. Amazing experience walking on the Great Wall!
  • An amazing and breathtaking experience. Although some sections are very steep and can be quite difficult to climb (top tip: wear appropriate shoes), the views are well worth the hike (try to get as high as possible). It can get quite busy and crowded due to a large number of tourist groups, so keep and eye on your surroundings and make sure not to trip! It is relatively easy to navigate through the Great Wall - if you're lost, simply follow the signs or follow the crowd. There is a large variety of tourist shops, so get your negotiation skills ready. After you finish (if you climbed during summer), make sure to treat yourself with some cool ice cream as I can guarantee you'll be sweating.
  • In c. 220 B.C., under Qin Shi Huang, sections of earlier fortifications were joined together to form a united defence system against invasions from the north. Construction continued up to the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), when the Great Wall became the world's largest military structure. Its historic and strategic importance is matched only by its architectural significance.

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