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. Use our Beijing itinerary builder to arrange your visit to The Great Wall at Badaling and other attractions in Beijing.
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  • August 16, 2017
    If you want to avoid the overpriced package bus tours, take the bus 877 from the subway station Jishuitan. He goes in the morning every few minutes during the summer months and needs non-stop about an hour to Badaling. He drives back from 12 noon also every few minutes. Costs just 12 RMB.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Be careful there are usually too many tourists in the area. The price for foods and beverages could be higher. Still it is a must visit place on the planet.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Any visit to the Great Wall of a China is a bucket list experience. Badaling appears to be a popular tourist spot as it is easily reached from Beijing. It was very touristy. I'd like to visit the wall...  more »
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  • May 1, 2017
    We took the 877 bus to the Great Wall. We bought tickets and went in. It was pretty smooth. We walked for a while; when we went back we ate lunch and caught the 877 bus back. We were pretty much in front of the line, so no problem. I saw lots of buses labeled 877, so I was not worried. Our 877 bus was designed for a different route, so the announcements were wrong :-).
  • April 11, 2017
    The reason for the low rating was especially the bad logistics organization at the Great Wall. We made the visit on a weekday because on the weekends it is more crowded. We first tried going there with the train S2 but when we arrived at the station all tickets were sold out and the counter was closed. We then decided to take the bus 919. After driving one hour we got caught in a traffic jam and stuck there for another hour and half. The last 5 km we decided to walk. Arriving at the Great Wall there where no problems. There was quite busy but you could walk easily. We went south and north. Maybe the south way was better because not so crowded. After finishing the visit we went back to the bus station where a large crowd of people were already waiting. Because they sell you the tickets when you entering the bus and not later, it took 5-7 minutes to people got into the bus and the bus departed. After waiting almost 2 hours in a line some decided to skip the line so you can imagine there reaction of the people. At 9 pm we caught one of the last busses and after one and half hour drive we arrived in Beijing. And all this on a not very crowded day. Because it is the Great Wall we would still go again there but we would choose another location for visiting and not Badaling.
  • July 10, 2017
    Must visit when you are in Beijing. if you are willing to spend the money (around 180 rmb or 26 usd), i recommend you take the pull cart to reach south tower number 5 where there are far less people and you can take your time taking photos
  • June 17, 2017
    One of the seven wonders in the world. You must visit when you go to china. In badaling you can use cable car for go to the top
  • April 4, 2017
    A surreal experience, the wall goes on far beyond what the eye can see. I went on a day after it had rained so there was a blue sky. Make sure to pack lots of water. And have lots of time because I walked for 6 hours. The vertical rise is over half a mile so prepair for a climb and oddly shaped stairs. There is only one shop near the top so make sure to bring everything you will need.

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