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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  • This was one of the big moments on the trip and for the fantastic views we had. Very special steps in several different heights
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  • There are many different ways to access the great wall even here at Badaling. We walked up the hill and onto the great wall not using the cable car. There was an option to go left for the hard route a...  more »
  • The Great Wall is massive! The north side is a straight mile up and is easier than the south side but it is rough! Coming down is slippery even holding on to the railings.  more »
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  • Beautiful in early April. Snow slightly. Cherry blossom. Bit crowded as it is known to be, but the renovated path is good for older slow walkers. Not as rustic yet beautiful and cooling. It's cheap and easy to get there yourself by public transport.
  • Bucket list stuff right here people. This is the closest portion of the Great Wall to Beijing. And so, loading up on buses on the north side of the city and able to see/wall on the wall for nearly as long as you'd like. Of course, somewhat ruined by all the people, souvenirs and winter weather make it hard to walk if iced. Truly a wonder of the world.
  • This is one of the buildings that you must visit when you are in Beijing, takes a while to go from Downtown(Around 80 to 90 min drive on the bus). It was already fascinating to see the building on the high way. The Badaling Great wall consist of two parts, South and North with both consist of 8 buildings each, the tour guide of the bus over exaggerated about how hard it gonna be to climb it and suggests you to take the slide car, which takes you up to the North 4 building of the Great Wall. We went up with the slide car, got to the North 8 buildings and then we walked down to the entrance and did not take the slide car down. It roughly took us 2 hours to complete it, if you have the time, it will be interesting to do both south and North. The last thing, expect lot of people!
  • Very historic place, Badaling is very near Beijing. Destination for tourists group. So you can hardly had nice photos here. Is easy to reach the wall, you don't have to buy cable car tickets. Just take some stairs and you reach the wall
  • Visiting Great wall of China was the best part of my trip to China. I visited this historical place in the month of July . Climate was good on that particular day with little drizzle throughout. That made our visit a pleasant one.I went there along with 2 of my office colleagues. As they are from Beijing, everything on the trip went as planned.
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