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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  • After taking public transportation to the Great Wall of Badaling (approx 90 minutes bus ride from central Beijing), we disembarked at the base, browsing the numerous shops and snack stands prior to taking the rail cars to the entrance point of the wall. The Great Wall of Badaling features beautiful vistas as the wall climbs to the mountain peak before descending into the valley and zigzagging to the horizon. Overall, our excursion to the Badaling portion of the wall proved the most memorable part of our trip to China.
  • This section of the Great Wall is very popular with tourists. You can either go the "easy" way or the "hard" way. We went the hard way since it's less crowded. If you are are not obese, you should be okay on the hard way. It gets steep at times, but it never seemed impossible. I got some great photos, and it was so surreal to be walking on the Great Wall. I definitely recommend you visit this section of the Great Wall and take the hard way.
  • One of China Great Wall tourist attraction. The way to get to the wall is very broad and easy to walk. However, after the wall entrance, the steps are not convenient for aging or older people. There are only a few cafe and souvenir shop nearby the entrance. I feel a bit disappointed that one of a shop doesn't sell cold drink but I understand that it's the local culture to have hot beverage rather than iced one.
  • The great Wall of China is different from the city wall, you can't cycle here. The reason is simple it is build on hills. There is area very steep to climb, while certain area are flat. Suggest to take the North cable car as it is more tower to visit, take the south pulled train if you want the place for your own(less crowded). Ensure you will get view from both side, as it is beautiful from either side. The section open to public is well maintained. You need to get here early, as the train is always full, both way. You might be standing in the train to bada ling, S2 line.
  • 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.
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