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Badaling Great Wall

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Overview
The Badaling Great Wall locates the northwest of the Beijing, on the ridge of the northern part of the GuanGou. and it's a pass of Jundu Mountain. In Chinese, 'Bada' means 'giving access to all direction'. The name suggests its strategic importance and convenient traffic. Badaling Great Wall is the site of the most visited section of the Great Wall partly because it is close to Beijing city and connected with urban area by expressway. The Badaling Great Wall resound in the whole world, it is the first part which open to tourist of the Great Wall. The Badaling Great Wall is the soul of the whole Great Wall, and it is welcoming the tourist come from the whole world. The man who has visited The Great Wall is all acclaimed as the peak of perfection.

History
The start of building Great Wall is from Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC - 476 BC), and was rebuilt in the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). the construction, connection and restoration of the wall had never ceased in the following 2000 years. The Ming Great Wall is no longer a simple high wall, but a rigorous recovery system, One of the famous generals QiJiGuang was named as supervisor general for the construction of Badaling Great Wall project. General QiJiGuang was known for the leadership in the battle against Japanese pirates in East China Sea. Ming government spent eight years in building the Great Wall. 

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Architecture
The Wall of Badaling section is composed of Guan city and its affiliated walls. The walls were constructed by bar stones and bricks along the top of mountains. At the strategic points,there are city platforms, wall platforms and watching towers. The wall averages 7.8 metres high, 6.5 metres wide of the base, and 5.8 metres on the top. The highest section is 15 meters high.

The wall was designed to allow five horse or ten soldiers to march on the wall. The outer side of the wall is topped with crenellated battlements, which are about 2 meters high. There are square hole on the outside wall for shooting arrows through and for keeping watch over the enemy. The flights of stairs up to the outer wall are fairely widely spaced. The inner side wall is only 1 meter high, which are also called daughter wall.

City Dais
City Dais, also called wall dais, is a platform with battlements on the top. In ancient time, soldiers not only patrol on it but also took it as a defense work in the battle. The platform on the top of the Pass City Gate is a typical city dais.

Watchtower
Watchtower is usually a rectangular two storied structures built on the top of the wall. The ground floor of a watchtower was the storeroom of weapons and has a number of small windows for archers. The upper floor contains battlements, peepholes and apertures for archers as well as beacon facilities for sending Signal. 

Badaling Great Wall was regarded the strongest section of the Ming Great Wall. You can see a watchtower every few hundred metres. The wall of Badaling section was faced with giant rocks and bricks; the inside was filled with earth. 

Beacon Tower
Beacon tower is an independent blockhouse located at peak of mountain, which is convenient to watch the enemy. As a crucial part of Great Wall, a beacon tower is built every 2 to 5 kilometer. There are normally five beacon pillars (for sending signals) on the beacon tower.

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Present Badaling
In 1961, Badaling Great Wall was listed as “cultural relic sites under state-level protection”; 

In 1990, it was inscribed as the human cultural relic by the UN.

In 1991,as the representation of the Ten Thousand-Miles Great Wall, the Badaling Great Wall received the "certificate of human cultural heritage" issued by the Unesco;

In 2002,the Badaling Great Wall was awarded two world Guinness records, one is the Great Wall scenic spot receiving the most tourists,and the other is the Great Wall scenic spot receiving the most state leaders.

Now , millions of travelers visit Badaling Great Wall each year. It is easy to find hotels, restaurant near the Badaling Great Wall.

Expressway was built to connect Beijing city and Badaling Great Wall.

4 Seasons Badaling Great Wall

Badaling Great Wall in Spring (March to May)
Spring of Badaling Great Wall is later than Beijing City. One or two weeks after Spring of Beijing city, the mountain of Badaling Great Wall become green. It is a very good season to visit Badaling Great Wall. Gentle Spring wind and warm sunshine makes the visiting very comfortable.

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Badaling Great Wall in Summer (June to August)
Summer time of Badaling Great Wall is hot with rain. The rain of Beijing usually comes in the late afternoon or in the evening. Thus leave cool and fresh air for visitors.  The wall is attractive and mysterious in rain. The photo is amazing if you are lucky to see Badaling Great Wall in rain.

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Badaling Great Wall in Autumn (September to November)
This is the best time to visit the Great Wall. Yellow mountains, red leaves, white clouds and blue sky will make your Great Wall tour memorable. 

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Badaling Great Wall in Winter (December to February)
It is very cold in Winter on Great Wall. But the wall in snow is enchanting. Many photographer visit the Great Wall after snow. It is a good choice to see Badaling Great Wall in Snow if you are not afraid of the low temperature.

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Information
Location:  Yanqing county
Tel: +86 10 6912 1225
Opening Hours: 6:00 - 18:00 
Admission Fee:  45 yuan (April 4- October 31) 40 yuan (November 1- March 31)

Transport
Public Bus 919.
Tourist bus No. 1 at Qianmen
Tourist bus No. 2 at Beijing Train Station
Tourist bus No. 3 at East Bridge
Tourist bus No. 4 at Xizhimen Gate

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Mosted Asked Questions about Badaling Great Wall

1. When is the best time to visit Badaling Great Wall?

Spring & Autumn are the best time to visit Badaling Great Wall, you can enjoy the most comfortable weather. Especially on autumn days (Spet.-Nov.), it is beautifully decorated with golden leaves and grass. The mild temperature with clear sky and crisp air makes it an enjoyable experience for visitors. As Badaling Great Wall is much popular than other sections, you'd better not go to visit during the Chinese holidays, such as Labor's day, National holiday and Chinese New Year... Mid summer also not recommended since it's our summer vacation for school students, they are lots of family groups travel to Beijing and show the Great Wall to thier children.

2. I will arrive in Beijing Capital airport around 12:00pm, how can I get to Badaling Great Wall from airport?

Depending on your situation, the best way to visit the Badaling Great Wall from airport are taking taxi or private car transfer. It takes around 1.5 hours from airport to Badaling scenic, you don't have engouh time to visit if you choose to take the public transportation. If you travel during the summer time, you can choose to take "S2" train from Beijing to Badaling, you should take airport express line to Huangtudian Station, then take train from there. The "S2” takes 15-20 mins.

3. Is there any good restaurant near Badaling Great Wall?

To be honest, there are few restaurants near Badaling Great Wall. The food are basic and simple. There is a commercial pedestrian street in the Badaling Great Wall Scenic Area where you can find some food to eat, such as Beijing-style restaurants with noodles & dumplings, Subway and Yonghe Soy Milk, which can be found nearby the Badaling Great Wall. By the way, you can prepare some food in advance then have a picnic lunch.

4. Can i book Badaling Great Wall Tickets in advance?

Yes, you can book the tickets in advance. Visitors can book tickets up to 7 days ahead of their visit date. There is a official website for visitors to book tickets, but only in Chinese version. You may get trouble if you can't understand Chinese. Book Badaling Great Wall tickets online, you shoul register and log in to the booking system with a Chinese mobile phone number first. Then, you need to select or input the date of visit, ticket type and number, passport information. By the way, you can ask your hotel or book a Badaling Tour with local tour operator.

5. Is Badaling Great Wall crowded? How to avoid the crowds?

Yes, it will be much more crowded than other great wall section. Badaling Great Wall is the most popular section of Great Wall, most of domestic tourists come to visit because it's very easy to reach by public transportation from Beijing city. If you don't want to join in the crowds of people, you should arrive Badaling Great Wall in the early morning(8:00-10:00am) or later afternoon (after 2pm); Try to avoid the weekends and public holidays, they are also more crowded than usual.

6. How to visit the Badaling Great Wall?

Badaling Great Wall is the most popular and well preserved section among Great Wall of China. Cable car and hiking are the most common activities by tourist, but you can also enjoy the 15 mins or 30 mins helicopter experience to get the panoramic view of Badaling Great Wall. The Badaling Great Wall is divided into 2 sections, you can visit the south section if you want to take a leisure hiking; North section is more crowded where the famous spots located, a special flat wheelchair accessible lane is built for wheelchair tourists to get as far as to the third watchtower of the Wall. You can book a Badaling tour with local Beijing tour company, the tour guide will use his/her experience show you the best part of Badaling.

7. Can you arrange half day Badaling Great Wall Tours from Beijing?

Yes, we can arrange such tour. Half day Badaling great wall tour is one of popular travel routes from Beijing, which including English tour guide service, hotel pick up & drop off service, entrance fee; We have private great wall tour & group day tour with Badaling Great Wall, if you are travelling with a budget, you can consider our Badaling Group Tour package.

8. How to take "S2" train from Beijing to Badaling Great Wall?

Taking train S2 is more comfortable and efficient than driving or taking a bus. You can take taxi or take subway line 2, line 4 and line 13 to the Xizhimen Station where you can find the "S2" trains which departs from Beijing Huangtudian Station and arrive at Badaling Railway Station, it takes around 15 mins from Beijing city to Badaling station. It costs CNY6 for one way, no fixed seat. Once you arrive, you need walk about 15 mins from the railway station to the entrance of Badaling Great Wall.

9. Is the wheelchiars friendly at Badaling Great Wall?

Badaling Great Wall is wheelchiar friendly for the sneior and disabled visitors. On the Badaling Great Wall, a special flat lane is built for wheelchair users to get to the third watch tower of the Great Wall. Badaling is more suitable for wheelchair useing than other sections and offer more no-barrier facilities.


10. Is it easy to do hiking at Badaling Great Wall?

Hiking at Badaling Great Wall is quite easy and it's suitable for senior or young children. There are two sections, south & north, the north section of the Great Wall is recommended. There are 12 towers from the starting point to the final one in the North Section. The highest among the 12 towers is the No.8 Tower, which is a must-see attraction. It is about 3 hours in total to hike from No. 1 to 12.


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