Attraction Badaling, Yanqing County 102112, China Published on: 03-08-2016
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Why The Great Wall At Badaling is special ?
The Badaling section of the Great Wall isthe best preserved and the most popular oneamongst all the sections. It is more than 1,000 meters (3281 ft) above sea level, and commands a strategic position for transportation and defense in ancient times.
Badaling, literally meaning "reach eight directions", got its name because the maze of its ridges stretches in all directions. It is easily accessible and has easy walking conditions. About 370 state leaders and VIPs have climbed Badaling and admired the magnificence and beauty of its scenery.
The Great Wall at Badaling was built in the 18th year (1505) of the reign of Hong Zhi, an emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Badaling is the section that has been open to the public the longest (since 1957).
What to explore at The Great Wall At Badaling?
Scenery: The mountain and valley scenery at Badaling changes with the seasons
Dimensions: Badaling is 7,600 meters (4.7 miles) long. It has the most magnificent wall among all the sections of the Great Wall. Built with tall granite slabs (weighing 1,000 kg or 2,205 pounds each) on the outside, the walls are very solid and trim. The wall is on average 7.8 meters (26 ft) tall and 5.7 meters (19 ft), which allows five horses to gallop abreast and ten people to go shoulder to shoulder.
Comprehensive Tour Services: Badaling has the most comprehensive tour services amongst all sections of the Great Wall, including a circular-screen cinema, Great Wall Museum, shopping and dining facilities, as well as barrier-free structures for the disabled.
Disabled Friendly: Badaling section of the Great Wall has a special flat lane built for wheelchair to get to the third watch tower. There are two elevators which need to be booked in advance.
Helicopter Ride: Visitors can take a helicopter ride to fly over the Great Wall, taking in magnificent views of Badaling section of the Great Wall, Yeyahu Wetland Park, Kangxi Grassland, Guanting Reservoir, Juyongguan section of the Great Wall and so on, depending on the length of the ride. Currently there are 15-minute, 30-minute and 1-hour rides. If you are interested, send us an enquiry.
How to get to The Great Wall At Badaling?
1. Transportation By Bus from Downtown Beijing
Visitors could take buses at Deshengmen Arrow Tower to get there. The nearest subway station to Deshengmen is Jishuitan Station (subway line 2, Exit A), which is about 450 meters (492 yards) away. Or one could take subway line 2 or bus nos. 5, 27, 44(Outer Ring), 55, 83, 206 (Night Line), 305, 315, 380, 409, 625, 909 to Deshengmen.
a. The Bus No. 877 (non-stop) arrives near the pulley station and Bear Garden at the front hill of Badaling. It takes about 10 minutes to walk from the station to the ticket office.
b. The Bus 919 and 880 stop near the cable car station at the rear mountain. It takes about ten minutes to walk to the ticket office from the station.
c. It is walkable betwee the entrances at the front and rear hills, for about half an hour.
d. Around Deshengmen Gate area, many bus owners offer to take visitors to Badaling. Some private bus owners even claim that their buses are No. 919, 880 or 877 by putting a '919', '880' or '877' sign on the window. Please ignore them without hesitation because these private buses will certainly charge more, take more time and are less safe than the official buses (buses mentioned above). We suggest visitors taking the official Bus No. 877, 919 and 880 to Badaling Great Wall, for it is safe, fast and reasonably priced. Those bus are parking just next to the Deshengmen Arrow Tower and the price only costs CNY12 (CNY4.8 by Transportation Smart Card).
e. If it is the official buses, usually there are many people in a long line (or two long lines) waiting for the next bus; no one is trying to convince you to get on the bus, compared to the private bus owners who would mince words to persuade you to get on the bus; the official buses is in green-and-white and is always equipped with a card reader, passengers can either pay by cash or transportation card.
2. Train from North Railway Station
Visitors can also take a train (rmb 6/ person) from North Railway Station to get there. To reach the railway station, one can take Bus No. 21, 80, 375, 438, 563, 632; or Subway Line 2, Line 4 and Line 13 to Xizhimen Station, get off and then walk to the railway station. The entrance to the Great Wall is a fifteen to twenty minutes' walk from the Badaling Railway Station. The trains are being operated like other public transportations as the subways and buses: seats unnumbered and Transportation Smart Card accepted. If passengers do not have a transportation card, they need to buy paper tickets from the ticket windows first.
3. Transportation from Capital International Airport to Badaling:
a. Take Airport Express Train to Dongzhimen Station, get off and change to Subway Line 2 to Jishuitan Station (Exit A), and then walk to Deshengmen Arrow Tower to take Bus No. 877, 919 or 880.
b. Take Airport Express Train and get off at Dongzhimen Station, change to Subway Line 2 to Xizhimen Station, get off and walk to North Railway Station to take S2 series trains.
c. Take Airport Shuttle Bus Line 4 and get off at Madianqiao Station, and then change to Bus No. 919 or 880 at Madianqiao South Station.
4. Transportation from Beijing Railway Station to Badaling:
a. Take Subway Line 2 and get off Jishuitan Station, get off and then change to Bus No. 919.
b. Take Subway Line 2 and get off at Xizhimen Station, then walk to North Railway Station to take S2 series trains.
5. Transportation from Forbidden City to Badaling Great Wall:
a. From South Gate of Forbidden City (Meridian Gate) :
Take Bus No. 5 at Tiananmen Square East or Tiananmen West, get off at Deshengmen and then take Bus No. 877, 919 or 880.
Take Subway Line 1 at Tiananmen East, get off at Fuxingmen and change to Subway Line 2 to Jishuitan (Exit A), and then walk to Deshengmen to take Bus No. 877, 919 or 880 to Badaling; or take Subway Line 1 then Line 2 to Xizhimen, and then walk to North Railway Station to take a train S2 series trains.
b. From North Gate of Forbidden City (Gate of Divine Prowess):
Take Bus No.5 at Xibanqiao to the last stop - Deshengmen, and then take Bus No. 877, 919 or 880.
Take Bus No.101, 103 or 614 at Forbidden City Station, get off at Xisi Lukou East Station and then change to Subway Line 4 at Xisi Subway Station to reach Xizhimen Station. Get off and walk to Beijing North Railway Station to take a train S2 series trains.
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Badaling, Yanqing County 102112, China
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We were her as part of a tour group. We enjoyed the Great Wall and we fortunate that it rained the day before and knocked down a bit of the smog allowing for better pictures. You start out in a big square with various shops with things for sale. There are bathrooms, and restaurants on the walk up to the square (even a Subway sandwich shop!) TIP** Do not but baseball caps in the stores. There are people selling them in the parking lot for half the price or less depending on your bargaining skills. We had a time limit so we only made it to the 4th tower. That was far enough anyway because it gets to be a really steep climb after that. I originally expected there to be more foreign tourists there but actually the majority of visitors were Chinese. In my research I had heard that this was the most touristy place of the Great Wall locations because it is closer to Beijing, but I do not think that we missed out on anything because we came to this location.
One of the most exciting sightseeing in the world! very crowded
If you are in Beijing there is no way you can not go to a part of the Great Wall. It is just amazing to be there. There is a large section here that you are able to walk on and the views and scenery are astonishing. Must do.
The climb up was tiring but it was worthwhile.The scenery was breathtaking up there with all those lush trees.It gives you a sense of achievement after the hard work out.
The Great Wall is a spectacular construction, even for the modern age. So to consider how they did this several thousand years ago is absolutely awe inspiring.It only really hits you, though, when you see it in real life. Seeing it on TV or in pictures doesn't do it justice. When you try to walk its heights, knowing that massive stones were lugged up the hill to put the whole wall together, you realise what a feat it was to construct.The shops and restaurants at the bottom are touristic and nothing special. But this in no way detracts from the wall itself.