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Great Wall at Badaling

Great Wall at BadalingBadaling means "giving access to every direction", the name itself suggests its strategic importance. Badaling Great Wall lies in Yanqing County, northwest of Beijing. It covers five counties and one district, namely: Miyun, Huairou, Pinggu, Yanqing and Changping County and Mentougou District.

Badaling Great Wall was the best preserved part of the Ming Great Wall. Here, the wall averages 7.8 metres high, 6.5 metres wide of the base, and 5.8 metres at the top. The wall was designed to allow five horsemen or ten soldiers to march side by side along the wall. The flights of stairs up to the outer wall are fairely widely spaced.

The wall could almost be considered as a superhighway on the rough mountain terrain. On the highway, news, men or even food could travel rapidly. Suppose you were a solider 500 years ago in the Ming Dynasty, when you found some enemies were about to invade your country, in the daytime, they should start a heavy smoke to tell the other soliders to get ready, when seeing their signal, would start another smoke in the distance, this signal would be relayed until finally it reached the capital and the whole country would be ready for the war. But what if the enemies invade the country at night, as most invasion started, they should light up beconfires to communicate military information to the emperor at a very rapid speed.

Great Wall at BadalingFor every few hundred metres, you can see a watchtower. Also, the wall of this section was built of giant rocks and bricks of similar size. It was faced with stone, and the inside was filled with earth and rubber, therefore, Badaling Great Wall was also regarded the strongest section of the Ming Great Wall.

To experience the real splendor of the Great Wall, you should not only see the Great Wall and take pictures from down here, but also walk on it. There're two entrances where you can climb the Badaling Great Wall, most people, however, climb the Great Wall from the right entrance because it is an easier way. It takes about an hour to climb to the top of the raised towers either way. From the top on the right looking northwest, you can see the famous Guanting Reservoir; The wall on the left is a little more steep, naturally, less people climb the wall from this side.

Different people may have very different preferences. Make your choice and start climbing now!

Click here to see the map of Badaling Great Wall

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Badaling Great Wall & Ming Tombs Small Group TourCool --- from US$25
As a Chinese proverb goes, 'If not been on the Great Wall, not a great man.' On this full-day tour, you will climb the Badaling Great Wall, visit Ming Tombs unbeatable Beijing Coach tour package, Departure daily.

Badaling Great Wall & Summer Palace Small Group Tour --- from US$31
This one-day bus tour includes visits to the most famous section of the great wall + royal garden. Departure: daily.

Badaling Great Wall & Summer Palace Private Day Tour --- from US$52
Badaling Great Wall, the most popular site, Summer Palace is the largest imperial garden of Qing dynasty, enjoy this one day private tour package.

Badaling Great Wall & Temple of Heaven 1 Day Private Tour --- from US$53
Badaling Great Wall, the most popular site, The Temple of Heaven is located in southern Beijing. It is included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1998. With an area of 2.7 million square meters, it is the largest of its kind in the country, enjoy this one day private tour package.

Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tombs (Changling) Private Day TourCool --- from US$54
Valuable one day private tour package covers the trip to the Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tomb (Changling Tomb) and Olympic Stadium (exterior visit) enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Badaling Great Wall & Underground Palace (Dingling - Ming Tombs) Private Day Tour --- from US$54
Private tour package covers the trip to the Badaling Great Wall, Underground Palace (Dingling - Ming Tombs) and Olympic Stadium (exterior visit) enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Badaling Great Wall, Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City Private Day Tour --- from US$57
This 1 day private tour covers the trip to the most popular sites of Badaling Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and Fobidden City, enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Badaling Great Wall and Hutong Private Day Tour --- from US$57
This 1 day private tour covers the trip to Badaling Great Wall, the most popular site and to the hutong to explore the real life of ordinary people in Beijing.

Badaling Great Wall and Mutianyu Great Wall Private Day Tour --- from US$58
This is the good choice of Great Wall fans, one day tour covers the sights of Badaling Great Wall and Mutianyu Great Wall.

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