Badaling Section of the Great Wall in Beijing

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Badaling Section of the Great Wall in Beijing

Badaling (8 Reaches Ridge) is the best preserved section of the Great Wall. 370 foreign leaders and VIPs have climbed Badaling. It is called Bada (8 Reaches) as the maze of ridges stretch in all directions.
Badaling section of the Great Wall is within Yanqing County, one of the two counties in Beijing. The wall is about 80 kilometers northwest from downtown Beijing. Dadaling Grat Wall is actually a mountain pass of the Jundu Mountain. It is recorded that the Badaling Great Wall was built to protect the Juyongguan Pass ( Juyongguan section of the Great Wall ) on its south, further protecting the city of Beijing. Badaling is an ancient military defense project. It is about 1,000 meters above sea level.
The Great Wall at Badaling was built in the 18th year of the reign of the Ming emperor Hong Zhi (1505). The wall, built with tall granite slabs on the outside, is about 3, 740 meters long and averagely 8 meters high. The highest section is 15 meters high. The wall is wide enough for five horses to gallop abreast ten people to advance shoulder to shoulder. Badaling was the earliest part open to the visitors among all the sections of the Great Wall in Beijing.
The wall is narrow on the top and broad on the base making the wall stands firmly rising and falling ridges. The wall was made with huge stones. Inside the Wall are made of mud and stone block. This makes the wall clean, prettyl, and firm. Every other 300 to 500 meters, there are fortresses. There are two kinds of fortresses. One is a two-storied fortress used as a fighting tower. Its ground floor was used for living, storing weapons and the top floor was used for watching and shooting. Another kind is fighting terrace or enemy terrace, which was used for patrolling and fighting.
The scenery at Badaling is great in every season. There are sunlit and enchanting scenes in spring and summer, when the valleys covered with greenery. When the rain comes, the view looks vast and hazy. The sky in autumn is high with an unsoiled stratosphere, while the maple forests are golden and red in colour. White snow covers the whole scene in winter.
Just close to Badaling, there are is a big Great Wall Museum and the Great Wall National Theater. The theater offers you a chance to get a full view of the Great Wall. In 1987, Badaling was listed as World Cultural heritage' by the United Nation.

Badaling Travel Tips
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To get to Badaling without our assistance: take Bus 919, or a tourist bus. Take tourist bus no. 1 at Qianmen (the Front Gate of Tiananmen Square), No. 2 at Beijing Railway Station or the west gate of Beijing History Museum, No. 3 at East Bridge, No. 4 at Xizhi Gate or Beijing Zoo, No.5 from the West Taxi Station or Qianmen, or No.8 from Andingmen or Qianmen.
And be sure to consult with the driver clearly before setting off in the peak season or holidays. Sometimes visitors are cheated and guided to the Shuiguan section, not the Badaling section, as the addmission fee is higher.

Entrance Fees: RMB40 (Nov. 1 to Mar. 31); RMB 45 (Apr. 1 to Oct. 31)
Opening Hours: 06:40 to 18:30
Hiking Time: Two and a half hours