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Badaling Great Wall

The Badaling Great Wall, constructed in 1502 (during the Ming Dynasty), once served as a crucial military fortification, and is now the most impressive and representative section of the striking Great Wall. It is located in Yanqing County, about 70 kilometers (43.4 miles) from the downtown area of Beijing. Twisting and turning at an altitude of 1,000 meters (3,281 feet), the Badaling Great Wall appears exceptionally lofty on the undulating mountains. It is an architectural marvel that has been praised by many leaders, from China and around the world. Both Richard Nixon and Margaret Thatcher visited this section of the wall, and in 1987 it was placed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO, a list reserved for destinations considered to have outstanding universal value.

 Bdaling Great Wall, Beijing  Badaling Great Wall Map

As Badaling was once an important military strategy point, here the wall is comparatively high and firm. It has a length of 3,741 meters (2.3 miles) and it is equipped with dense watchtowers. The wall is about 8.5 meters (27.9 feet) high and slopes inward as it rises in height. The wall is 6.5 meters (21.3 feet) wide at its base, and its rim spans about 5.7 meters (18.7 feet) across. The wall's exterior is composed of large granite slabs that surround layers of loess and gravel. Its coping is made of large bricks that provide a smooth walkway, wide enough for ten people to easily walk side by side. A parapet on the coping once provided a defense barrier against assailants.

Great Wall at Badaling in BeijingCrenellated battlements decorate the parapet's exterior. In the battlement, there are square holes, from which soldiers had an outlook and shot at the enemy. Two-storey castles lie approximately every 400 meters (about 1,312 feet) on the wall. The castle's second floor gave soldiers an additional advantage over attackers; the arched cavity below was used to store artillery and also doubled as a simple dormitory for the watchmen. A number of high beacon towers were built so that when the enemies invaded, signals could be sent out to call for reinforcement.

While the Badaling Great Wall has not served as a military fortification since the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), it now hosts a number of modern attractions, including a Great Wall Museum and a Great Wall Cinema. The museum and cinema both provide information about the history and culture of the Great Wall.

Admission Fee:
CNY 45 (April 1-October 31)
CNY 40 (November1-March 31)
Opening Hours:
06:30-19:00 (summer)
07:00-18:00 (winter)
Bus Route:
Take bus no. 877, 919, or 880 from Deshengmen to Badaling. (德胜门-八达岭长城)
Take a tourist bus from Tiananmen (天安门) to Badaling (八达岭长城)
Trains: Visitors can also take a bullet train from Beijing North Railway Station to Badaling.

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Comments and Questions

Hi, What is the fastest and easiest way to Badaling from Wangfujing? Thank you.

Reply8/26/2018 8:13:34 AMJohn,   Philippines

Lim ( Belize ) :8/29/2018 12:08:10 AM

From Wangfujing, you can take metro line 5 at Dengshiko station to Lishuiqiao station, and then transfer to Subway Line 13 to go to Huoying station. After getting out from the North Exit A of Huoying, you can go east for a few minutes to find Huangtudian station, and then take Beijing Suburban Railway Line 2 to go to the Badaling Great Wall.

Hello I was wondering what train to take or how long a taxi ride will be from the Beijing capital airport to any part of the Great Wall I have an 11 hour layover and would love to see it while I’m there!!

Reply2/15/2018 12:06:30 AMZavonnika Davis,   United States

Helen :2/23/2018 12:13:49 AM

No direct public transport is available to any part of the Great Wall. I suggest you rent a taxi to get to Mutianyu Section in an hour.

Hi,I will travelling to Beijing with my family (6 of us) and we were planning to go to Badaling Great Wall on 29th December 2017 by train. But at the same time we're hoping to go to Badaling Ski on the same day before heading back to our hostel. FYI, we'll be staying at Happy Dragon Hostel, Dongcheng. Can you suggest the best route by public transport so that we could cover both places on the same day? Is it possible for 6 of us to go to Badaling Ski by taxi from Badaling Great Wall? If so, how much does it costs? Or is there any alternative besides taking a taxi? How long should we spend at Badaling Great Wall and Badaling Ski so that we could catch the train/ bus back to our hostel?Thanks.

Reply11/8/2017 7:32:24 PMNisak

Joe :12/3/2017 7:39:08 PM

You are suggested to take bus no. 877 at Deshengmen to go to Babaling Wall directly. However, no direct public transport is available from your hotel. So I suggest you take two taxis to get to the exact bus stop of no. 877. Also two cars are needed to the Ski Resort, because Beijing taxis only allow four passengers in the car.

I am staying at Hotel inn express,36nanwei lu,xicheng district beijing..I want to visit TIANANMEN,FORBIDDEN CITY,TEMPLE OF HEAVEN,SUMMER PALACE,BADALING GREAT WALL AND MAO TOMB in two days...please help me to find easy and better route to go there.

Reply3/29/2017 9:09:36 AMdipak shrestha,   Nepal

Adam ( Mexico ) :3/29/2017 9:45:41 PM

Day 1: get up early and walk eastwards along Nanwei Road for 700 yards to enter the Temple of Heaven from its western gate. There are many locals taking morning exercise. You can also join them. Then walk a few yards northwards along Tianqiao South Street to take bus 2 or 120 to Tiananmen Dong. After visiting Tiananmen Square, walk northwards through Tiananmen Tower to enter the Forbidden City. Get out from the northern gate and then take a taxi to the Summer Palace at a cost of CNY50 or so. You can take subway line 4 from the northern gate of the Summer Palace for your return trip. Get off at Taoranting and then walk eastwards back to your hotel. Day02: Both Badaling and Mao Tomb are in suburb area. I personally suggest you charter a car there. It can be more convenient. It might cost around CNY800 for round-trip.

Hi! I'm so excited the visit the Great Wall!

What is the best form of transportation from the Radisson Blu Hotel, 6A East Beisanhuan Road, Chaoyang District Beijing, 100028, P.R. China.

Thank you!

Reply1/21/2017 9:48:18 AMMaureen,   United States

Louise ( Denmark ) :1/23/2017 9:38:32 PM

If you plan to visit Badaling section, you can take bus no. 877 at Deshengmen and it can take you directly to the Wall.
You can take bus no. 130 in front of your hotel to Yonghegong Station, and then transfer to subway line 2 to Jishuitan; leave from Exit B2 and walk eastwards to find the bus stop.
Or, you can take a direct taxi from your hotel to Deshengmen and the fare is around CNY25.

H, Can you please guide us to get the easiest & economic way of transport & the fare rates to visit badaling great wall from huafu international hotel 53 Dong'anmen St,DongDan, Dongcheng Qu,

Also at what time the last bus or train is there to return.

Reply12/19/2016 1:19:12 AMVipul,   India

Cynthia ( France ) :12/21/2016 4:24:20 AM

You may take bus no. 877 from Deshengmen to the Wall. From your hotel, hail a taxi to Deshengmen Arrow Tower at a cost of CNY25. The boarding stop of bus 877 is on the north of the tower. You will arrive at the Wall in around 1h.

how much is the taxi fare from Badaling Great Wall to BDL Ski Resort or by bus is better.

Reply12/6/2016 11:22:50 PMYusri,   Malaysia

Fiona ( France ) :12/7/2016 9:57:13 PM

Hi, dear! There is no direct bus between them. You are advised to take a taxi. The fare may be around CNY 20 to 30. It takes about 15 minutes. :)

I would want to visit the Great Wall Badaling. I will be staying in Park Royal Beijing Wangfujing. So how do I get to the Great Wall and Ming Tomb from the hotel? Besides that what are the other attractions near to my hotel

Reply4/30/2016 1:06:21 PMSherlyn,   Malaysia

Danny ( Canada ) :5/3/2016 9:01:40 PM

Do you refer to Park Plaza Hotel at No. 97, Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District? If yes, you may take metro line 5 from Dengshikou Station to Yonghegong Lama Temple, and change to metro line 2 to Xizhimen Station, Exit A2. Then, walk north to North Railway Station, and take S2 train to the wall. After touring around, you can take bus line 879 to the tombs. The nearby attractions include Tian'anmen Square, Wangfujing Pedestrian Street, Beihai Park, etc. May you have a great time! :)

Is there any halal restaurant available in/near Badaling Great Wall?

Reply12/14/2015 11:30:53 PMLucy,   Singapore

Fenny :12/20/2015 4:31:48 AM

As I know, there is no pure halal restaurant nearby. At the foot of the mountain, you can find the Badaling Restaurant, where you can order dishes you like.

I am planning to visit Beijing in January 2016. I want to know how can I get from Qianmen area to Badaling Great Wall then to Ming Tomb then back to Qianmen again? How much does it cost for the whole tour? (including roundtrip cable car) How much time do I need to spend for these 2 attractions in one day?

Reply5/21/2015 4:38:10 AMAlbert,   Indonesia

Coco :5/25/2015 9:33:40 PM

Hi Albert. You can take subway line 2 at Qianmen to Xizhimen. Take the exit 2 and you can walk to local North Railway Station in 5-8min. There you can take a train to Badaling in around 80min, at a cost of CNY6 per person. After visiting Badaling, find bus no. 879 nearby to the Ming Tombs at a cost of CNY10 and the dropping-off stop should be Dingling or Changling.

You can spend 3-4 hours at Badaling and around 2 hours at Ming Tombs.

Thge entrance ticket of Badaling is CNY40 during Nov. to next Mar. and CNY45 during Apr. and Oct. The roundtrip cable car costs CNY60. The combo ticket for Ming Tombs including Changling, Dingling, Zhaoling and Sacred Road costs CNY135.
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