Badaling Great Wall Tour - private tour and
Where is Badaling located
The Great Wall section of Badaling is located at Yanqing County, more than 70 kilometers northwest from the center of
Beijing City. It is a mountain pass of the Jundu Mountain. Badaling is at the highest point of north end of the Guan'gou gorge, in which the Juyongguan Pass lies. In the history, the function of Badaling was to protect the
Juyongguan Pass. Along with Guan'gou gorge, there are several interests and historic sites. Badaling is a rare ancient military defense project. The elevation of it is about 1,000 meters.
The wall of Badaling has a total length of 3, 741 meters with an average height of 8 meters. The highest part is 15 meters. The total area for a tour is 19, 000 square meters. The top of the wall can permit five horses to be ridden abreast. There are arched doors at the inner side of the wall with very little distance between each two doors. The arched doors lead you to the top of the wall by stone stairs.
How Was Badaling Built
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, pretty, 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.
Badaling Open to Tourists - Badaling Tours
Badaling was the earliest section to be open to the tourists among all the parts of the whole
Great Wall. 130 million tourists from China and abroad have visited Badaling; 370 foreign leaders and very important persons have come to climb Badaling successively.
Great Wall Adventure Club provide convenience to take you to Badaling section
for one-day trip.
The portion of the wall at Badaling has undergone heavy restoration, and
in 1957 it was the first section of the wall to open to tourists. Now
visited annually by millions, the immediate area has seen significant
development, including hotels, restaurants, and a cable car. The recently
completed Badaling Expressway connects Badaling with Beijing city.
Near Badaling, there is a large-scaled Great-Wall-of-China Museum as well
as the Great Wall National Theater from which you can get a full and
complete view of the Great Wall. In 1961, the State Council decided that
Badaling was a national key protected culture relic unit. In 1987, Badaling
became World Cultural heritage by the United Nation.
World Leaders on Badaling
U.S. President Barack Obama had a tour to Badaling
Great Wall on November
18, 2009 to end his trip to China.
"It's magical," Obama said when walking along the Great Wall in
chilly winter wind. "It reminds you of the sweep of history and our time
here on earth is not that long. We better make the best of it."
Dressed in a dark winter jacket, a smiling Obama broke away from
companions and walked alone along the ramp. "I'm inspired
by the majesty of the Great Wall and am grateful for the warmth of the
Chinese people," Obama wrote on the visitor's book after his half-hour tour.
"I brought back the admiration for the Chinese civilization, I bring
here the greetings of American People," Obama said when ascending a
watchtower to enjoy a distant view at the Badaling section of the Great
Obama is the fifth U.S. president to visit the manmade wonder. Former
U.S. President Richard Nixon visited the Great Wall in 1972,Ronald Reagan in
1984 and Bill Clinton in 1998. In 2002, former U.S. President George W. Bush
and his wife Laura toured the same section as Obama did.
Bus Tour to Badaling & Mutianyu
to take our
bus tour to Badaling Great Wall.
The Great Wall Adventure Club offers Daily Bus Tours
to major attractions of Beijing. Our exceptional design of tour routes
have been optimized for busy international tourists. At very competitive
rates and with no compromise to quality, our bus tours of small group have taken over
7,000 tourists to Great Wall (at Badaling,
Simatai, Gubeikou), Temple of Heaven, Lama Temple, Summer
Palace, Ming Tombs, Forbidden City, Hutong, and newly added the 2008
Beijing Olympics sites such as the Bird's Nest and Water Cub.
In 2009, we have the following routes and groups for your sightseeing of Beijing
(Price Chinese RMB per person). Each group is about 10 people and Toyota
Coaster mini-bus (capacity of 10) is the model we usually use. We also
have Beijing's unique bike tours of Imperial City and old Hutong with
professional guide and audio instruction to learn the beauty and
amazement of Chinese tradition.
Badaling Tour Fees and Time
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
Compare to our
bus tour to Mutianyu Great Wall.