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Badaling Great Wall

Great Wall at Badaling Section

  • Located 80km north of Tiananmen Square (center of Beijing), Badaling Great Wall was built in 1505 during the Ming Dynasty. This section of Great Wall is the best preserved part near Beijing. 12 kilometers long wall is available at Badaling, which make it possible for both short sightseeing or a light hiking.


  • ID : 9
  • City : beijing
  • English name : Badaling Great Wall
  • Chinese name : 八达岭长城
  • Type : Great Wall,
  • Level : easy
  • Kids : Possible
  • Elders: Possible
  • Best season : all year round
  • Visiting length : 1-3 Hours
  • Distance to city center : 80 km

Introduction of Badaling Great Wall

  • Badaling Great Wall is located in Yanqing Country, 60 kilometers to the northwest of downtown Beijing. It is a section of Ming Great Wall, an important part of the great ancient military defense project of China. It is the outpost of the Juyongguan Pass. Badaling Great Wall was built in 1505 of Ming Dynasty. It was called "Yugan Barrier" as one of the eight views of Juyongguan Great wall at that time. It was the first section opened to the tourists. Built along the ridges of mountains, the wall is like a strong dragon winding its way. It has an average altitude of over 1,000 meters. The highest point is Beibalou, about 1015 meters above sea level.

Photo of Badaling Great Wall

  • The photo of Badaling Great Wall as below show a further part of wall at Badaling. Only a few travelers know this place. It is a good idea to take a light hiking start from the ticket office of Badaling Great Wall.
  • Badaling Great Wall photo

Highlights of visiting Badaling Great Wall

    Watchtowers, Beacon Fire Towers, the Passes

Helper to visit Badaling Great Wall

  • Address in English : Exit 58, Jing-Zang Expressway, G6, Yanqing District, Beijing,China
  • Address in Chinese : 北京市延庆区G6京藏高速58号出口
  • Tel : +8610-6912 2222
  • Post code : 102112
  • Ticket time : 09:00-16:00
  • Open time : 09:00-16:00
  • Closing time : Null
  • Location : Badaling Great Wall is around 80 km to downtown beijing


  • Public bus: 919,880,or877(Badaling Great Wall)
  • Train start from Beijing North Station: G2501, G7871, G9101, G8815, G2485.
  • Private car is the best method to visit Badaling Great Wall with local tour operator.


  • high season : 60 RMB/person.
  • shoulder season : 60 RMB/person.
  • low season : 60 RMB/person.

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Map of Badaling Great Wall

  • Badaling Great Wall map as below shows this section of wall is 70 km north of Beijing city. The wall covers two parts, the north part and the south part. Cable cars are available at each part. China Great Wall Museum standars between two parts. Cinema, Bus stop and pedestrian street are available near the Museum.
  • Badaling Great Wall map

Hotel Near Badaling Great Wall

  • 5 star/duluxe hotel
  • Beijing Marriott Hotel Changping
  • Hyatt Regency Beijing Shiyuan
  • 4 star/superior hotel
  • Beijing Shiyuan Ocean Spring Hotel
  • Jinyu Fengshan Hotspring Resort
  • 3 star/comfort hotel
  • Holiday Inn Express Beijing Badaling

Restaurant near Badaling Great Wall

Rose Valley Days Hotel: 4km away from Badaling Great Wall
Commune by the Great Wall: at the foot of the Badaling Great Wall
  • History of Badaling Great Wall
  • According to the Historical Records and cultural relics census, the great wall was constructed at Badaling area during the Warring States Period. The remnant walls and piers can still be found now. Their directions are roughly the same with the Ming Great Wall. The Northern Wei Dynasty of 1,500 years ago had built the Great Wall at badaling area.
    Badaling Great Wall today was built 1505 of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It lasts over 80 years and the total length reached up to over 650km. It was restored in 1953 and opened to tourists in 1958. In 1961, the state council determined the wall as the national key cultural relics. In 1988, it was enlisted in the World Cultural Heritage Directory by UNESCO. In 2007, it was listed among the New Seven Wonders of the World.

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    • Climate Features
    • Badaling Great Wall is located in the northern edge of north China plain. It is a typical warm temperate semi-humid continental monsoon climate, featuring four distinctive seasons. he annual average temperature is 11.8 ℃, the coldest average temperature in January is -4.6℃ and the hottest in July is 26.1 ℃. Spring and Autumn is shorter, winter is longer. The average annual rainfall is 644mm and the frost-free period is 180 days.
    • Architecture of Badaling Great Wall
    • The parapets built on the inner side is about one meter high. The battlements on the outer side are about two meters high with embrasures for shooting through. The wall here is high and solid with huge stone slabs and filled with hardened earth and rocks. The stone slab is three meters long and weighs more than 1,000 kilograms apiece.
    • Main Attractions of Badaling Great Wall
    • The Pass The pass of Badaling Great Wall, narrow on east and wide on west. It has two gates, east gate and west gate, both are brick structures. The piers of the Pass are high and thick, built with 10 layers of lath-shaped granites at the bottom and big bricks at the supper part. The west wall is 20 meters wide, 17 meters thick and 7.8 meters high. There is a platform on the top, with two passages connecting the wall of the pass and crenels all around. Five ancient cannons are displayed at the entrance to the Pass. They were built in the Ming Dynasty and used to guard the Great Wall.
    • Ancient Cannons Five ancient cannons are displayed at the entrance to the Pass of the Badaling Great Wall. They are one of the advanced weapons of the Ancient time. The biggest cannon, built in 1638, is 2.85 meters long and 105mm in the caliber. The other four smaller cannons, known as “cattle leg cannons”, were unearthed with hundreds of cannon balls in 1957. They were all built in the Ming Dynasty.
    • The wall The walls of the Badaling Great Wall are 6-9 meters high, flat trapezoid, 6.5-7.5 meters wide at the bottom part and 4.5-5.8 meters at the top. The top of the most walls are wide to accommodate to five horses or 10 people in a row for fighting demands. The outer side of the wall is high and the inner side is low.
    • Watchtower There are 43 Watchtowers at Badaling Great Wall. They are similar in shape, but with individual features. Some Watchtowers have two layers, upper layers were built with forts and shooting holes and the lower layers were used to lodge for solider and hold supplies. The distance of the Watchtowers is determined according to the mountain form. 16 towers have been restored till now.
    • Beacon Fire Tower Beacon Fire Towers is available at each the east and west mountain beyond the Great Wall. Built at the top of mountains beyond the Great Wall, Beacon Fire Towers is used to communicated in the ancient time. Beacon Fire Towers are older than Great Wall. When enemies were found, smokes were made in the daytime and fires were light in the evening. The soldiers on other watch towers may know the amount of enemies according to the smoke or fire.
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    • Other attractions at the Badaling Great Wall
    • China Great Wall Museum The Museum is themed on Great Wall of China and displays the history, military, architecture, economy, culture, art and present situations of Great Wall. Covering an area of 3000 square meters, it consists of 9 exhibition halls.
      With the way of tables, charts, photos, and humanistic landscape models, China Great Wall Museum is helpful for visitors to have a comprehensive understanding of Great Wall of China.
    • Circle Cinema Circle Cinema adopts two latest technologies, circular screens and dome. 360-degree seamless screen and gigantic dome creates the strong visual impacts and artistic effects. The movie "Great Wall" is projected to the screens simultaneously with 10 projectors. The movie shows the beautiful scene of the Great Wall and the stories, histories and wars related with the great wall of China.
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