Located in the Yanqing, about 80 km (50 miles) northwest of Beijing with a 1 hour 30 minutes journey from the city center, the Badaling is the representative section of the Ming Great Wall. With more than 1,000 meters above sea level, it is the best preserved and the most popular one amongst all the Great Wall sections, where you can have a birds’ eyes view of the spectacular and astonishing scenery. Its grand scenery, completed facility and profound culture and history have attracted numerous travelers from home and broad to have a visit here, of whom including about 370 state leaders and VIPs such as Obama, Nixon and Thatcher.
The Great Wall at Badaling was built in the 18th year (1505) of the reign of Hong Zhi, an emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Compared with the other sections, it is features comprehensive tour services such as a circular-screen cinema, GreatWallMuseum, shopping and dining facilities, as well as barrier-free structures for the disabled. GreatWallMuseum here is an all-around museum that takes the Great Wall as its theme, which comprehensively reflects the history, policy, military, economy and culture of the Great Wall. Nearby Attractions include the imperial cemetery – Ming Tombs, which is located about half way from Beijing city center to Badaling.
The best time to visit the grand Badaling is summer and early autumn time. Do remember to choose comfortable footwear with good grip and support for the feet and those clothes with layers that can be taken on and off for greater comfort and temperature control. And also wear the skin product for sun production in summer as the summer in Bejing is so hot and anti-coldness in winter for the sub zero temperatures because of altitude and exposure in the wall. Take the breathable waterproofs for protection from rain and wind also because the umbrellas here are inconvenient in strong winds. Start to plan your trip now and you’ll have a memorable experience here!