Famous ancient monuments & beautiful mountain scenery
Touristy and crowded during peak seasons
There is a Chinese saying "You are not a hero if you have not visited Great Wall of China"
Badaling is the site of the most visited section of the Great Wall of China, approximately 80 km northwest of urban Beijing city and 11km away from Juyongguan Pass. It means "giving access to every direction". The portion of the wall running through the site was built in 1505 during the Ming Dynasty, along with a military outpost reflecting the...more
The service staff abides by the concepts of giving top priority to the reputation of the motherland, the capital and the scenic spot, putting the interests of tourists first, serving tourists whole-heartedly, and promoting the spirits and cultures of the Great Wall.Located 200 meters to the north of the Pass, the center has an information desk that...more
Badaling Great Wall was officially opened to tourists in 1958. It is a section of the Great Wall opened earliest to tourists and receiving the largest number of tourists. In the five decades since it was opened, Badaling Great Wall scenic spot, on behalf of the Great Wall of China, was conferred with the World Cultural Heritage license by UNESCO....more
This unique creation of human hands which is visible from the surface of the Moon. The wall was stretched more than on 6300 kilometers and is almost equal on length to the third river of the world of Yangtze. It is one of the most important sights of China and one of the most visited monuments in the world.“He - who doesn’t reach the Great Wall is...more
The Soul Tower and Fang Cheng is a very impressive building which guards the resting place of Empress Zhu Di of the Ming Dynasty, whose tomb lies beneath a small hill called Baoding next to the Soul Tower. Future emperors of the Ming Dynasty will come here to pay respect to their ancestor Emperor Zhu Di.more
As mentioned in part 1 of this tip, there is an impressive display exhibition in the Hall of Eminent Favour, including the emperor and empress robes and head-dresses, beautiful white jade and green jade belts, kitchen-ware etc. Photography is allowed but you cannot use flash. You should also take time to admire the interior design of this hall...more
In between the Gate of Eminent Favour and Hall of Eminent Favour of Chang Ling, there are 2 beautiful sacred silk burner lining the path. These were used to burn commerative inscriptions and sacred silk materials after sacrificial rites of the Ming Dynasty of China.more
Chang Ling is the biggest and most visited of the 13 Ming Tombs (most of them are closed to the public). There is a path leading to the entrance gate, which are lined with statues of various animals. However, nowadays the tour buses will send you to the doorsteps of the entrance gate, thus giving these animal statues a miss. The entrance gate is...more
The Ming Tombs are a series of 13 tombs housing the remains of 13 of the 16 emperors of the Ming Dynasty of China (around 1300AD to 1644AD). They are located around the mountainous areas north of Beijing, the biggest tomb which is most visited is the Chang Ling tomb (however, the underground portion of this tomb is not evaluated so as to preserve...more
After climbing the Great Wall, we felt a bit hungry. So we decided to eat a light meal, before our bus ride towards Beijing Airport.
It was a typical open Chinese restaurant.
The Noodles were just delicious. Of course we also tried some local Chinese beer.
Favorite Dish: Noodles with beef
The best way to experience the Great Wall of China is of course to climb up the slope and stairs on your own. This may be quite tiring and require resting, especially if you are not so physically conditioned. Another option is to go up using the cable car but this requires more time and will be crowded during the peak seasons. There are various...more
The best way to visit the Great Wall and Ming Tombs is by a day tour, which include a comfortable bus, lunch and a English speaking guide. This will save you the trouble of organising your own trip and most of the tourist going there usually takes the day tour. You can book through the internet which will cost about US$60 per person (for 2 persons)...more
After breakfast, we left Beijing towards the Great Wall by bus. It was an organised trip so everything on transport was organised.We had no traffic jam; it was about 1h30 driving.The view along the road was not very special, so most people were reading or even sleeping.After our Great Wall visit the same bus brought us to Beijing airport were we...more
If you are on an escort tour to Great Wall and Ming Tombs, it is very likely that you will visit the silk shop, which sells lots of products made from silk. The shop will also introduce you to what is silk, how to make silk threads, clothes and blankets etc. Some of the silk stuff here is worth buying because of the good quality and it will be more...more
If you are going for an escort tour to the Great Wall and Ming Tombs, the local guide will most likely bring you to a jade shop located nearby. This is also the location of your lunch so it is almost unavoidable. They will give you a briefing of what is jade, different types of jade, how to carve jade and of course they will bring you to a big shop...more
There are several small souvenir shops inside the Ming Tombs, but the souvenirs are quite limited as compared to the Great Wall at Badaling. Since a day trip usually involves visiting these 2 attractions, it would be better to buy your souvenirs at the Badaling Great Wall, but remember to bargain hard (30% of the price or less).more
The Great Wall at Badaling can get very crowded, especially during the peak tourist seasons of May, September and October. The first week of October (called the "Golden Week") is the national holidays of China and a lot of tourists will be there, so please avoid if possible. Be careful of your belongings and it is best to keep your valuables in...more
Some portions of the great wall at Badaling are rather steep (and others with huge and uneven steps) so be careful especially coming down. There are railings at the side along the wall (see photo), so hold on to them if you need to. At the other parts of the great wall, especially the Simatai Great Wall, some parts of the wall are in bad condition...more
Be careful, as it can be very hot while climbing the steps towards the Great Wall.So wear a sun hat on your head, use a sun block crème, and of course take plenty of water.But if you do not have enough water, there are small stands on the Great wall, which sell drinks, but these drinks can be more expensive then from an ordinary shop. But whatever,...more
At the main entry point onto the wall is a tourist souvenir stall area, which also contains pits containing Asian Black Bears, also known as Sun Bears or Moon Bears. Keepers sell fruit and veg to the tourists to be fed to the bears - PLEASE do not participate in this, it's most unpleasant to see these poor creatures begging for food, and rocking side to side which is a characteristic sign of boredom and suffering.
Luggage and bags:
a small backpack to put your sun block creme, and water
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A sweater can be handy as it can be chilly on top of the Great Wall, we did not need this, as it was very hot when we visited the Great Wall.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: sun block creme
Photo Equipment: Plenty of film rolls, or for the digi-kids plenty oy of memory cards
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: good shoes (not the slippery ones)
As in all other touristy places, there are locals who will take souvenir photographs for you at a price when you are at the Great Wall. At one section near the top, your photograph will be placed in a certificate which states that you have climbed the great wall (this is one of those tourist rip-off stuff). Also, you can even sit on a camel or...more