Great Wall - Badaling, Beijing

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    The Great Wall in Badaling

    by aramat Written Nov 12, 2003

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    Great Wall

    Badaling is the closest part of the Wall to Beijing and it's said to be the easiest part. Well, it is steep climbing all the way up on either side is a pretty good workout (it's also possible to go around, if you've got time). The year before I went to Mutianyu and maybe I was fitter, but that part seemed to be easier for me, though I remember I was surprised by the stairs - I imagined more of a roadlike surface, not steps. Probably because I learnt in school that the Great Wall was also used as a road for the army and it was wide enough for carriages. And I was there and couldn't imagine any carriage moving on those steps. Maybe they were more like litters without wheels, carried by people.

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    Badaling Great Wall

    by meteorologist1 Updated Aug 24, 2003

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    Badaling Great Wall

    The Badaling Great Wall is a good section to see the Great Wall. It was the earliest section to be opened to the tourists. Here you will see what you have seen in books, magazines, and on television -- the image of the famous Great Wall. The walk on the wall can be tiring since the wall follows the contour of the mountains -- so it's like ascending and descending mountains.

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    Great Wall - Badaling, 10' west

    by extrajoce Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Me on the Great Wall

    As you arrive at Badaling on the Great Wall, you will surely be impressed by the touristic pressure and the too good to be true condition of the wall. All you need to do is get up there, walk past all the people having their picture taken, and you will have a better impression of what the wall was like. As you climb steep slopes towards the west, the number of tourists will dwindle until you eventually get to a part which is not restored and offers a more romantic vision of this unbelievable man-made feature stretching thousands of miles through the country.

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    Badaling Great Wall

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Badaling Great Wall

    Badaling Great Wall is typical of the wall during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644AD). This section of the Great Wall attracts the most tourists as they enjoy walking along the stretches of the wall and also because the gigantic feat of construction is most impressive. Guard rails and cable cars make Badaling a safe and almost easy way to see the Great Wall.

    This section of the wall also houses a museum of Chinese history, which includes a photo gallery and the Great Wall Circle Vision Theater, a 360 degree amphitheater which shows a 15 minute film on the history and legends of the wall.

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    BADALINGThe government has...

    by SirRichard Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The government has restored this part of the wall so that every tower and turret stands just as it did when the Mongols overran the country 700 years ago. Observation holes are available on the upper part of the battlements.
    This section of the wall also houses a museum of Chinese history, which includes a photo gallery and the Great Wall Circle Vision Theater, a 360 degree amphitheater which shows a 15 minute film on the history and legends of the wall.

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    Visiting the Great Wall is a...

    by Natrix Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Visiting the Great Wall is a really obligatory thing to do in China. I went to a place called 'Badaling' to see it, it's the 'classic' (very tourist) place for seeing the Great Wall, but there are also others, that might be more interesting. I heard 'Mutianyu' is quite nice, you can take the lift to get up the hill there and then slide it down on the way back, that sounds like fun! I climbed up the stairs to the highest point of the Great Wall (the highest at Badaling at least), which is a matter of honour if you're Chinese. A little tip: when you climb up all the stairs you sweat a lot, so it's a good idea to take some water with you. Otherwise, the less burdened you are, the better!
    What I think is most impressive about the Great Wall is the fact that it was man-made hundreds of years ago, the historical impact it has and of course the beautiful mountain view you have from it.

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    by loliver Written Dec 23, 2007

    This is one of the more tourist oriented sections of the wall, but it still is not very crowded. One can walk all along the wall.

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    Badaling Great Wall

    by AlexInacio Written Dec 10, 2007

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    Yes there are crowds that at times you're pushing your way through, but it's still the Great Wall and it's what you're here to see and not the crowds.

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