Great Wall - Badaling, Beijing
Wellw hat can be said about this, its a wall, and its great! The Badling section was vey busy when I visited, its also a steep climb up on uneven steps so wear sensible footwear and bring water if its hot. Its a long steep climb if your unfit. I do beleive there is a section where you can get a cable car up but I didnt see this, maybe its another part. This part is restored, last restored in 1950's I think.
The tour I went on included "shopping". In other words we left the hotel ay 7:30 then went to a jade factory, a silk factory, a pottery factory, had dinner, went to the ming tombs, then went to a tea shop, then the great wall. So the "main event" was at the end of the day and we only actually got an hour on the wall. Got back to teh hotel at 7:30 in the evening. If I were going again go on the NO shopping trip!
Badaling Great Wall. Not so crowded during the winter but it sure is chilly and windy there. Be sure to bring in warm jackets and ear muffs and gloves during the winter. It still is a great experience though to climb the great wall.
I visited the Great Wall at Badaling. It was a perfect day and a long walk, but worth all the work.
I was amazed to see some elderly Chinese still trekking up the wall. Yes, UP the wall, because it can get kinda steep in places.
Note: buy water beforehand (expensive at the top) and do your shopping outside the wall entrance for better deals (e.g. $1 Tshirts).
We travelled to Badaling to the Great Wall with our tour guide. This was one of the high lights of our trip to Beijing.
It is interesting to see how the grade of the walk way becomes steeper and steeper until it reaches about 60 degrees.
We have always heard about the Great Wall and it was fantastic to be able to see it.
The view was beautiful, especially because everything was lightly snow-covered. We organized the tour through the business desk at our hotel, which is available at most hotels in Beijing. the price was great, and it included lunch, a trip to traditional doctors and the Ming Tombs. The people on the Wall itself were very pushy, trying to sell postcards and T-shirts, but they still were unable to take away from the feeling of being there. It's a must see, a tough climb, and cold in the winter, but much less tourists.
WOW. I mean, christ, you can't get any better than THE GREAT WALL. Anywhere.
Entry fee was 45 RMB / person. They give you this cool ticket with chinese stamps, etc. It's also a postcard (although who would wanna part with the ticket?!)
Easy to get there. All around Tianenmen Sq. buses leave to go to the wall. We took a bus (tour) that was all Chinese, but hey, it was cheap to get there (7 RMB each for the ticket). Howeverrrrr they first bring you to a section of the wall called Juyongguan. Entry there is 40 RMB / person. Climbing is very steep, so beware! Thennnn they bring you to Badaling, which is the real touristy-section of the great wall, and the best-kept section. Pictures galore. Great place. Remember, it's another 45 RMB to get in there. T-shirts are expensive, don't buy them there, wait 'till you walk back down the hill, hawkers will desperately sell them for 5RMB.
Anyway, really worth it and the best attraction in Beijing, by far.
P.S. If you MUST go by taxi, try to go for 300-400 roundtrip. Only pay HALF once you get there, so the guy will wait for you. Once you get back to beijing pay the other half. Don't do it any other way or you'll get screwed.
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.
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.