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The Great Wall at Badaling is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yanqing, Beijing, China that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 3.4 mi Elevation gain 1,010 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Paved

Views

Wildlife

No shade

Historic site

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A round trip from Beijing to the most popular section of the Great Wall The Great Wall at Badaling is the most popular tourist section of this landmark since it has been recently restored and is reasonably close to Beijing (around 60 kilometers/85 miles to the northwest). It was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and first opened to tourists in 1957. More than 150 million people have visited Badaling since its restoration. It takes around an hour on the bus to get there, so you can reasonably do this tour in half a day (depending on where in Beijing you start from and how long you plan to spend at the Wall). The bus costs 12RMB one way for an adult; there are discounts for children. Buy your ticket as you get on the bus. The 919 buses, which serve Badaling, are all lime green. Entrance to the Great Wall costs 45RMB for an adult with half-price discounts for children; children shorter than under 1.2 meters (3 feet 11 inches) enter free. The cable car costs 60RMB one way for an adult (80RMB return), 30RMB for children. Again, children shorter than 1.2m are free.

Great Wall Museum at Badaling Pass http://www.chinamuseums.com/great_wall.htm

The Great Wall at Badaling is not an easy hike and parts of the are extremely steep, so this tour is unsuitable if you have elderly people or very young children with you. If members of your party don't want to hike between the sections mentioned on this tour, you can get the cable car both ways and just get the views from the relatively flat but extremely crowded section around the cable car drop off point. Make sure you have drinks and snacks with you while you hike and wear sensible shoes. You should budget around 200RMB per person for this trip for bus fare, entrance to the Wall, the cable car tickets and food. Don't be intimidated by the subway in Beijing-everything (including announcements) is in English and Chinese and is well marked. Try to avoid rush hour as trains (especially on lines 1 and 2) will be very crowded. Using the subway ticket machines is pretty intuitive. The touch-screen button for English is in the bottom left corner of the screen. Select the line you need and touch the station you want. You'll then be prompted to confirm the number of tickets and the amount you need to pay. There are maps both on-screen and on the walls to check which line you need. Ticket machines in the subway don't accept 1RMB notes, just the coins. (Renminbi Yuan-usually known as RMB or just yuan-is China's currency.) If you don't have change, or only big notes, go to a ticket window and hand over 2RMB-it's a flat fare for a single ticket (you can't buy returns) wherever you go. Most places in China only accept payment in cash, so don't expect to be able to pay by credit card.

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Brian Blackwell
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Teresa M.
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Dhaval Patel
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Great views. Tough to take photos with all the people who frequent the site.

Allie Biache
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If you get the chance to hike the Great Wall (especially on a rare blue-sky day), you do it. 10/10 amazing.

Julie Noble
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Jared Whitney
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Yolanda Whitney
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Denis Schaffer
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Eric Z
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Bill Futral
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Danielle Morgan
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Craig Keller
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