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The Great Wall at Badaling

Badaling, Yanqing County 102112, China
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings
Activities: Walking, Hiking, Wine tasting
Owner description: The Great Wall of China is considered to be the only man-made project visible from the moon. Although it was once thought to have been built entirely... more » Owner description: The Great Wall of China is considered to be the only man-made project visible from the moon. Although it was once thought to have been built entirely during the Qin Dynasty between 221 and 238 BC, it is now believed to have been started earlier.Stretching more than 6,400 kilometers in length. « less
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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

do the tour thing...it may be rip off but they get you there and the money spent is well worth it. I mean , come on, they want a few extra pennies to assist you on a safe arrival. If you can pay the gazillion dollars to get there than you forgo the extra two pennies to have them show... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

The Great Wall lives up to its name as its sheer size cannot be understood until you actually climb up it. We went on a tour to the Badaling section of the Great Wall, which is very popular and has a well developed tourist centre around the approach to the entry to the Wall. Our Tour Guide explained that tis... More

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Badaling is a great place for a good workout with hundreds or thousands of steps if you want as it is where the wall "starts" in the area so there are a lot of very steep and high steps (some as high as 20 inches). There are beautiful views and 2 great pavilions on the property. We were lucky enough... More

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Finksburg, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

The day we went was unfortunately a bit overcast and hazy so it was difficult to get a good picture of the distance. We claimed the south wall. You have to climb it yourself to really understand the complexity of the wall. It was very uneven and quite steep in many places. All in all it's worth the effort to... More

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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

The benefits of going now are that it's slightly cooler, slightly less busy, and slightly less traffic from Beijing to here. But still be prepared for an experience of people and wall, but it is all worth it, and unimaginably impressive. Some bits have wheelchair access. Going up is steep in places and uneven, coming down can be even harder... More

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tucson, az
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

The Great Wall. Heard about it my whole life. Worth the hype? A resounding yes. Badaling is a bit of a drive from Beijing, perhaps an hour and a half, but it is a lovely spot to take in the grandeur and amazing scope of The Wall. There have been some "improvements" made to the structure to preserve and also... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Badaling is the best known Place to visit the Great Wall. I wanted actually to climb myself a long, long way up to the wall. Beautiful day, sunny, and I was absolutely wet after one hours walk. But happy, happy! What a tremendous wall against the mongolians. And how could they have done it? Respect!

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

First up, as a 'Westerner' or 'foreigner', your almost certainly going to be approached at some point in Beijing by some offering a tour to the great wall. It's one of the most famous sites in the world so that's to be expected. However, I've found the prices to vary massively so shop around or just go yourself - that's... More

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New Delhi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

An experience in itself. We started early on a Saturday(7 AM from Marriott North East) as the reviews had forewarned us about the traffic. So right, as in the last stretch we encountered severe traffic and jams and it took 2 and a half hours for the entire journey. Enjoyed the climb, would recommend first time visitors to take the... More

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glasgow
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We went to Badaling's Great Wall section in August and after reviewing a few organized-trips offers we decided to head there by a train which was probably the best decision ever. All the offered trips not only start fairly late- meaning getting stuck in the long line of tourist buses queuing to enter the town and being sandwiched between millions... More

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