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The Great Wall at Badaling

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Address: Badaling, Yanqing County 102112, China
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Activities: Walking, Hiking, Wine tasting
Description: The Great Wall of China is considered to be the only man-made project...
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.
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Easy to see... just take the express bus from Beijing for <$3!

If you're not wanting to spend huge dollars on a tour you can easily take the express bus #877 from the line 2 Jishuitan subway station for just $3. The buses leave at least... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

If you're not wanting to spend huge dollars on a tour you can easily take the express bus #877 from the line 2 Jishuitan subway station for just $3. The buses leave at least every 60 minutes and the ride is about 60 mins. The Badaling wall can be very busy so expect crowds on the weekend. I wouldn't recommend... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Arrived early and glad we did. When you enter the area you can choose to walk the "easy" side or the "harder" side of the wall. We wanted to take in both sides as the scenery was distinctly different. The "easy" walk got very crowded as the day went on and we were happy that we arrived early. Great photo... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Let's start with the trip report of getting to and from the wall. Lots of info here on drivers, and even the train, but nothing I read discussed what we experienced. We had to do the wall on a Sunday, so I anticipated the train to be crowded. What I didn't anticipate was the mad, amazing race like dash when... More 

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Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Badaling is among the few most famous spot of the Great Wall. Having visiting this place during the winter, the crowd is not as crowded as the other seasons. Went there in the moning/noon, the sun was great and a simple layer of down jacket would be sufficient. Traffic to there seems acceptable from Beijing. Not having much trouble when... More 

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Denver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I highly recommend that you arrange transportation and go here instead of the heavily visited and jammed sections closer to Beijing. This section has been mostly rebuilt and you can sometimes walk for quite a distance without seeing anyone else. There are some areas which haven't been touched that you can't access, but you can see what it looks like... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

In Beijing you may see a lot of guys who will suggest you to take a tour to see the famous sight in China. The price is attractive 80RMB for the transportation and the food, but actually what happened was first the wrong price: 150RMB Then when you arrived at the great wall (Badaling) just don't follow the group, you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

As the Chinese saying goes 不到長城非好汉漢!which means you can't call your a brave man if you don't attempt walking the Great Wall... So we did! Upon entering you have a choice between the easy route (less steps and walking on a slope gradually to the next check point aka pagoda) or the harder route (climbing up steep steps at a... More 

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Waterford, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This is the site that Nixon visited years ago but with many tourist updates. Take the time to negotiate with the locals for products you may want. Make sure to have good walking shoes and walk up the wall. The further you go, the more accomplished you will feel. It is a gorgeous site when the weather is clear.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Upon arrival at the Great Wall at Badaling, the first thing you notice is all the climbers on the north side of the wall. Our tour guide told us to try the south side as there were far less people. One thing we found out later after climbing the south side is that is steeper than the north. But we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

I had done a little research to conclude that the Wall is better enjoyed at Mutianyu, Jiankou, Huanghuacheng or Simatai. But my hosts disagreed, insisting upon Badaling, as crowded and commercialized as it is. I plan to visit other sections someday but am grateful for the "standard" introduction to this astonishing place. The mind boggling history of Wan Li Chang... More 

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