The Great Wall at Badaling is only 43km away from downtown Beijing. Thanks to its accessibility and close proximity to Beijing, Badaling is the most visited section of the Great Wall.
There are a number of easy ways to reach Badaling Great Wall.
To get to Badaling by bus, leave Jishuitan Subway Station (Line 2) via exit B2 and take bus 877. The bus route is called Deshengmen to Badaling and costs 12 CNY. The last bus departs at 12:30.
You can also get to Badaling by train. Take the train from Huangtudian Railway Station near Huoying Subway Station (Lines 8 and 13) and get off at Badaling Railway Station. The entrance to the Great Wall is about 20 minutes walk away, but it is easy to find; simply follow the crowds of people!
While Badaling Great Wall was built in 1504 during the Ming dynasty, it wasn’t until 1957 that it became the first part of the wall to be opened to tourists. In 1972, US president Richard Nixon visited the Badaling Great Wall along with his wife. Other prominent figures to climb Badaling include former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev.
The Badaling Great Wall was completely renovated in the eighties, somewhat depriving it of the ancient feeling you can experience at other sections of the Great Wall. It is also a relatively easy walk, although it is still steep enough to reward you with wonderful photo opportunities.
Badaling is visited by millions of travelers each year, which make it a very tourist-friendly destination but not the best spot for those seeking a quiet hike away from the masses.
Average time needed to visit Badaling: 3-4 hours
Opening hours: 1 April to 31 October, 06:30 to 19:00; 1 November to 31 March, 07:00 to 18:00
Entry ticket: From 1 April to 31 October, CNY 45; from 1 November to 31 March, CNY 40.
Cable car: One way, CNY 40; return, CNY 60.