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Great Wall at Badaling
Great Wall at Badaling

Great Wall at Badaling

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912 Reviews
Yanqing Qu, Beijing, China, 102102

The Basics

Visit the Great Wall at Badaling on a day trip from Beijing, as part of a China highlights tour, or even on a layover; many packages include a restaurant lunch and a visit to a jade workshop, while a few also include cable car tickets. Some day trips combine the Great Wall at Badaling with nearby attractions, such as the Guyaju Caves or the nearby Badaling Ski Resort. Other additions include Longqing Gorge, which has an ice sculpture festival in winter, or the Ming Tombs, a grand imperial graveyard that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, opt to pair the Great Wall at Badaling with imperial sights in Beijing, such as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace, or the Temple of Heaven.

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Beijing Essential Full-Day Tour including Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square

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Beijing Essential Full-Day Tour including Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
$87.00 per adult
Amazing value for money
So booked this trip as I only had one day to see the best bits of Beijing. Expected a coach and instead there were only two of us in a taxi, perfect! The travel guide was also great, informative but not too intrusive. A perfect excursion and it helped that the weather was marvellous. The great wall was on my bucket list and didnt disappoint!
Jan75jan, Jun 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Beijing

star-5
Excellent tour
CatherineByrneDub, Jan 2020
Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing
We had a lovely day with our guide Cynthia who was very friendly and gave us lots of interesting facts about the ming tombs, the great Wall of China and Chinese culture.
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Good Day Tour
ShashwatiR1, Nov 2019
Beijing Essential Full-Day Tour including Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
The tour was well done. Our Guide was Liu and he was very good. He took a lot of extra steps to ensure a good trip. He also had a lot of knowledge. What we didn’t like is the lunch stop. Food was cold and poor standard. Rest trip was good with some jade store stop where we didn’t buy anything. Neither did others. So the store was very unhappy. It showed on their faces.
star-5
Great Day at Great Wall!
landisharts, Nov 2019
Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing
Very informative and kind guide, nice and polite driver! We arrived early in the morning, so there were not many people, which made very easy to climb the Great Wall! Thanks!
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Wonderful aerial view of the Great Wall
suzanalr2, Oct 2019
1-Day Badaling Great Wall Helicopter Tour with Sacred Way & Bird's Nest
We received a message that our tour was changed to Maotianyu Great Wall instead of Badaling 3 days before the tour. The experience was great, the beautiful aerial view of the Great Wall on cliffs was something it could be expressed in words. The pilot was friendly and gave as many information about the Great Wall.
star-5
A great day!
Josie J, Oct 2019
Beijing Private Tour to Badaling Great Wall and Longqing Gorge with Boat Ride
. Lovely friendly guide with great knowledge. We had a great time and had a great experience. Our guide was so helpful!
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Great Wall and Ming Tombs
haydenwands, Aug 2019
Beijing Private Day Trip to Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tombs
The guide decided that the Badaling Tour was too busy so he took us on the Mutianyu Wall Tour. Our guide was not allowed to take the tour with us at that part of the wall, so were on our own touring the wall. Entrance fees were not included, but the guide did purchase tickets for us while we looked in the museum. Visiting the Great Wall was an awesome experience.
star-4
Worth the trip!
HappyTravelerMar1, Jan 2020
Beijing in One Day: Day Trip from Shanghai by Air - Great Wall & Forbidden City
We had one free day on a group trip to Shanghai. Everyone said it wasn't possible, looking at us dubiously when we shared our plans going back and forth to Beijing. But it was, and a very long day, but very worth it. Picked up at 6:00a, returning after midnight (return flight was delayed). Saw a lot and it was very organized. Favorite part was seeing/walking The Great Wall. Drivers picking us up from Shanghai hotel and Beijing airport were very nice and helpful. Could have used a map/notes outlining airport procedure & terminal location, but we got there just fine. Our guide was a very cheerful, sweet young woman who wanted us to have a good time, but she hustled us right by Tianaman Square without noting it, redirecting our attention toward The Forbidden City (seemed on purpose). If we hadn't individually noticed what we were walking by, we would have missed it (even though it was promised on the itinerary & we wanted to see that part of history). We also spent a lot of time at The Forbidden City, which started looking the same--how many thrones did the Emperor really need! She offered a virtual reality upsell, which we took, that we didn't feel was worth it. It took time and the graphics were pretty unsophisticated. She also talked very quickly with a very strong accent and I had to ask her to slow down/repeat herself several times until I just surrendered, smiling and nodding, missing much of the information. Lunch was tasty and a nice, quick break from all the swift walking, followed by jade store. Beautiful offerings, but prices didn't seem favorable. Then to The Great Wall, which we were most looking forward to but were running out of time. I would have definitely swapped way more time from the Forbidden City to the Great Wall, for sure! It's beautiful and remarkable and worthy of admiration. Note, the bricks are very uneven--some 1-brick height, most 2-brick height & some 3-brick height, where I had to hoist myself up with hand on knee (we're both 5'8"). Also, guide was constantly trying to pose us in "sweetheart" photos, initially appreciated, ultimately distracting from what we were there to experience. Reminder: most restrooms did NOT have toilet paper, so bring your own & toilets are holes in the ground so for those with balance issues, bring your cane. I wondered how older people coped. All in all, we saw a lot, tour front-to-back was very organized and we felt as safe as one can feel in a foreign country without knowing the language.
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Get your walking shoes on....
clarao135, Nov 2019
Beijing Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tomb Small-Group Tour with Lunch
We left Beijing early but to be expected with the traffic, first stop and by the time we arrived, a welcome stop at the Jade factory, I know, I had read the reviews and expected the sales pitch but I was pleasantly surprised by the items on offer (sales items at the back of the shop near the coffee bar!) Hubby's credit card took a bashing here with pandora style beads and family ball, a must apparently as we have the perfect family of 4! lol Then off to the WALL, our guide was a character, bubbly and boy could she walk fast, cable car lift up and an hour to walk the wall, as a hiker, I didn't think this would be enough but with all the little steps up and down an hour was plenty and the over priced beer (roughly 8.50) at the wall was dutifully paid as we were knackered and welcomed the final toboggan down! We went off for local lunch and for a scenic tour back down the mountain, a lot of snoring later, we arrived at the Ming Tombs, interesting but once in a lifetime so it ticked the box and we headed back into the city. The Tea Room, I know another sales pitch and a taste of proper Chinese Tea but they were good and Hubby's credit card took another beating. Oh well.... as I sit at home drinking it now whilst reviewing, was it worth it, yes definitely .... Thank you for a memorable day
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Definitely recommend
Rene U, Nov 2019
Beijing Private Tour to Badaling Great Wall and Longqing Gorge with Boat Ride
Lucy was a fantastic tour guide and her English was excellent (vocabulary and accent) and she was very easy to hear! She was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions thoroughly. She walked the Great wall with us and helped us capture our memories by pointing out the best spots for photos and playing photographer. The gorge was a highlight of this tour, and of our trip, and I highly recommend it. The boat is a nice approximately 30 minute round trip tour around some beautiful mountains. The boat tour was in Chinese, but Lucy was able to describe each of the rock formations (many of which look like animals). We took a walk through the park area and saw some truly breathtaking views. Also, the lunch was excellent. Lucy had paid attention to what we liked and took care to order a lunch that did not disappoint!
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Great Wall and more!
Chico99fb4, Oct 2019
Beijing Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tomb Small-Group Tour with Lunch
This was a great tour for the price. We started at the Ming Tomb which was beautiful (short visit, but that’s really all that’s needed); moved along to the jade factory which was very interesting - and given time to shop there as well before having lunch in the adjacent restaurant (lunch was very good and plentiful); then we visited the Great Wall which was fantastic, but be prepared to hike from tower to tower, it’s more exhausting than it’d seem; after wearing us out at the Wall, we finished with a tea ceremony which was very pleasant. Paul was a great tour guide and gave us a lot of information. The only option I’d prefer to have in the future is a tour with no children... being stuck in a van with screaming kids through traffic is also quite exhausting.
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Visit to Great Wall of China
wanderwhatsnext, Sep 2019
Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing
During our Visit to Great Wall, the guide was very clear and knowledgeable. Our group had all of our questions answered and much more information and invite for the area and the history of China.
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A must-do experience if you are in China
gian1298flights, Aug 2019
Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing
Practical and comfortable to have a private tour (4 people in my case) with a guide very prepared on the topic and always ready to give tips and suggestions. I enjoyed the day very much having the opportunity to see the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs and I believe it is worth the price paid! Lunch is good but the end of the tour too commercial for me.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Easily accessible from Beijing, the Great Wall at Badaling is a good choice for time-pressed travelers.

  • The wall can be bitterly cold in winter. Wear gloves, a warm coat, and a hat that covers your ears.

  • Ramps and elevators make the Great Wall at Badaling the easiest stretch of the wall for travelers who use wheelchairs. Ask your tour operator to phone ahead to ensure elevator access.

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How to Get There

The Great Wall at Badaling is about 42 miles (68 kilometers) north of downtown Beijing. It’s easily reached by the suburban S2 train that runs frequently from Huangtudian station in Beijing; to get there, take metro line 8 or 13 to Huoying. When Beijing North railway station reopens at the end of 2019, the S2 will depart from there instead of Huangtudian. To reach Beijing North, take metro line 2, 4, or 13 to Xizhimen.

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When to Get There

The Great Wall at Badaling is open from early morning until early evening seven days a week, with slightly shorter hours during winter (November through March). The site is always busy, but don’t even think about visiting on weekends or over the major Chinese holidays: Lunar New Year in late winter and Golden Week at the beginning of October.

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How Long Is the Great Wall of China?

Historians date the Great Wall of China to the time of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of a united China, in the third century BC, but some of its fortifications are even older than that. After a 5-year survey at the turn of the 21st century, the Chinese government calculated the length of the Great Wall, including all its different branches and constructions from different eras, at 13,170 miles (21,196 kilometers). That’s more than twice as long as previously thought.

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