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Badaling Great Wall
Badaling, Beijing
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The Great Wall of China, one of the greatest wonders of the world, was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. Just like a gigantic dragon, it winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 21,196 kilometers from east to west of China.

With a history of about 2,700 years, some of the Great Wall sections are now in ruins or have disappeared. However, the Great Wall of China is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance.

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Chinese Name: 长城/万里长城
Chinese Pinyin: Cháng Chéng/Wàn Lǐ Cháng Chéng
Length: 21,196.18 kilometers
(13,170.70 miles)
Construction Period: 2,500 years from the Spring and Autumn Period (770 – 476 BC)  to 1878 in late Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911)
Having a wonderful Great Wall tour is a must for one’s China trip. Along this super long wall, Beijing ranks the top destination for its proper maintenance of the abundant wall relics of the Ming Dynasty. Badaling and Mutianyu are best sections to see neat and complete walls and beacon towers; while Jinshanling and Simatai offer challenging Great Wall hiking routes with open and wild scenery. Want to discover the charm of the wall with TravelChinaGuide? Let’s get started!
 
 See 10 Insider Tips for Great Wall Travel, including 5 dos and 5 don'ts for making a practical travel plan.
The Wall we see today was mostly built during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). It starts from Hushan in the east to Jiayuguan Pass in the west traversing Liaoning, Hebei, Beijing, Tianjin, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Gansu and Qinghai. Here lists the famous sections for you to know the incredible diversity of scenery along the wall and practical travel tips.

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Excitement abounds regarding the vicissitude of the Wall of the Qin, Han, and Ming Dynasties.

The Great Wall was originally built in the Spring and Autumn, and Warring States Periods as a defensive fortification by the three states: Yan, Zhao and Qin. It went through constant extensions and repairs in later dynasties. It began as independent walls for different states when it was first built, and did not become the "Great" wall until the Qin Dynasty.

Emperor Qin Shi Huang succeeded in his effort to have the walls joined together to fend off the invasions from the Huns in the north. Since then, the Wall has served as a monument of the Chinese nation throughout history.
The mystery of the construction of the wall is amazing. The construction, which drew heavily on the local resources for construction materials, was carried out in-line with the local conditions under the management of contract and responsibility system. A great army of manpower, composed of soldiers, prisoners and local people, built the wall. The construction result demonstrates the wisdom and tenacity of the Chinese people.
Consisting of the wall, beacon towers, and passes, etc, the long-extending Great Wall worked as a complete and solid military defense line in ancient China, protecting the Central Plain from invasions of northern nomadic tribes.
 
Great Wall carries a considerable part of Chinese culture. It has long been incorporated into Chinese mythology and symbolism. The most well-known legend is about the collapse of a section of the Wall caused by Meng Jiangnu, who cried bitterly over the death of her husband after he died while building the wall. This legend has been spread widely through textbooks, folk songs and traditional operas.
Following a 45-day long survey of 101 sections of the Wall in different provinces, the China Great Wall Academy reported on December 12, 2002 that the forces of nature and destruction by mankind are bringing about gradual reduction of extent of the Wall with the result that less than 30% remains in good condition. The Academy has called for greater protection of this important relic.

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- Last modified on Aug. 18, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Great Wall
Asked by Nick Vinales from GIBRALTAR | Aug. 22, 2019 13:55Reply
Do we have time to visit the wall and catch a cruise ship?
We arrive late on 6th October, with 1 night Beijing Capital airport hotel reservation, checking out on 7th October when we have to catch a cruiseship departing from Tianjin port. Can you recommend the best way to visit the Mutianyu Great Wall, departing from the hotel as early as possible and to be able to get to the port by 1530-1600hrs latest to board the ship. It departs at 1800hrs but consideration about leaving or taking our luggage with us on the tour needs to be taken. Would we have time to safely do this and suggestions about the best way
Asked by Cathy from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 18, 2019 09:36Reply
Does Jinshanling Tourist Bus 980 operate on 23 or 24 September 2019?
If yes, what is the timetable and cost for return trip? Thank you.
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Answered by Aiden from UKRAINE | Aug. 18, 2019 23:30
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Yes, as I know, the tourist bus still operates on those days. Don't worry.
Asked by Abirodh from NEPAL | Aug. 03, 2019 08:56Reply
How can i go to Great wall from Dongzhimen?
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Answered by Lila from POLAND | Aug. 08, 2019 18:13
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Well, there are many sections of the Great Wall. Which one do you refer to?
Asked by Sean Cole from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 29, 2019 00:29Reply
Foreign tourist tickets to badaling Great Wall available at entrance after June 1st 2019?
Hi, the new system says that tickets can only be purchased online, but this requires a Chinese mobile number or bank account? How do foreign tourists get around this? Can we purchase tickets at the entrance still?!
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Answered by Lucy from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 30, 2019 23:21
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No, you need to book the tickets in advance. However, the official website booking page only has Chinese version. You need to ask help for Chinese friends and hotel staff. Or you can find the local travel agency to buy the tickets for you.
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