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Beijing 1-Day Tour: Badaling Great Wall & Sacred Way

Badaling Great Wall
Badaling Great Wall is a must-see of your independent Beijing 1-day tour, and it would be an honor of you to conquer this historical and cultural masterpiece. Badaling is located at Yanqing County, about 36 miles northwest of downtown Beijing. For independent travelers, this section of Great Wall can be easily reached by public transportation. There are two main travel methods, the tourist bus and the train.

If you prefer to travel by bus, bus No. 877 would be a nice option for you. The bus leaves from Deshengmen, which is about 10 minutes' walking from Exit B2 of Jishuitan Subway Station on Beijing subway line 2. This non-stop bus route takes about an hour on the way, and the alighting stop is just near the entrance of Badaling Great Wall. Please notice the last bus departs at 12:30. Alternatively, you can take train S2 at Beijing North Railway Station, which can be reached by taking subway line 2, 4 or 13 to Xizhimen Station. The train duration takes about one hour, and ticket fare costs CNY6 per person. You should buy the tickets early; otherwise you may hardly get a seat.
As restaurants near Badaling Great Wall are very limited and climbing the Great Wall is quite energy-consuming, you are suggested to have a big breakfast before departure and prepare some easy-carry snacks and bottled water with you. Besides, you'd better wear a pair of comfortable shoes as well as sunglasses in summer days. And please notice there is no toilet on the wall.

When passing the entrance gate, you need to decide which direction to take: the northern section or the southern one. Finishing both of them would be quite challenging, so we advise you to choose the northern section to climb, which can offer you a more majestic view with twelve watchtowers. Meanwhile, climbing the Great Wall is physically challenging, and the upward hiking may take about three hours. There are also cable cars and pulleys to make the tour easier, especially for seniors and kids.
Sacred Way
After the visit, you can extend this Beijing independent tour route to the Sacred Way. Take bus No. 879 from Badaling Great Wall to Nanxincun stop in about 50 minutes. Getting off the bus, you will arrive at the entrance of the Sacred Way. First built in 1435, the Sacred Way is the main passage of Ming Tombs complex, which belong to thirteen emperors in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). The passage leads directly to the Changling Mausoleum, with branch ways to other tombs on both sides. Because of the limited time, we suggest you visit the Sacred Way only.

With a length of 1.2 miles (2,000 meters), the Sacred Way itself is an interesting scenic spot. On both sides of the passage tower 24 stone animal statues facing each other, such as horse, unicorn, elephant, camel and lion. There are also 12 human figures standing for the protection of the mausoleums. There you are allowed to take pictures with these vivid statues for your memory.

At the end of this 1-day Beijing independent tour, take bus No. 872 before the last bus departing at 19:00, get off at the terminal Deshengmen, and then take a taxi or bus back to your hotel.
 Recommended Guided Tours: 
    Beijing One-Day Tours from $59 per person

 Other Independent Beijing 1-Day Tours:
    Wandering around Tiananmen Square: day trip to the National Museum, Forbidden City and Jingshan Park
    Royal Cultural Sites: to Yonghe Lamasery, Guozijian Street, Temple of Confucius & Imperial Academy
    Ox Street Mosque & Liulichang: visit Ox Street Mosque, Fayuan Temple, Taoranting Park, Liulichang Cultural Street

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