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GW08: Badaling Great Wall Hiking

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We suggest you have a hearty breakfast at your hotel this morning as you will spend the whole day hiking the great wall which is a huge physical exertion. Lunch is not included. You need to prepare it for yourself the day before. Our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel lobby in the early morning and transfer you to the Great Wall at Badaling. As the most original and best preserved section, Badaling has become one of the must-see places for travelers who first come to China. Hiking the wall is a once in a life time experience and the spectacular view from the wall is overwhelming. Upon arrival, our guide will accompany you to start the hike from the North 1st Watchtower and the tour will be finished after visiting the Great Wall Museum. Finally you will be driven back to your hotel with our private transfer. 

Meals: not included, but our guide will offer some suggestions.

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If you would like to do this hike on your own, kindly refer to the following route. 


Badaling Great Wall Map
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Duration: 3 - 4 hours
Direction: Badaling North 1st Watchtower - North 11th Watchtower - Bear Garden - Great Wall Museum
Difficulty: ★★☆☆☆
Best Time to Visit: April to June; September to October
Highlights: Badaling is the best preserved and a very typical section of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall. Transportation to the attraction is convenient and fast, and the paths on the wall are easy to cover compared with other sections. A hiking trip to this section is suitable for inexperienced hikers, those who have limited time, and travelers who plan a leisurely tour.

Get up early and have a good breakfast before departure. We would recommend that you get to Badaling by bus. You can take the bus no. 877 from Deshengmen Arrow Tower. It takes about one hour, and the bus fare is CNY 12 per person. 
Detailed transportation to Badaling


Bus No. 877 at De Sheng Men Station

Ticket Office

There are 19 watchtowers open to visitors, including seven in the south and 12 in the north. Our hike starts from the North 1st Watchtower. The path to the north towers is gentle but longer than that to the south watchtowers. Going up from the first to the third tower and then on from the third tower, you have to descend first and climb another 100 or so steps to the fourth tower. Continue going up to the fifth watchtower, where you will find many arches. This is a two-floor tower and there are more than 30 arches under the second floor. These arches were used to watch the enemy, now they are windows for hikers to enjoy the majestic wall and beautiful scenery. It takes about one hour to finish the first five towers, and you can have a short rest there.

Badaling Section

The North 8th Watchtower

Continue your hike to the North 6th Watchtower. It is one of the largest on the Great Wall, and you can go to the top from the ladder inside. When you reach the North 8th Watchtower, you are at the highest point of the wall. The tower is 888 meters (2,913 feet) above sea level, and it is the best point to the view the wall and to enjoy sunrise or sunset, thus it is also named Sun Watching Tower. For photographers the tower is an ideal venue to capture the view of the majestic wall snaking along the mountain ranges.

The cable car

The starting point for Badaling hiking

After a photo stop at the eighth tower, you start to go downhill. When reaching the North 10th Watchtower, you will find it is different from the other towers: on the top of the second floor there is a small garret. In ancient times the garret worked as a temporary bedroom for the garrisoned soldiers. Your hike along the wall stops at the North 11th Watchtower. Have a break there and take some photos, then go down the mountain from the path nearby.

The North 8th Watchtower

Badaling Hiking

The Bear Garden is at the exit of the Great Wall scenic area. It is included in the entrance fee to Badaling. Over 300 black and brown bears live there. Visitors can feed them with fruit and vegetables. After your visit walk to the main road and continue to go north for about 1 km (0.6 miles) to the Great Wall Museum. You will see documents, pictures, models, and historic relics relating to the Great Wall and have a better understanding of this great manmade wonder. A surround screen theater is next to the museum, where you can see a 17 minute movie about the Great Wall in Chinese, English, and Japanese. The cost for the movie is CNY 40 per person.

Climbing on the wall

Badaling Section

Return to the city by bus again. The buses back to Beijing City run every few minutes.

The Bear Garden

Great Wall Museum

1. Wear suitable shoes. Take some water, snacks, and fruit with you, as there are no restaurants or shops on the Great Wall. Sunglasses, sun cream, and hats are necessary on sunny days; while gloves, scarves, and caps are useful in winter.
2. Toilets are available at the entrance and the exit of the attraction, so please be prepared before hiking. Remember to take toilet paper with you.
3. The fruit and vegetables provided in the Bear Garden are charged CNY 3 per plate. Do not touch them if you do not want to feed the bears.

Userful Badaling Links:
Photos of Badaling       Dining & Accommodation

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Simatai Exploration: One day hike tour to Simatai and Gubei Water Town
Gubeikou Hiking: One day exploration to the wild Gubeikou
Juyongguan Appreciation: A visit to Juyongguan to appreciate the famous stronghold of the great wall
Jinshanling Hiking: Guided one-day Jinshanling hiking, starting from $99 per person

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Questions & Answers
Asked by Mayur from INDIA | Apr. 20, 2018 09:47Reply
is it possible to cover same day badaling hiking, if i arrive at 1 pm at beijing south station
We 2 adult are planning to arrive beijing south station 12:33 pm by early morning (7am) bullet train from shanghai hongqiao.

Do u think, it is possible to cover badaling hiking great wall with bear garden and great wall museum after arriving at 1pm at beijing south station, as then we have to catch overnight train to shanghai.

How much total time required to cover badaling hiking + bear garden + G W museum...?
Answers (1)
Answered by Eileen | Apr. 23, 2018 02:02

I think it is impossible to cover Badaling with Bear Garden and the Great Wall museum after arriving at 1pm. According to my experience, you will need 20-30 minutes to get out of the train station and another 1.5 hours to transfer to the Great Wall by car. There is no much time left for visiting. If possible, I would suggest you visit the sites the second day as it needs at least half day for these three spots.
Asked by christa from FRANCE | Feb. 25, 2018 03:39Reply
i wonder if it was possible to visit ming tombs and badaling great wall with bus in one day.
take bus 314 to visit sacred way -dingling -and changling ming tombs but with bus to go to the great wall and were would it leave? from dingling or changling?
Answers (1)
Answered by Molly from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 25, 2018 20:07

Oh, both sies are worthy. After visiting Ming Tombs, take bus no. 879 at Dingling to Badaling in 70-80min. Or you can take a taxi instead and it costs CNY120 or so. In this way, you can save some time and see more of the Great Wall.
Asked by Ab from USA | Aug. 12, 2017 23:28Reply
Is it possible to reach Badaling at 5am, see around and be back in Beijing by 9am?
I am in Beijing for 2 days. My days would be spent in meetings for work. But I want to utilize the trip to visit the Great Wall. I wonder if early in the day before office hours or after work at 6pm is an option to visit the wall?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Aug. 14, 2017 19:58

Badaling scenic area opens at around 07:00 and closes at around 18:00, it is no need to get there early in the morning before office hours as there is nothing to see around the site. Moreover, it takes about more than one hour to transfer from the Great Wall back to downtown and it is not safe to drive after dark, so we normally get back from the site at around 16:00 in the afternoon. Thanks for your attention.
Asked by Andy from USA | Jul. 06, 2017 21:01Reply
Beijing South to Badaling
What's the best way to go to Badaling from Beijing South station? I will take the train from Shanghai and will arrive on July 8 at 4 PM. I have 5 adults in my party with 4 big luggages. We will stay at the Great Wall Courtyard Hostel. Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Tess from RUSSIA | Jul. 07, 2017 00:52

Since you will take 4 big luggages with you, you are advised to charter a car when you arrive at South Railway Station. As I know, it may probably cost CNY800-1000 for a round trip. You can take this price for reference.
Asked by MENEF77 | May. 11, 2017 05:29Reply
How to get to Summer Palace from Jade Hotel, Dongcheng District please? Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Larissa from DENMARK | May. 12, 2017 01:40

You are advised to walk east around one kilometers and get to Dengshikou Station. Take metro line 5 to Huixinxijie Nankou Station and metro line 10 to Haidian Huangzhuang Station. Then change to metro line 4 to Beigongmen Station, Exit A. Afterwards, walk west around 400 meters to find the entrance gate.
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