The Great Wall of China

On June 19, 2012, in Adventure Trip, Beijing, Cultural Experience, Great Wall, by Jack Li

When you travel to Beijing, the top tourist sight is easily the Great Wall of China. If you travel to Beijing and do not see the Great Wall, then not only are you missing out on one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but you are also denying yourself the most beautiful view of […]

When you travel to Beijing, the top tourist sight is easily the Great Wall of China. If you travel to Beijing and do not see the Great Wall, then not only are you missing out on one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but you are also denying yourself the most beautiful view of China available. The Great Wall, although a large tourist attraction, has many different portions that people can travel to see. There are areas heavily populated with other tourists, but there are also areas that are more remote where the wall has been left in its original state.

The Great Wall was constructed in the seventh century B.C. by feudal warlords in order to defend the Chinese Empire from Mongolian and Manchu enemies to the north. During the early construction of the Great Wall, it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives due to the building conditions being so dangerous. It is also said that the early parts of the wall were built from materials that could be found in the local areas due to rock and stone being too difficult to transport across the country. Several dynasties later, the wall was constructed from bricks. The Great Wall is fragmented and due to that, there are areas that are preserved really well and areas that are a little more worn.

When I traveled to the Great Wall, I went to the Badaling Remnant of the Great Wall. It serves as the Western gate of the whole fortification system. This area of the wall has been preserved as it was when it was originally constructed. There are fractions of the wall that are whole and easy to navigate, but there were also areas I climbed that were broken and deteriorated, which were a lot more difficult to climb. The broken portions we climbed are representative of the history that this portion of the wall endured. There was an attack in this area in about 1644 where LiZicheng who was extremely resentful of the corrupt regime of the day, led his troops from this area of the wall in a rebellion to successfully overthrow the Ming Dynasty. However, despite the wall not being renovated and difficult to climb, the resulting view was well worth it! The view from the top of the tower that we reached was breathtaking. I have never seen such a view in my life. This portion of the wall, still in its original form, takes you back in history to its construction two thousand years ago.

To travel to Beijing and not visit the Great Wall would be a disgrace! It was one of my most memorable experiences since arriving in Beijing. I definitely recommend traveling to the Badaling Remnant Great Wall for it is in its original state, which is not something that a lot of the other sections of the Great Wall can offer. However, if this is the section you decide to visit, I recommend bringing your own water and snacks because once you arrive, there are not places to buy these things. There is a shack that sells souvenirs, snacks, and water, but it closes in the early afternoon. The Great Wall certainly lives up to its reputation and I would definitely recommend taking a day to appreciate its beauty! 

Badaling Great Wall Travel Tips

On July 11, 2011, in Beijing, Great Wall, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Located in Yanqing County,the Badaling Great Wall is 60 miles away from downtown Beijing. The Badaling Great Wall is the main part of the Great Wall which is a magnificent defense project. The Badaling Great Wall was the first part of the Great Wall to open to tourists and was built in the Ming Dynasty(1368-1644). […]

Located in Yanqing County,the Badaling Great Wall is 60 miles away from downtown Beijing. The Badaling Great Wall is the main part of the Great Wall which is a magnificent defense project. The Badaling Great Wall was the first part of the Great Wall to open to tourists and was built in the Ming Dynasty(1368-1644). It is the main spot of the Badaling scenic zone which also includes modern facilities like the Badaling Restaurant and China Great Wall Museum. Badaling scenic zone is well-known for its splendid views, modern facilities and plentiful cultural history.

Best Time to Visit Badaling Great Wall

Spring and autumn in Beijing are perfect seasons to travel. It is neither too cold nor too hot. In autumn, there are clear skies, crisp air and colorful leaves making Beijing the Golden city. The north edge of the Great Plain of China is surrounded by the hills on one side and waters on the other which creates a typical semi-humid continental climate for Beijing with four distinct seasons. The annual average temperature is 11.8℃with the coldest being -4.6℃ in January and the hottest being 26.1℃ in July. Springs and autumns in Beijing are quite short while winters are relatively long. The average amount of precipitation is 644 mm, with 180 frostless days. Heating systems in Beijing are quite good, so it’s warm indoor in winters. However it’s rather cold outside, and tourists have to wear sweaters and thick coats. Weather forecasts are broadcasted in newspapers, radios and on TV. You can also check the weather by calling 859 which provides Chinese and English weather reports for the day and the next day. Most people go to Beijing to visit historical cites which are not affected by weather. If you arrive in winter, you will get off-season rates in hotels and travel agencies which can save you plenty of money.

Badaling Great Wall Best Routes

Badaling Great Wall Tickets

Ticket Price:

Adult: 45 yuan

Kid: 20 yuan

In season: 45 yuan, Out of season: 40 yuan,

With a student’s ID and an old person ID: half the price

Kid under 1.2: free

Great Wall Stamps and Postcards: 45 yuan, with a student’s ID: 25 yuan

Cable Car: 60 yuan return

Badaling Great Wall Open Time

Open time: 6:30-19:00

Summer: 6:30-19:00

Winter: 7:00-18:00

How to get to Badaling Great Wall 

By Bus

Travel Line Bus: one hour to get there.

Depart each morning from the following stops: East side of Qianmen Building, in front of the gate of Historical Museum in Tian anmen Square, Southeast corner of Chongwenmen junction. Price: 36 yuan return.

Tour Bus: Line 1 at Qianmen stop (Bus No.17 stop), Line 2 at East Street of Beijing Railway Station, Line 2 Branch at west gate of Historical Museum, Line 3 at Dongda Bridge (No.28 Bus stop), Line 4 at Xizhimen and Beijing Zoo, Line 4 Branch at Apple Garden, Line 5 at Qianmen Taxi stop, Line 8 at Andingmen and Qianmen

Trip Time: 40 mins

The cheapest way: take subway or bus to arrive at Dashengmen and take bus No. 919 to Badaling Great Wall. Ordinary Bus: 8 yuan per person. Air-conditioned Bus: 12 yuan per person. At five minute intervals.  Bus Card:60% off the normal price.

By Subway

S2 :get on at Beijing North Railway Station and get off at Badaling stop.

Butment

On July 11, 2011, in Beijing, Great Wall, Towers, Pagodas & Grottoes, by Jack Li

The butment is also called the beacon tower. There are two butments in East and West Mountains alongside the Badaling Great Wall. A butment is seventeen meters high with a small city around it. The city is five meters high with tall buildings above and drawbridges underneath. There are cages in the hall storing ice […]

The butment is also called the beacon tower. There are two butments in East and West Mountains alongside the Badaling Great Wall. A butment is seventeen meters high with a small city around it. The city is five meters high with tall buildings above and drawbridges underneath. There are cages in the hall storing ice in winter and water in summer. There are no stairs. Each butment was guarded by two cannons and ten soldiers.

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Chadao City

On July 11, 2011, in Ancient Houses & Courtyards, Beijing, Great Wall, by Jack Li

Chadao City is near the Badaling Railway Station. This magnificent and solid castle, served as the headquarter of Guan City. The book ‘Junyong Recork’ mentions that Badaling is the highlight of Juyong Guan, while Chadao City is the fence of Badaling. When it was built, the city had three administrators and eight hundred soldiers. They […]

Chadao City is near the Badaling Railway Station. This magnificent and solid castle, served as the headquarter of Guan City. The book ‘Junyong Recork’ mentions that Badaling is the highlight of Juyong Guan, while Chadao City is the fence of Badaling. When it was built, the city had three administrators and eight hundred soldiers. They played an important role in military defense of the Badaling Great Wall.

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Wangjing Stone

On July 11, 2011, in Great Wall, Historical Relics, by Jack Li

Wangjing Stone is on the south road outside the east gate of Guan City on the Badaling Great Wall. It is one of the 72 scenic spots in Guangou Ditch. It is said in a Chinese fairy tale that a Queen Mother took fairies to travel around and arrived here. They rested on the stone […]

Wangjing Stone is on the south road outside the east gate of Guan City on the Badaling Great Wall. It is one of the 72 scenic spots in Guangou Ditch. It is said in a Chinese fairy tale that a Queen Mother took fairies to travel around and arrived here. They rested on the stone and saw the capital far way in the distance. That’s why the stone was called Wangjing Stone, because the capital could be seen from the stone.

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Badaling Great Wall (Badaling Changcheng)

On July 6, 2011, in Beijing, Great Wall, Historical Relics, Must-sees, by Jack Li

As a World Cultural Heritage site, the Badaling Great Wall is a top National scenic spot. It is the most important historical and protected site, as well as being the most attractive landscape and scenery. It is No.1 out of 40 best tourist attractions in China and a nationally protected spot for tourism. Located in […]

As a World Cultural Heritage site, the Badaling Great Wall is a top National scenic spot. It is the most important historical and protected site, as well as being the most attractive landscape and scenery. It is No.1 out of 40 best tourist attractions in China and a nationally protected spot for tourism. Located in Yanjing County and being 60 miles away from downtown Beijing, the Badaling Great Wall can be reached along the Badaling Expressway. The Badaling Great Wall is the essence of the Great Wall and an excellent example of the Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty.

The Gate City of the Badaling Great Wall was established in Hongzhi 18th year (1505) in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).  Its East Gate was rebuilt on Jiaqing 18th year (1539 AD) in the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912). Emperor Jiaqing set up military camps named Chadaocheng, one and a half kilometers to the northwest of the Badaling Great Wall, where they constructed massive forces to defend the wall. The West Gate of Gate City in Badaling Great Wall was rebuilt on Wanli 10th year (1582).  It took over 80 years to build the Badaling Great Wall into a heavily guarded defense system with a war flaming warning. On the Great Wall, there are cities, gates, rockmounds  and  bastions which connect together. It is depicted in an ancient Chinese book ‘Chang An Ke Hua’ which keeps track of local history and geography conditions, that roads are extending in so many directions that it is named Badaling, which is at peak of Guanshan Mountain.

The Badaling Great Wall is the portal of Beijing. There is a 20-kilometre long valley named Guangou Ditch in the midst of Badaling and Nankou. The Badaling locates at the highest part of the north of Guangou. Gazing on the Badaling Great Wall, it looks like a great cavorting dragon, surmounting lofty mountains. If you walk into the Guangou Ditch between two mountains, it’s extremely steep. The ancient Chinese says that “ looking down to see Juyongguan Pass from Badaling, it is like looking down a well” and “ the risk of Juyongguan Pass is not at the Gate City, but at the Badaling”. The Badaling Great Wall is of a great significance to the militarists since ancient times. Since the Qing Dynasty ( 1636—1912), the Badaling Great Wall has increasingly broken, with wrecked walls and buildings. It has been restored many times since the founding of the P.R.China in 1949.

The Badaling Great Wall experienced many major historical events. The first Emperor of Qin crossed the Jieshi Mountain, passed the Badaling via Datong, and reached Xianyang. The Empress Xiao in Liao Dynasty (906~1125) inspected along the Great Wall. The Emperor Tai-tsu in Yuan Dynasty (1206-1370) entered the central plains through the Badaling. The Emperors of Qing Dynasty (1636-1912) led their soldiers in a military operation across the Great Wall. Crossing the Great Wall was their only way to reach the central areas. Chinaman Mao said ‘he who has never been to the Great Wall is not a true man’, which encouraged people to visit the Great Wall and give the site significant meaning of life. Since it opened to tourists in 1952, the Badaling Great wall has received 130 millions visitors from home and abroad. Poets and authors wrote lots of poems and essays about the Badaling. Varieties of books, calligraphies, paintings and other articles were written about the customs, the politics and wars. These are precious parts of Chinese cultural heritage. Today the magnificent Badaling Great Wall is not only an important tourist attraction, but also it creates a bond between Chinese people and people from all over the world. It also is a historical treasure that China leaves for mankind.

Badaling Great Wall Attractions

Wangjing Stone

Chadao City

Ancient Cannons

Guan City

Butment

Badaling Great Wall Story

1、     the Beacon Tower

Dating back to West Zhou Dynasty (1046BC-771BC), Chinese people began to use beacon fire to transmit messages during wars. Stretching from the boundary to the capital beacon towers were built at regular intervals along the wall and had firewood inside. If enemies were invading the capital, beacon fires were light one by one to inform all the dukes to help.
Beacon towers were used for emergencies. An ancient historical book ‘Zhouli’ mentions that, beacon towers were built at regular intervals from the boundary to the central areas with firewood inside cages. When enemies were invading, fireworks were burnt to alarm the dukes. On the emperor’s order the capital beacon fires were lit, and warned all the dukes to lead their troops to the rescue.

 2、 Beacon Fire fooled the dukes

Emperor You of Zhou was the last emperor of the West Zhou Dynasty (1046BC-771BC). Baosi was his lovable concubine who did not like to smile.
One day Emperor You told Baosi about the beacon tower which can transmit the alarm to sub kingdoms in case of war and dukes of each kingdom would send troops to help.
Baosi didn’t believe it. So Emperor You gave the order to light the beacon fire. Dukes of different kingdoms saw the fire and led their troops to the capital immediately. They didn’t see any enemy but only Emperor You and his lovable concubine who were drinking. They knew they had been fooled. Baosi saw that the powerful dukes were so embarrassed. She couldn’t help but smile a little. Emperor You was surprised to see her smile. He ordered the soldier to set the fire several times and made the dukes lead their troops back and forth. Gradually they didn’t believe that the fire was an alarm and didn’t come at all.
Before long, the capital was attacked by Duke Shen. Emperor You gave the order to light the beacon fire but no dukes believed it. No troops came and helped. The capital was seized by the enemy in no time and Emperor You was killed.

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Special Information on China

On September 25, 2010, in Cultural Experience, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Most foreign visitors, usually, they know very little about China. However, for China Tours, you had better know more detail information and make sure you can plan your trips perfectly. The most convenient way to get information is from the Internet, for example, if you want to know more detail about China, you can go […]

Most foreign visitors, usually, they know very little about China. However, for China Tours, you had better know more detail information and make sure you can plan your trips perfectly. The most convenient way to get information is from the Internet, for example, if you want to know more detail about China, you can go to the website related to china travel.

In the following passage, I will introduce you something special about travels in China.

China is located in Asia, and it belongs to the East Asia area. Around China, there are other countries, for example, to the east, there are Korea, Japan; to the north, it closes to Russia; to the south, India, Vietnam and some other countries are its neighbors. China faces the East Sea, South Sea, and many other seas area. The outline of China looks like a rooster, in Chinese conceptions, it means that China are welcoming the new era and will have bright future, with the lead of our country and the efforts of its people.

The Great China has a long history, with five thousand years. On this ancient land, people with great diligence, bravery and wisdom, have developed the whole land together, and created the unified multi-ethnic country, and the long and wonderful Chinese history. Chinese history is about the process of how China coming into being, development and success.

Modes of transportation

Nowadays, China has a fast and steady development in many areas, such as Education, Culture, Technology, and Economics, and so on. As a result, it is unnecessary to worry about the transportation. In Beijing, there are many buses which can go anywhere you want to; the subways, which are very fast and convenient; the taxies, and most of the taxies drivers can communicate with foreign visitors in English. Also you can call at 96163 to enjoy your taxi service.

Tourist attractions

One of the most famous attractions is the Great Wall; it was used to defend the homeland of ancient China from the attack of other nations. The Great Wall was built firstly in Qin Dynasty, the well-known emperor Qinshihuang(秦始皇) led the whole construction and it took few decades to complete the project. In the ancient times, there were no electric machines, so the only tools are manual labors. Obviously, it was very difficult for the manual labors to work efficiently, however, the perseverance made the great piece.

 The Great Wall is almost ten thousands miles, and the most famous are Badaling Great Wall, Simatai Great Wall and so on. Badaling Great Wall is located in Yanqing District in the north of Beijing. Usually, you can take the bus and travel with team so that the cost will be reasonable. There is a famous Chinese saying goes: you are not a real hero unless you get onto the Great Wall. However, it is very difficult for most tourists to get onto the Great Wall on foot; in most cases, they travel in the cable cars and can have an overlook of the views.

Cuisines 

In China, one thing you cannot miss is the delicacies. For the fact that China covers a large territory and has many nationalities, there has a variety of Chinese food with different but fantastic and mouthwatering flavor. Generally, Chinese food can be roughly divided into eight regional cuisines that are famous, such as Beijing Cuisine and Shanghai Cuisine. The eight cuisines are Beijing Cuisine, Shandong Cuisine, Sichuan Cuisine, Guangdong Cuisine, Fujian Cuisine, Zhejiang Cuisine, Hunan Cuisine, Anhui Cuisine.

Hotels

Travel in China, you definitely need to learn some information about hotels. When you travel to certain destination, take Beijing for example, you can go to the website of Beijing Hotels to look for some discount hotels.

Finally, Good Luck for your trips in China.

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Odyssey Trip for discover Beijing’s Suburban

A travel to Beijing is not only for Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and Summer Palace, you can have a very great experience on discover the risky places for an odyssey trip in Beijing. Ye Chang Cheng, which is an originally part of the Great Wall, but it was abandoned after the war in ancient […]

A travel to Beijing is not only for Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and Summer Palace, you can have a very great experience on discover the risky places for an odyssey trip in Beijing.

Ye Chang Cheng, which is an originally part of the Great Wall, but it was abandoned after the war in ancient China. Simatai Great Wall is 5.4 km long with 35 beacon towers. This section of the Great Wall incorporated the different characteristics of each section of the Great Wall. A specialist on the Great Wall, Professor Luo Zhewen, has said “The Great Wall is the best of the Chinese buildings, and Simatai is the best of the Great Wall.” UNESCO has designated Simatai Great Wall as one of the World Cultural Heritage sites.

Hanging precariously onto the Yanshan Mountain, Simatai Great Wall is known for its steepness. Simatai Great Wall is separated by a valley into eastern and western parts. The western part appears gentle with 20 well-preserved watchtowers dotting along the wall. The eastern part is much steeper, following more rugged terrain that includes cliff edges and kilometre-high peaks. The 15 watchtowers are relatively closely spaced and provide spectacular views. Main attractions in the eastern part include Watching Beijing Tower, Fairy Tower, Heavenly Ladder and Sky Bridge, though they are currently closed to the public for safety reasons.

Long Qing Xia is a canyon outside of Beijing, about 50 miles north of the city. At the entrance to Long Qing is a village named Gu Cheng Cun. That was the empress’ garden during the Ming dynasty. At Long Qing Xia there is a dam built in 1973 that provides Beijing with water. South of the Long Qing Xia is the Great Wall (Badaling), to the north is a national park and to the west the mountains Haitou.

Long Qing Xia is fairly well positioned there in the middle. Long means dragon and Qing means honor or celebrate, Xia means gorge. The legend says that dragons go there to celebrate because of the natural beauty of Long Qing Xia. The water in the river is very clear, and it is perhaps one of the reasons why so many want to go there, given that the environment in Beijing is so bad. Long Qing Xia is a good place to go in the summer if you want to escape the heat in the city for a while. Long Qing Xia is on higher altitude so it is usually cooler, averaging 7 degrees lower than in the city. Even in the winter, it is nice there. They build a lot of ice sculptures that looks very nice with a lot of different colors. Another special thing with Long Qing Xia is that there is a long cave of the same style that is otherwise only found in southern China. 4 miles have opened to visitors now, but there’ll be more in the future.

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My Hometown-Beijing Yanqing

On August 4, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Tours, by Jack Li

Yanqing is a subdivision of the municipality of Beijing located northwest of the city proper of Beijing. The county consists of 11 towns and 4 rural townships. It lies 74 kilometers northwest of central Beijing. It is west of Huairou District and north of Changping District. Outside its western and northern borders lies Hebei Province. […]

Yanqing is a subdivision of the municipality of Beijing located northwest of the city proper of Beijing. The county consists of 11 towns and 4 rural townships. It lies 74 kilometers northwest of central Beijing. It is west of Huairou District and north of Changping District. Outside its western and northern borders lies Hebei Province. It is 2,000 square kilometers in area. Nearly three-quarters of Yanqing is mountainous, with Mt Haituo (elevation 2,241 m. a. s. l.) its highest peak and the second highest mountain in Beijing.

Beautiful travel sites in Yanqing

Badaling Great Wall

Longqingxia Ravine

Kangxi Grassland

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