Badaling is where the most visited section of the Great Wall of China lies, being just a 1.5 hour drive from Beijing. It is the best preserved section of the Great Wall, and dates back to 1504 AD during the reign of Ming Dynasty Emperor Hong Zhi.

Built as a strategic commanding outpost of the Juyongguan Pass, it functioned to protect Beijing against Mongols of the north. Stretching over 5 miles along the steep mountains of Guangou Valley, it has watch towers and beacon towers at regular intervals that were once used for defence. You can climb the granite steps on foot, or take the cable car to the top. Being the most popular section of the Great Wall, you can expect huge crowds here. Visit the China Great Wall Museum and the Great Wall National Theater nearby for an overview of the history of the wall.

A guided tour is a great way to understand the historical and cultural significance of the Great Wall of China. You can combine your visit with a trip to the Ming Tombs and other attractions nearby.



About Badaling

 Badaling Great Wall Parking Area, Badaling, China

Badaling and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Forbidden City

Forbidden City(60.7 km)
The Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, is the imperial palace of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, a grand-standing symbol of the might and stateliness of their court.

Drum and Bell Towers

Drum and Bell Towers(58 km)
The drum tower was originally built in 1272 and reconstructed at a new location in 1800.

National Library of China

National Library of China(54.4 km)

Summer Palace

Summer Palace(46.7 km)
The Summer Palace lies 20 km northwest of the centre of Beijing, with extensive gardens and romantic ruins of palaces built by Qing emperors.

Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven(63.9 km)
Temple of Heaven, to the south-east of the Tiananmen Square, is the site where the emperor prayed every year for a bountiful harvest and fair weather.

Ritan Park

Ritan Park(62.1 km)
The park contains the Temple of the Sun with an alter built in 1530 and used for sacrifices to the sun.

Dongyue Temple

Dongyue Temple(61.6 km)
Taoist temple founded in 1319 with hundreds of life size plaster figures and the possibility of making offerings to different gods responsible for all kind of stuff.

Beijing Confucius Temple

Beijing Confucius Temple(58.2 km)
The temple was built in 1302 and honors Confucius (551-479 BC) who was one of China's greatest thinkers, still with significant influence on all aspects of daily life.

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