The Great Wall at Badaling and Ming Tombs
The Great Wall at Badaling
and Ming Tombs
The Badaling section of the Great Wall is one of the best-preserved among all the other parts.
Steep paths leading up and down the wall offer spectacular views over vast China.
Combined with visiting the Ming Tombs, an unforgettable day awaits.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Stretching thousands of kilometres through Central China, The Great Wall of China’s defensive function from the many invasions coming from the north. This feat of construction has shown the ingenuity of the former Emperors of passed dynasties to protect its people and its efforts to contain what still is visible for tourists and visitors up until today.
Many parts remain inaccessible, but these well-preserved sections of the wall are made accessible for visitors from across the world. This is what has kept the Great Wall such a sight beyond words. The part at Badaling is one of these fortifications that still stands proudly and bears the stamp as a key national cultural relic.
08:00 - 18:00
We depart in the early morning for 70-kilometre ride northwest of the Chinese capital; en route, your guide will tell you the finer details of this part of the Great Wall. Its location and preservation efforts have made the Badaling part as one of the most representative parts of this national heritage and one of the Wonders of the World since 2007. Built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), this section with an average altitude of over 1,000 meters (3,282 feet) is the outpost of the Juyongguan Pass. The mountain slope is very steep, and the roads are tortuous. These features made it a military stronghold as the wall construction is compared with a strong dragon winding its way along with the mountain ranges.
When descending from these fortified walls and towers, we head to a local restaurant for a simple, yet delicious lunch before we move on. We head back in the direction of Beijing but will make an interesting stop at the much-revered Ming Tombs. Situated around 50 kilometres northwest of Beijing at the foot of the Tianshou Mountains, this is the final resting place of 13 of the 16 Ming Dynasty emperors. The grandeur of these tombs is a one-of-a-kind reminder of the importance during these times, and its detailed work that once decorated the tombs. Only two tombs out of the 13 remain open for visitors. A particular part of the Ming Tombs is the Sacred Way: this path runs for about a kilometre and is flanked on both sides by carvings of human and animal figures and dates back to the 10th year of the right of Emperor Xuan De.
It is time to head back to Beijing and your hotel. Depending on traffic conditions, replacing dynasty magnificence for the hustle and bustle of the Chinese capital is expected to pop up on the horizon at approximately 6 pm.