Enemy Watching Tower 敌楼

There are 43 enemy watching towers in Badaling section of Great Wall. They are all quite similar but having some characteristics that are different from one another. Some of enemy watching towers have patrol platforms and some consist of two-level watching dais, of which the upper ones have embrasures and shooting holes, while the lower ones are for storage and dwelling compartments for soldiers.

Beacon Tower for Fighting 墩台

Two beacon towers are established at east and west mountains of the Badaling section of Great Wall. They are quite high, and surrounded by some majestic architecture. Dangerous traps are set up for catching the enemy forces. No stairs are installed but rope suspensions for going up and down the tower.

Wall Platform 城台

It means a platform that is higher than the top of Great Wall. Military and platform styles constructions are built. Wall platform was a place for patrol and sentry by ancient soldiers, as well as a defensive area for armies during wars in old times.

Fighting Castle 战台

The castles are built along Great Wall's main road and places of strategic importance. They often have three stories but the scales are very different. The castles can store weapons, ammunition, divine arrows, iron wands and large amount of stones for throwing off to the invading forces and other essential things for battle. Five centuries ago, soldiers in these fighting castles could command a panoramic view of the mountainous terrain and used fire and bombs to hit their enemies.


Main Attractions

The Stone of Watching Beijing 望京石

Situated at the Eastern Gate of Badaling Barrier and near Outer Juyong Town (居庸外镇). It is a one meter tall and fifteen meters length natural granite. The eye-catching inscription "望京石" (The Stone of Watching Beijing) is clearly seen. 

Badaling SectionTian Xian Inscription 天险留题

The Chinese words, Tian Xian (天险, means "utmost danger") is carved on the side of a flat cliff located near the Eastern Gate. The inscription was written by Yanqing County Officer, Tong En (童恩) in 1835 and the carving was done by Liu Zhenzong (刘振宗).

Music Playing Gorge 弹琴峡

Situated on Five Ghosts' Heads Hill (五鬼头). It is the best scene in Guangou (Barrier Valley).

Stone Buddha Temple 石佛寺

Near the Music Playing Gorge, it was built in the Ming Dynasty. It got its name from the fact that a stone Buddha statue was made inside the temple hall.

Turnoff Town 岔道城

Located outside the Northern Key Gate of Badaling Great Wall, it was built in the Ming Dynasty. For hundreds of years, this town had been quite populous and business was much flourished. Logistics was important for the people living there. A memorial base for the death caused by Japanese armies here during China's eight-year Anti-Japanese War (1937 – 1945) testifies the atrocity done by the invaders.

Great Wall Museum 长城博物馆

Located outside of Badaling's Barrier, its name implies that the Great Wall is the theme here. By using the state of the art exhibition technology of pictures, as well as audio and visual means, it displays all the things about the history, politics, military, economy and culture of one of the greatest miracles in the world. It has nine exhibition halls of a total area of more than 3,000 square meters.

Great Wall Cineorama 长城全周影院

It is the first of its kind on Mainland China today, located just near the Great Wall Museum. The cinema's facilities are state of the art with nine large projection screens altogether and installed with top class surround stereo sound. This cinema hall can accommodate 500 hundred audiences at the same time. "Cineorama" is a kind of 360 degrees viewing cinematic experience. The feature film "The Great Wall" narrates the magnificent story of Shanhaiguan Pass (山海关) situated at easternmost of the wall and goes westwards, about the relics, wars, anecdotes, folk legends and natural scenery, and lastly to Jiayuguan Pass (嘉峪关) in Gansu Province.

Celebrity Memorial Sculptures Park 中华文化名人雕塑纪念园

It is at the southwest of the Badaling section of Great Wall. The cremains, mementos and sculptures of great Chinese writers Bing Xin and her husband, as well as Mao Dun, Ye Shengtao, Xia Yan, Guo Moruo, famous painters Xu Beihong and some other well-known celebrities. 

Badaling SectionTravel Tips

Great Wall is listed in UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage. It is also China's key cultural protection unit and a state's 4A's scenic spot.

The entrance fee is 45 RMB, half fare for student. A return trip of cable car on Badaling requires 60 RMB. The opening time : summer 6:30 – 19:00 Beijing local time and winter 7:00 – 18:00.

How to get there. Badaling section of Great Wall is eighty kilometers away from downtown Beijing. Expressways are linked to there. You just take one hour onboard a tour coach. Bus routes to Badaling are available at the east Qianmenlou (前门楼), History Museum at Tiannamen Square and southeastern corner of Chongwenmen Road. Fare for a return journey is 36 RMB.

There are some other bus routes as far as Badaling:

No. 919 from Deshengmen (德胜门乘919路), it starts in every 15 minutes.
Y1 from Qianmen's (前门) bus route No. 17 station.
Y2 from Eastern Street of Beijing Railway Station, bus route No. 103 station.
Y3 from Dongdaqiao's (东大桥) bus route No. 28 station.
Y4 from Xizhimen (西直门) or Beijing Zoo, and Y4 Branch Route from Apple Garden.
Y5 from the taxi stand of western Qianmen.
Y8 from Andingmen (安定门) and Qianmen.

All buses take about 40 minutes.

 

 

 

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