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Great Wall of China Trip 2023 - Tips From A Local Chinese (Transport, Routes, Do's and Don'ts)

Updated: Oct 7, 2023

Badaling Great Wall, one of China's most renowned historical wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located just outside Beijing, this section of the Great Wall is not only well-preserved but also easily accessible, making it a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike. With its strategic location and breathtaking views, Badaling has been a symbol of China's rich history and architectural prowess for centuries.

As a local Chinese, I am excited to share my insights and tips with you about exploring the majestic Badaling Great Wall. In this blog, I'll be covering essential information, transport options, recommended routes, and do's and don'ts to ensure you make the most of your visit.

How to get to the Badaling Great Wall of China:

First, We took the tube (Line 13) from Beijing city center to Qinghe train station (清河火车站) (see the latest Beijing Rail Transit Lines map below).

Beijing Rail Transit Lines
Qinghe Station, Beijing Rail Transit Lines

Then, we took a direct train from Qinghe train station to Badaling Changcheng station (八达岭长城) (it takes 20 minutes).


1. It is Badaling Changcheng station (八达岭长城), not Badaling station (八达岭).

2. You need to buy return tickets in advance.

How to get to the Badaling great wall of china from Beijing


Different climbing route and off-peak path:

The BaDaLing Great Wall is divided into the South Tower and the North Tower.

The South Tower, has less visitors and is relatively easier to climb. The North Tower, especially Beiba Station (the North Eighth Station 北八), located at the highest point, is more challenging to climb but attracts more people.

The choice depends on individual preferences (of course, you can also visit both if you have the energy). If you're mainly interested in taking photos, the South Tower is less crowded and offers better photo opportunities, and you'll also find the Hero's Tablet at Nansi (the South Forth Station 南四). The North Tower is suitable for those who want to reach the summit, and if you prefer not to climb the stairs, you can choose to take the cable car.

The North Tower of the Badaling Great Wall, from Beiyi(北一) to Beiba(北八), can be incredibly crowded. Beiba, being the the most popular tourist spot, tends to attract a large number of visitors. To be honest, I didn't really enjoy this part of the journey because it was just so crowded.

However, after Beiba, we decided to continue walking, after Beiba is off-peak path. And we noticed a significant decrease in the number of people. It felt like a breath of fresh air. We made it to the final point, Beishierlou (North Twelfth Tower 北十二楼).

This section of the wall was incredibly beautiful and steep, and we took many photos along the way.

Do’s and Don’ts

Before heading to the Great Wall, remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring water to stay hydrated.

It's also a good idea to bring your own tissue paper since it's available in the toilets, and the prices at the shops up there can be quite high.

Just a few things to keep in mind:

Drones are not allowed on the Great Wall, so leave them behind.

Also, avoid bringing sunscreen sprays, instead of that, use sun cream, as they may not be permitted due to certain restrictions at the security check.

Lastly, better not purchase items from the shops along the street, as the prices there tend to be unclear.


Embarking on a self-guided trip to Badaling Great Wall is not just an adventure through history, but also an opportunity to experience the remarkable beauty and resilience of this iconic landmark. Happy travels and have a great time exploring this magnificent wonder!

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