On the greatest Chinese wall –
– What to watch, tickets, photos and videos
In this article we will tell you what you can look at the greatest Chinese wall. This text is written on the basis of the impressions of the browsers of our site, who visited the site of the wall Badalin North of the city of Beijing.
We understand that many of the readers want to see the photo and make up their opinion. We appreciate your time and immediately give links to gallery photos. See: Gallery Photo 1, Gallery Photo 2, Gallery Photo 3.
So, you got to the greatest Chinese wall. You have a goal, and no matter how – they got to Badalin independently or ordered a tour in Beijing. By the way, in a separate article, we considered all the advantages and disadvantages of each method, read the page: "WORK WALL – ALL VS Excursion".
You should not immediately flee to the cashier and buy a ticket, because there is a lot of interesting on the approach to the wall. On the square on the approach to the wall there are several interesting statues and sculptural compositions. We will talk about them in detail.
The first statue on which everyone pays attention to, depicts a formidable Chinese on horseback. Unfortunately, someone is not signed, even Chinese characters no inscriptions. Many tourists are photographed against the background of the sculpture of this person, but few people know who it is.
We will tell. These are Ki Dzhiguan – a very famous folk hero and general times of the Ming Dynasty. He was born in 1528 and died in 1588.
The first important act was the victory over Japanese pirates. When we talk about pirates, we present a small team on the ship that swims around the seas and robs of merchants.
The Japanese pirates of the 16th century were a few other phenomenon, these were organized gangs to several thousand people who not only robbed ships, but also captured entire provinces. The situation with Japanese pirates in 1553 in China was terrible, they captured the provinces on the coast and fully controlled the sea. Ki Dzhiguan broke them on land, built a fleet and broke the pirates on the sea.
It was not a small special operation, but a real big war. Then China threw all his strength to fight pirates, and even the monks Shao Line participated in the battles and almost all died.
Its important achievement is the reconstruction of the Great Wall of China and the protection of China from the threat of Mongols and other nomads in the north. Raids of nomads represented a very serious threat, and the wall was rather a little hindrance than a serious obstacle.
The Great Wall of China, which you see now is the fruit of its efforts. He strengthened the wall in the Beijing area, made her completely stone, built a guard towers and organized garrisons. Naturally, the biggest statue on the approach to the wall of the wall Badalin is dedicated to him.
As you know, the gunpowder was invented in China for a long time. For a long time he did not have military use, but was used in entertainment purposes. Firearms and artillery were also the first to invented the Chinese, and the guns were actively used in the protection of important sections of the Great Wall.
Copies of ancient tools that were used in the defense of the walls are now exhibited on the square in front of the entrance to the wall of Badalin. The guns can be touched, you can be photographed with them, visitors climb on them for good photos. Do not hesitate, the main thing is not attempting to carry them.
The Great Wall is in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Near the wall hangs the corresponding plate, although it is difficult to call this word, it is more than two meters in height.
None of the tourists noticed her, it seemed that we were the only ones who generally noticed her existence.
In addition to this sign, there are several clothing stores, several cafes and souvenir shops. Prices are very high everywhere, but a standard assortment, such Chinese souvenirs can be bought in Beijing 3-4 times cheaper. We recommend buying something here only in case of acute necessity.
In the cafe, the portion of rice with vegetables (without meat) costs 30 Chinese yuan, which is twice as expensive than in Beijing. Cap can cost more than 100 yuan, which is expensive even for Moscow. On the excursion to the Great Wall of China, we recommend taking water and food for snacking with you. Also remember that the plots of Badalin and Mutyanyu are located in the mountains, and there is a constant strong wind blowing. In the summer months there is warm, but the rest of the time, insult and take a cap with you. In our galleries, you will see many tourists who did not follow this advice, and they are not at all happy. We also recommend reading our useful article "What to take with you to China," where we talked about several subjects that tourists will need.
On the approach to the wall there are some more statues and the inscriptions about the history of China, on which we will not stop. You can see them in the galleries photo.
Also this area can be viewed in our video gallery on this link. The gallery contains video not only from the square, but also from the wall itself.
Before getting to the great Chinese wall itself, you need to buy a ticket. We have not noticed large queues at the box office, although I came to Badalin on Saturday. You can look in the photo below. Lack of queues is not surprising, because most tourists come here in the composition of organized groups, they do not need a ticket. Independent tourists can buy a ticket more from a train to Badalin.
The ticket costs 45 yuan, it is made in the form of a postcard, which you can send home (in the photo below). We cannot say whether there is a number of mail, logically should be, but we did not find. Tickets are sold only at the box office, no dealers, they are followed by guardsmen who are on duty and on the square, and on the wall itself.
In this ticket there is one extremely curious feature. Pay attention to two rows of numbers downstairs and under them a strip that can be erased, usually erased by a coin. Looks like a lottery ticket, is not true? This is a lottery ticket, and most tickets or checks in China are also part-time, and lottery tickets. We talked in detail about it in the article "Tips in China and Lottery Chekov".
We have many familiar Chinese, they all won a maximum of 10 yuan, which can be put on a mobile phone account. You can erase the inscription, maybe you are lucky.
As soon as you go through security control, you will need to decide where to go first – to the right or left.
The wall of the wall in Badalin is open for tourists on a length of 1,700 meters – 1000 meters to the right and 700 meters left. If you hoped for many hours of walking on the wall, then we will have to disappoint you. Although, there is a way to stroll along the wall for a very long time, there is a special excursion during which you will have to go through the wall of 5.5 kilometers, we wrote about it in the article on tours in Beijing.
On the wall, tourists walk, inspect this grand construction and look at the amazing views of the mountains, some of which fascinate (in the photo below).
Magnificent views are opening with those places where a serious height difference is felt. The entrance to the wall is at the lowest point. Wherever you go, you will climb upstairs, and sometimes the angle of inclination of the wall is up to 45 degrees. Start forces for a hike.
Steps are far from everywhere. We recommend walking only in dry weather, in the raw weather the wall in this place may well turn into a racing track. Along the complex sites there are handrails, which makes lifestyle slightly, and makes safer descents.
Photo on the left visually shows this rise. The main thing is not hurry and be careful when lifting. The wall of the wall is not so long, and in any case, you will have time to go through in both directions to the end, even if you wish anywhere. In the course of an organized excursion to the inspection give 2 hours, and when you have a trip, you are not limited at all.
On the wall often blows a strong wind, because we are in the mountainous area. We advise the best way at least for a while to hide from the wind – to hide in the watchtow.
If you get very hard, then think about the soldiers who duty here for all day and nights, looking out for the enemy. Soldiers are on duty and now, but the Chinese Guardsmen are guarded by the wall itself.
Here is the end of the wall, or rather, the gap (in the photo below). As you understand, here for tourists the route ends. Of course, our article does not end here, read the continuation after the photo below.
At the end of the Badalin plot on both sides there are high-speed descents down. For an additional fee you can ride on this attraction. We can not tell about it, because they themselves did not go down. Persons near tourists after the descent were exclusively fun, from which it can be concluded that this attraction is interesting.
Disgusting on the wall is a huge number of inscriptions that unfair tourists make on the stones. The security service takes all sharp items, guardsmen are constantly on the wall, and the inscriptions still appear new and new.
Most of the inscriptions are made by Chinese hieroglyphs, but also a few words in Russian we found.
We appeal to IRA. Dear Ira! Do not karyabat more inscriptions on the Great Wall Wall.
Walking in both sides and watching all the towers, you can go back to the middle and go to the way out. There is nothing more to look on the wall. There are still basement, but they are all closed to the public.
If you still have been hungry to impressions and attractions, that is, another place where you can go. This is a memorial and a museum in Tianwa.
Zan Tianwa was the founder of railways in China, and he personally led the construction of one of the first railway tunnels. This tunnel was a breakthrough here – in Badalina. It can now be seen in our gallery there are photos.
Once again, we give links to our photo galleries, there is a lot of interesting moments. Gallery Photo with a Great Wall: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
We wish you successful trips to the sights of China, and read our articles about this country (Links below).