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Amazing Half-day Hiking to Badaling Great Wall

This is my first visit to Beijing! I have long wanted to travel to China but it never worked out, so this time I really made it to Beijing – the capital city of China. You have no idea how excited I was when I saw the city for the first time! I could not believe my own eyes – what an amazing city it is! After settling down in my hotel and having a great dinner, I joined a half day tour to Badaling with our tour guide Chen. It was really fun and a blood-pumping experience while we were hiking all the way up the Great Wall! Never did something like that before, felt like I was going to faint from time to time. The trekking on the wall was much of a challenge for me, after an hour of hiking, I got tired and all, but I got to say, it was all worth it! I really had a wonderful time and a lot of fun with my fellow travelers!

Badaling Great Wall

We were told to set out early just to beat the crazy crowds and it took us about an hour to get to the foot of the hill where the Great Wall is built upon. Looking from afar, the snaking wall meanders along the rugged ranges – really marvelous and spectacular! And it was even more amazing when I stood on the wall myself and looked around at the sweeping view of the surroundings extending as far as my eyes could see! We were all competing with each other, busy with finding great spots to snap amazing photos and enjoying the breathtaking views and the like. More amazing was that Chen kept filling us with the interesting history and legend about the Great Wall. It was really fun and exciting while listening to him to show us the behind-story about the engineering feat!

Along the way we took some rest by the watch towers and talked with each other. It was kind of surprising to find out that some of the fellows came from USA too. We kind of hit it off immediately, talking about our visit to China and sharing our stories with each other! Time went by! It was time for us to get down the wall before we knew it! We all did not want to leave so soon, but it was time, so we got down the wall riding a toboggan – it was really a fun ride! We all had a fantastic time with this hiking to Badaling! Loved it!

What should be taken for Badaling Great Wall Hiking

As the world elegant wonder, Badaling Great Wall is just like a challenge. During the hiking journey, loosen sport clothes could create a comfortable hiking journey. Water will be a must to supplement body after tired labor. However, water sold on the Badaling Great Wall is more expensive. It is an ideal choice for preparing in advance. For the older tourists, hand-stick is a must for them, because there will be some ruined bricks leading to dangerous condition. If you take your children, taking the cable car will be ideal. For their little body, hiking is truly a painstaking labor!

My First Experience at Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tombs

My friends and I, we have studied Chinese in Beijing for about one year. For that long time, we have not been visit Great Wall once. And because of that, we arranged a plan to visit Great Wall last weekend. We got the reservation on the website. It was really easy and not long time after filled the enquiry form, one person from the tour agency sent us email for the details. And that was a beginning for my journey to the Wall.

We got the reservation of the cheapest bus tour. It was a short trip but all was worth it. Yes, at least I have already climbed the Great Wall once, right? At the morning, tour guide picked us at the university near my house. We ride on a comfortable bus and saw many other tour guests who already waiting for us.

Changling in Ming Tombs

The first destination that I had visit called Ming Tombs. Before the trip, I did not really know what the Ming Tombs it is? Since my main destination is Great Wall, so I did not really care about the tombs so much. Arrive at the tombs, tour guide explain all of the history while we could also see the landscape around. The cemeteries complex was really huge! I did not exactly know how big whole complex it is. After explored the Ming Tombs, we had some Chinese lunch in the restaurants, the food was good and clean. Everyone started to eat and having some conversation during lunch.

Bricks and Wall on Badaling

After lunch, finally we were going to Badaling Great Wall. Same as my expectation, Badaling always crowds with locals. I could saw many locals on the foot of the Wall. Tour guide left us about two hours to explore the Wall. My friends and I save more time and directly climbed up the Wall. It was nice and the challenging one! While climbing the Wall, we also could capture pictures as many as we want. Feel satisfied with our pictures that we already had taken, and since we already got tired to continue climb the Wall, we walk down to the gathering place where tour guide had said before. After that, back to the town, we drive by the Olympic Stadium where located not far from my hotel. Overall, I felt really glad and satisfied with all the experience that I got that day!

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