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Week 10 – Five Days Trip in Beijing (2/3)


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It is easy to get to Badaling Great Wall by train, but beware not to be confused Beijing North Railway Station with Beijing Railway Station shown on the subway map. Beijing North Railway Station will get you to Badaling Great Wall, but the Beijing Railway Station will not. (In the picture, it is the Beijing Railway Station)

Beijing North Railway Station is located above the Xizhimen Station (on the subway line number 2). The train ticket to Badaling cost only RMB$6.00 per person, and it takes 1 hour and 20 minutes to Badaling. Then, it takes about 10 to 15 minutes of walk to the entrance of The Great Wall. All seats are first come first served. I hope that the time you visit Badaling Great Wall could provide you soft seat tickets in the train. The period of time that I travel in the train did not provide soft seat tickets.

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We were lucky in the beginning of the trip. We found empty seats in the train from Beijing North Railway Station to Badaling Station, but good luck didn’t stick with us when traveling back from Badaling to Beijing North Railway Station. All seats were taken. I saw people chose to sit on the ground, but I chose to stand in the train for more than one hour.

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I forgot to tell you that there is a small food store in the railway station, where you can buy instant noodles, drinks and snacks while waiting for the train. Hot water is free and could be found at the corner outside the ladies room, which is located on the left hand side of the railway station (opposite to the food store).

Badaling Station is the final station of the train. All trains to Badaling is begins with “S2”. Also, you can get your return ticket right after you arrive at Badaling station.

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We were lucky that there weren’t too many people around.

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Badaling Great Wall is easy to climb. Handrails are installed inside each side of the wall, and the steps are well-paved.

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I feel shaky when looking down.

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You can see that there are so many steps to climb.

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Lastly, I make it to “the eight tower in the north”, and after that I didn’t want to climb further up.

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Looking back.
I wonder how it looks like when all the landscapes covered with snow.

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You can choose to descend the Great Wall through the side path.

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This is the side path that I am talking about.

To be continued.

Camera: Iphone 4S + Canon 500D

24 responses

  1. Of all the pictures I’ve seen of the Great Wall, I think I like yours the best.
    They aren’t staged and filtered and highlighted.
    Yours look like it’s a real place.

    Looking forward to more China pics!

    March 9, 2013 at 11:29 am

    • Thank you, El Guapo. I like showing real things. 😀

      March 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm

  2. Great photos.

    March 9, 2013 at 11:42 am

  3. What a fun trip. There are many people as I imagined. 🙂

    March 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    • I wanted to avoid the crowds, but that was impossible… 😀

      March 23, 2013 at 6:50 pm

  4. *pant pant* looking at the climb you had to do!
    But sure looks fun. 🙂

    March 10, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    • It was quite tired 😀

      March 23, 2013 at 6:50 pm

  5. Is the ‘Balading Great Wall’ the same thing as the Great Wall of China? I’ve never heard it called this before. 😮

    March 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    • There are many parts of the Great Wall open to public. Badaling Great Wall is one of them and it is the easiest among others to get there. I heard that Mutianyu Great Wall is much more beautiful…but getting there needs to change bus then take a taxi. I found it too complicated and chose the easy one … 😀

      March 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm

  6. I’m very impressed you were able to climb so far (I don’t think I would have been able to do that)! It looks incredible – one of those truly legendary places – I would love to see the Great Wall some day, too (I guess I’ll just have to get in a bit better shape first)!

    March 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    • You can do it! You can do it! Badaling Great Wall is much more easy to climb 😀

      March 23, 2013 at 6:55 pm

  7. BEIJING! How I envy. My friends are going there next year for a few days… Must be a pretty nice place =D

    March 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    • Beijing is a wonderful place to visit, but don’t forget to bring a mask! 😀

      March 23, 2013 at 6:55 pm

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  9. First time visitor from Guaopla .. well done … but wow … all the people!

    March 15, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    • Thank you for the visit! 😀

      March 23, 2013 at 6:56 pm

  10. These are the best photos of the Wall that I’ve seen, Cristina. I never realized that there were steps to climb — what a hike. Looking forward to the next installment of your journey.

    March 21, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    • Thank you, Clover 😀

      March 23, 2013 at 6:56 pm

  11. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    Excellent photos. I really appreciated them because I’d love, love to visit China.

    Those noodles in a cup are SO heart warming 🙂 And the Great Wall …. awe some.

    March 23, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    • Thank you! China is a great destination. I just hope that they can do some improvements in the toilets facilities. 😀

      March 23, 2013 at 7:41 pm

  12. Wow! That is an amazing trip. It made me remember our travel their before my son was born. We went to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Breathtaking indeed.

    March 27, 2013 at 11:56 am

  13. qinglian

    Hi Could I check when is the earliest train from Beijing North Railway station to Badaling? Some people say around 612am but some said early trains are only available on weekends and peak periods. Is it true? Thanks!

    May 1, 2013 at 6:01 pm

  14. Andy

    Well done ! You are so brave and adventurous! These are great pictures of the Great Wall! Which reminds me… I should go through my India pictures and post some. Having read this I thought it was rather informative. I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this article together. I once again find myself personally spending a significant amount of time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worth it! In return, I also found a great blog of Great Wall travel tips, I’d love to share it here with you and for future travelers.

    June 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm

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