Most visitors encounter the Great Wall at Bādálǐng (Bādálǐng Chángchéng;
Two sections of wall trail off in opposite directions from the main entrance. The restored wall crawls for a distance before nobly disintegrating into ruins; unfortunately you cannot realistically explore these more authentic fragments. Cable cars exist for the weary (Y60 round trip).
The section of masonry at Bādálǐng was first built during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), and was heavily restored in both the 1950s and the 1980s. Punctuated with dílóu (watchtowers), the 6m-wide wall is clad in brick, typical of the stonework employed by the Ming when they restored and expanded the fortification.
The admission fee also includes a 15-minute film about the Great Wall at the Great Wall Circle Vision Theatre (
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Bādálǐng destination guides
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