Badaling Great Wall Travel Essential Tips: ticket, map, cable car, open hours

Badaling Great Wall has a history of 2,500 years and is located at the north entrance of Guandou Ancient Road in Jundu Mountain, Yanqing District, Beijing, with a total length of 3.74 kilometers. It is an important part of the Great Wall of China’s great ancient defense project, and is one of the passes of the Ming Great Wall. Badaling Great Wall is an important outpost of Juyong Pass, and it is said in ancient times that “the danger of Juyong is not in the Pass but in Badaling”. The Badaling section of the Ming Great Wall is called “Jade Pass and Heavenly Moat”, which is one of the eight scenic spots of Juyongguan Pass in the Ming Dynasty.

Badaling Great Wall
Badaling Great Wall

Badaling Great Wall is about 15 kilometers from Juyongguan Great Wall, 44 kilometers from Dingling Mausoleum, 67 kilometers from Bird’s Nest; 60 kilometers from Summer Palace; 75 kilometers from Mutianyu Great Wall; 77 kilometers from Tiananmen Square; and 79 kilometers from Temple of Heaven.

The Badaling Great Wall is on average 7.8 meters high and 6 meters wide, allowing 5 horses to march side by side or 10 soldiers to march side by side.

Chairman Mao once said “He who has never been to the Great Wall is not a real hero”, Badaling Great Wall every day to receive a maximum of 65,000 tourists, minors under the age of 18 years old and the elderly over the age of 60 years old with a valid ID or passport can be in the ticketing window to get free tickets, the price of tickets are Peak season (April 1 to October 31) 40 yuan, off-season (November 1 to March 31) 35 yuan, open daily from 5:30 to 16:30 a total of 11 hours, but if you want to take the cable car or slide are required to buy!

Badaling Great Wall Map

Badaling Tourist Map
Badaling Tourist Map
Badaling Tourist Map
Badaling Tourist Map

Badaling Great Wall cable car

Badaling Great Wall is divided into north and south sections, children under 1.2 meters ride the cable car for free, cable car and slide are divided into one-way ticket and round-trip ticket, aerial cable car service time: 5:30 – 17:30 (14:00 stop selling round-trip ticket), ground cable car service time: 7:50 – 16:30

TypeSingle TripRound Trip
Cable CarCNY 100CNY 140
PulleyCNY 80CNY 120

North Section: Aerial cable cars and slides

South Section: Surface cable car, no slides

How to get to Badaling Great Wall from downtown Beijing

1.Bus 877: Deshengmen ⇔ Badaling

It departs from Deshengmen, about 10 minutes’ walk from Jishuitan subway station (Exit B2) of subway line 2. It is a non-stop bus, taking about an hour and costing CNY 12. The drop-off site is close to the pulley car lower station and about 10 minutes’ walk to the entrance.

2.Tourist Bus Line 1: Qianmen ⇔ Badaling

Boarding Point: southwest of Qianmen Arrow Tower, to the south of Tiananmen Square
Hours at Qianmen: about 7:00 to 11:00
Destination: Badaling Guntiangou Parking Lot

3.By Train:

High Speed Train: Take a high speed train from Beijing North Railway Station to the Badaling Great Wall Railway Station near the Badaling Great Wall Scenic Area. It takes only 30 minutes for a single-way trip.

S2 Train: The trains depart from Huangtudian Railway Station, which is near the Huoying Station along subway line 8 and subway line 13. One should get off at Badaling Railway Station; the entrance to the scenic area is a 15 to 20 minutes’ walk. Just follow the passenger flow or direction boards and one will get there easily. A single rail ride takes about 1.5 hours and the fare is CNY 7. There are free shuttle buses between S2 train station and cable car station. If you don’t want to walk, you can queue up to take it.