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Badaling & Juyongguan Pass

So, when Kristy and I took our first trip to the Great Wall of China we went on a tour and in total the amount of time spent at the wall was around 1 hour and 45 mins. Now that may SEEM like a long time, but it includes the gondola ride, hiking up to get to the wall, and walking/filming/photos etc. Time really does fly! So since we had a free day in Beijing, we decided to try and make our way out to the other sections of the wall and do some more hiking!

After reading some traveler review, we decided to check out the Juyongguan Pass, and to travel there via… PUBLIC TRANSPORT! CRAZY.

Now, in Singapore and Malaysia we had traveled on subways and buses before with little to no problem, but China was a whole different ball game! Luckily, most tourist spots have English public transport direction floating around on Google, however, what it didn’t say was that it took us almost 4 hours to get to the wall! It was bus, subway, bus and finally we gave up and took a 10 minute taxi. Finally, when we got to our destination we were as you say, slightly disappointing :/ The Juyongguan Pass was literally two loops that went up either side of the mountain, and then came back down. Where was the beautiful wall that extended miles and miles in either direction?!

Great Wall Juyongguan Pass East

Juyongguan Pass Looking Up

 

FAIL MAP

If you click on this map you’ll can see the layout of this section..and see if you notice a HUGE fail on the English :P

So we decided to make the most of it and climb on of the mountain. After reaching the top to view some stunning views and going to the washroom (yes, there are toilets on the great wall) we climbed down with another 2 hours to spare.

Cherry Blossoms Wall

Now one thing about this section is that it’s only about a 10minute drive from another accessible section known as the Badaling Section. Now the Badaling section is the most popular tourist section. It is the section EVERYONE goes to because it the easiest and closest to get to from Beijing, it has amazing views, and its the most restored section of the Great Wall, so its very easy to hike.

We thus decided we might as well check out that section too, Kristy and I negotiated with this “Taxi driver” a price to take us to the other section. ( I put taxi driver in quote because it was really just a lady with a car that will give you a ride for cash, there are tons of them all over China)

Badaling Camera Wall Photo

Badaling Great Wall Extend

Zomg Nadine

Badaling Wall Section

Although this section was a bit lame with a theme park ride down the mountain, tons of shops and random animals like bears and camels, it was still gorgeous, and the weather couldn’t be better!
Poor Bear

Sneeky Camel Pic!

Great Wall Sunset

Ah Victory!


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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Daniel Johnson
    July 21, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Those are some amazing views from the Great Wall! I like the camel too. :P

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    Jimmbboe
    July 21, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Great pics! The one of Kristy with the camel is awesome! Still loving those “random bears” :-)

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    M-Knight
    July 22, 2010 at 12:17 am

    cool…Great Wall here I came…..nice travel blog btw…:)

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    Andy2086
    July 22, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Hey Nadine! Ive really enjoyed your travel blog so far. Hope youre having a good time!

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    Pamela
    July 25, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Hello Nadine, the picutures are amazing! I’m planning also go to ee the Great Wall next year . Thanks for sharing!

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    Anna
    July 25, 2010 at 1:27 am

    great blog! thank you so much!

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    Mark
    November 10, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    How far could you walk along the wall…Seems like it never ends.. Great view and I have to say how cute you look in that snow cap—sorry–LOL

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    Andy
    June 23, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    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. http://www.wildgreatwall.com/which-part-of-the-great-wall-is-the-best-to-visit/

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