Badaling Ancient Great Wall | A long descent on the other side of the first mountain
A long descent on the other side of the first mountain.

Badaling Ancient Great Wall

Follow the western end of the repaired Great Wall at Badaling up and over a big mountain or two to finish on the ‘wild’ section east of Stone Valley Village.

Level 4
Steep ascents and descents for much of the hike. 4–5 hours start to finish over approx. 10km (Can I do it?)

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Way back at the end of the Ming Dynasty, Li Zicheng, the ‘Dashing King’ and leader of a peasant rebellion, broke through the Great Wall at an obscure pass in the mountains just west of the Badaling Great Wall. He went on through the mountains with his army to Beijing, besieged it, and proclaimed himself Emperor of the new Shun Dynasty. You may not have heard of the Shun Dynasty, and fair enough – it didn’t last very long, with the Qing beating them out pretty swiftly. But that’s another story entirely.

The pass where the Peasant King broke through is still obscure, reached by doing a U-turn out of one of those long tunnels that go under the mountains and then driving up to the end of a narrow road.

It’s now known as the Badaling Ancient Great Wall, and it has all been repaired and fixed up.

But most visitors here just take a look at the lower two towers and head back, as the Great Wall here gets rather steep.

What we’ll do for this hike is keep going up, and up, and then over and down, then up and over another hill … all the way to Stone Valley Village.

On the way over the first mountain.
Approaching the false peak of the first mountain. (Click for larger image)

The views are superb the whole way—to the north, a broad plain lies below mountains; to the south, more mountains and maybe a glimpse of Beijing city; to the east, the Badaling Great Wall runs through the hills to a high peak; and to the west, more Great Wall running along ridges.

The exercise is also superb! For almost all the hike you’re either climbing up or climbing down, and it gets quite steep. And once you get over the first mountain and down the other side, there’s a smaller hill to go up and over, and we’ll see some unrepaired Great Wall here before hiking down to the finish.

Halfway up the second hill
Halfway up the second hill. (Click for larger image)

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In particular:

  • DO NOT participate if you are sick or showing symptoms of fever and/or have an elevated temperature, or have been in close contact with someone who was.
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Photos and trip reports: Badaling Ancient Great Wall

  1. Badaling Ancient Great Wall, 2020/11/14

    Badaling Ancient Great Wall, 2020/11/14

    Murky weather spoiled the views, but our legs still got a workout on the steep ascents and descents—see 19 photos from the hike up the wall and over to Stone Valley Village.

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