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Badaling is the most popular section of the Great Wall of China, largely due to to its accessibility - it is close to Beijing and is easily reached with public transportation. Other added features such as smaller stairs, handrails and cable cars make it a great option for all visitors! The cable cars bring you to North Tower Eight, the highest point in the area and a perfect spot for photos: it is the best area on the wall to watch the sunrise or sunset and to observe how expansive the wall is as it snakes around the mountains. This trip is a treat for anyone, but the history buffs will get a real thrill out of this tour! Going to Badaling lets you relive the lengthy history of the Great Wall: you will see and explore the watchtowers that were used to communicate and store supplies, as well as observe the tiny holes drilled into the wall that were used to spy on enemies and to shoot arrows through. Walking on the wall gives you a real feel of the battles that it witnessed, particularly how it was reinforced during the Ming Dynasty to prevent the Mongols from entering Beijing. This section of the wall is also conveniently located near the Great Wall Museum, where you can learn even more about the site. A journey to Badaling gives you an unrivaled experience of the Great Wall and is a must try for any traveler, especially for first timers to China!
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