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Badaling Remnant Great Wall

Updated:2008-06-06 10:19 | Source:

  It is located to the southwest of Badaling

  Great Wall of Yanqing County. Route: go along the

  Badaling Expressway to Badaling Town in Yanqing

  County, then change bus to arrive at the site. It is

  the only section of the remnant Great Wall that has

  been authorized to be opened to the public. To the

  southwest of Badaling Great Wall, the remnant Great

  Wall is the west gate of the whole fortification

  system, used to be named as Shixia Pass. In 1644, Li

  Zicheng established the Dashun Regime in Xi’an and

  swore to overthrow the Ming Dynasty. He led his army

  to cross the Yellow River, go past Shanxi, and

  arrive at Badaling Pass. But many injuries did not

  win a victory for him. He got an idea from a local

  wise old man, attacked Shixia Pass, lured the enemy

  from the base, then broke through the pass. This

  history was later compiled as a piece of Beijing

  Opera, named as Legend of Three Cheatings. It is

  also the best section of Great Wall with the most

  complete historical style. Although some buttresses

  have been lost, and huge strip stones are lying on

  both sides of the walls, one can still see its

  grandiosity in the past. The tourist line starts

  from the watch tower at the opening of the remnant

  Great Wall, and stretches upwards along the

  mountains. The tourists can see the damaged walls,

  collapsed openings, and broken towers. To facilitate

  the tourists, there are wood steps and handrails to

  ensure the safety of tourists. According to the

  research of experts, there are two ancient sites

  with high archeological values. One is the stone

  material field where stones were taken to build the

  Great Wall. There are still huge stones with clear

  signs of cutting; Another place is the brick kiln to

  produce the Great Wall bricks.

  (Source:

  http://www.ebeijing.gov.cn/Tour/ScenicSpots/)

Editor : Zhu Jia

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