this section seems pretty empty
the entrance
during the pulley travel you get a first glimpse of the wall
the Badaling Pulley Train brings you up the mountain
in May 2004 you first have to pass through the Bear Park. This one seems to think OMG
it is getting too crowded for comfort
time for a bite
It's the May holiday in China and many people decided to climb the wall today
but this is what we are heading for, the wall is full of people
the Great Wall at Badaling
Since early history states and dynasties of northern China were pestered by raids and invasions of nomadic tribes living on the vast plains of the Eurasian Steppe.
From the 7th century BC earthen walls and fortifications were erected to protect themselves against the Xiongnu nomads. 
 
Notably the First Emperor Qin She Huang invested capital and lifes in improving these fortifications. Later the walls deterioted, but the Ming restored them again and extended it to almost 9000 km.
 
But any wall becomes useless when you open the gates, what happened in 1644 and promptly resulted in the end of the Ming Dynasty.
 
At Badaling, north of Beijing, a section of the wall has been restored and opened to the public in 1957. Since then it has drawn millions of visitors.
 
We were at the Great Wall in May 1991.
When we returned in May 2004, it was much more commercial and extremely crowded.
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the section of the Great Wall at Badalin, the blue traces on the mountain are the tracks of the pulley system
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in May 1991 it was pretty quiet on the wall, probably because the rain was pouring down
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a nice view of the wall
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so we leave through one of the gates
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