this section seems pretty empty
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
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.
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.
at the Great Wall in May 1991.
When we returned in May 2004, it was much more commercial and extremely crowded.
the section of the Great Wall at Badalin, the blue traces on the mountain are the tracks of the pulley system
in May 1991 it was pretty quiet on the wall, probably because the rain was pouring down
a nice view of the wall
so we leave through one of the gates