To be honest, Great Wall was not in our travel plan of this trip. I was checking the weather report last morning during breakfast time, the reported maximum temperature of the day was not suitable for outdoor activities, my dad suggested going into the mountains around because the temperature in the mountain was relatively low. Badaling Great Wall was a good choice, Sommer and Sydnie learned in school that Great Wall is one of the symbols of China and really wanted to visit, it is also the closest one to us and only one and a half hours driving from our house, so we decided to go. I have been there many times since I was six, but not too much memory.
The Great Wall is a must if you travel to China, several parts of the walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC, the most famous part was built in 220–206 BC by Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of a unified China. If you have a chance to come to Beijing, Badaling is a must for a Great Wall tour, it was built in 1504 during the Ming Dynasty. Most parts of the Badaling Great Wall was ruined by Japanese during World Wall II and the civil war afterward, after 1949, the newly founded Chinese government restored it to something approaching its former glory and passed law to protect it. The highest point of Badaling Great Wall is called the Haohan Po (The hero’s slope), the 8th battlement to the north, and is also the most dangerous part because of the 70-degree incline. Sommer and Sydnie made it after one and half hour climbing! They won a commemorative medal and a completion certificate. What a day!
Do not go in the weekend, way too many visitors；
Do not take the cable car, otherwise, you will lose a lot of climbing fun.