| Lying to the north of Juyong Pass, the Great Wall at Badaling
is about 60 kilometers from the city proper of Beijing. The Gate-tower
of the Juyong Pass was firstly constructed in the 18th year of the Hongzhi
reign period of the Ming Dynasty (1505), with two gates, one in the cast
and the other in the west. Over the eastern gate is a horizontal tablet,
inscribed with the characters meaning "Outer Juyong Town," and
the horizontal tablet over the western gate also has four characters,
meaning "A Strategic Pass in the North."
The Great Wall at Badaling is 7.8 meters high on average. Five horses or ten people can walk along it abreast. There are ramparts, embrasures, peep-holes and apertures for archers on the top. The watch-towers are built in at 500-meter intervals for accommodation, storing military equipment and observing enemy movements. Badaling also has the Great Wall Museum, and the Circular Screen Cinema.
Visitors may go to the Great Wall by train from the Qianmen and Beijing
railway stations, or by tourist bus from Dongdaqiao and the Zoo.
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