The Most Wheelchair-Friendly Great Wall to Visit

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Of all the 10 major sections of Great Wall around Beijing, Both Badaling Great Wall and Mutianyu Great Wall have accessible facilities for wheelchair users, accessible paths and elevators.

Mutianyu Great Wall is generally billed as the most favorite by foreign visitors. It is more picturesque and less crowded than Badaling Great Wall which is always packed with the horde of domestic tourists no matter on weekdays or weekends and public holidays.

But when it comes to the question of which section of the Great Wall is more wheelchair user-friendly, Badaling Great Wall has the upper hand over Mutianyu Great Wall with its gentle ramp leading to the first watch tower of the Great Wall.

Mutianyu Great Wall
Unlike Badaling Great Wall with its wall and first watch tower starting from the ground ( the gate of the pass ), the whole Mutianyu Great Wall is perched high on the mountain ridge and you have to either climb up or take a cable car up on to the Wall.

When you get off the ferry shuttle bus at the parking lot in Mutianyu, you still need to push your wheelchair all the way for about 600 meters along a steep and uneven stone path leading up to the cable station.

A 600-meter steep ramp

A 600-meter steep ramp

Again once you get off the cable station on the mountain, you need to push your wheelchair on a very steep ramp for about 80 meters and get to the platform below the 14th watch tower of Mutianyu Great Wall.

On the Mutianyu Great Wall, wheelchair users may take a cable car up and then use the accessible lane leading to the platform below the 14th watch tower for a good view of Mutianyu Great Wall.

The accessible paths in Mutianyu Great wall are too steep, not wheelchair user-friendly!
The accessible lane from the upper cable car station to the platform below the 14th watch tower on Mutianyu Great Wall.

Again a very steep ramp for about 80 meters

Again a very steep ramp for about 80 meters

 

The view taken from the platform below the 14th tower is awesome!

The view taken from The platform below the 14th tower is awesome.

The view taken from The platform below the 14th tower is awesome.

The way down is a lot easier than on the way up.

Badaling Great Wall 
On the Badaling Great Wall, a special flat lane is built for wheelchair users to get to the third watch tower of the Great Wall. Even two elevators are equipped for easy ascending the wall if you book the elevator service in advance.

 Gentle ramp leading up Badaling Great Wall.

Gentle ramp leading up Badaling Great Wall.

Basically it is more convenient to use its smooth and gentle ramp leading up Badaling Great Wall. You don’t need to  use the cable car. The area for the upper cable station is not wheelchair-friendly and teem with domestic tourists.

Badaling Great Wall

Badaling Great Wall

Comparatively, Badaling Great Wall is more accessible for wheelchair users and you don’t have to pay the 100 yuan cable car.

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2 Responses to “The Most Wheelchair-Friendly Great Wall to Visit”

  1. Graciela Abud says:

    I am a travel agent. I have a disabled passenger who cannot walk at all. He moves in a wheel chair. Please advise if he can visit Badalin Great Wall area. or where would you recommend?

    Thanks and regards,

  2. Daniel says:

    Hi Graciela Abud,

    A very small section of Badaling Great Wall has an accessible path friendly to wheelchair users. But you need somebody to roll up the Wheelchair Ramp.

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