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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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The Legend of Badaling Great Wall

Badaling Great Wall, situated in Yanqing district, Beijing, is the important component of Great Wall. As the oldest GreatWall, it had always been an important place for the military affairs and the key access path since ancient times.

 It is recorded that the Badaling Great Wall was built to protect the Juyongguan Pass ( Juyongguan section of the Great Wall ) on its south, further protecting the city of Beijing. Badaling is an ancient military defense project. It is about 1,000 meters above sea level. The Badaling section of Great Wall is about 3, 740 meters long and averagely 8 meters high.

The highest section is 15 meters high. The wall is wide enough for five horses to ride abreast. Badaling was the earliest part open to the visitors among all the sections of the Great Wall in Beijing. 

Legend about Badaling Great Wall
Legend about Badaling Great Wall (八达岭长城传说) involves various subjects and rich content. As the important part of Chinese Great Wall Culture, legend about Badaling Great Wall combines romanticism and realism. It characters with myth and legendary colors. It mainly consists of five parts including Fairy clicking Golden Brick, History of the three passes of Great Wall, Guolao Zhang (a fair in Chinese myth) repairing Guaiji Tower, Meng Jiangnv Cried in Great Wall and Gua Zhi Yan.

In 1980s, country culture center started to collect the folk legends about Badaling Great Wall. According to the statistics, over 160 legends were reorganized, which are full of sharp imagation, artistry and locality. All of these legends were published in magazines, some of which recorded the custom, the life style and the change of villages around Badaling Great Wall.

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