Night Tours of Badaling Great Wall – Now Open Every Day!

Night Tours of Badaling Great Wall

 

Last Updates on April 30th, 2024

Get ready for an exciting night adventure at the Badaling Great Wall!

From April 30 to October 6, between 6:30 PM and 10:00 PM, you can explore a stunning night tour that lights up the path from North Tower Four to South Tower Four.

What’s included?

Enjoy free parking, an incredible interactive light show, and the breathtaking “Dreaming Back to the Great Wall · Cranes from All Directions” performance.

This immersive show runs from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM and brings history to life with dazzling lights and sounds.

Capture the Nighttime Wonder: Embark on an Unforgettable Night Tour of Badaling!

Attention all travelers and adventurers!

Get ready to experience the magnificent Badaling section of the Great Wall in a whole new light, as it is set to open for night tours on a daily basis!

Yes, you heard it right!

According to an announcement by the local tourism office, visitors will now be able to explore the Great Wall’s stunning vistas after dark every day of the week, starting from this year’s May Day holiday, 2023.

This is a major change from the previous policy, which only allowed night tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and public holidays.

Night Tours of Badaling Great Wall

 

Transformed at Night: Badaling Great Wall Shimmers in Golden Lights!

The Badaling section of the Great Wall is already a popular destination for tourists from all over the world, and the new policy is expected to make it even more attractive.

During the day, the Badaling Great Wall is a magnificent sight, but at night it is transformed into a breathtaking spectacle.

Golden lights illuminate the walls and white lights shine on the horse path, outlining the clear shape of the entire Badaling Great Wall like a “shimmering giant dragon” stretching along the mountain range.

It truly is a sight to behold!

Night Tours of Badaling Great Wall

 

The Importance of Night Tours

Night tours offer a unique and enchanting experience that’s different from visiting the Great Wall during the day.

The illuminated wall and watchtowers create an unforgettable atmosphere, and the absence of large crowds allows you to connect with the wall’s history and majesty on a deeper level.

Moreover, night tours provide cooler temperatures, making the experience more comfortable during the hot summer months.

Badaling Great Wall’s Night Tour: Brighter and Better After Renovation!

The Night Tour of the Great Wall began in 1995 but faced partial closures.

It is mainly open for specific events and groups.

Upgrades in 2022 for the Beijing Winter Olympics revitalized the tour.

Now, nightly tours are available, boosting tourism and the local economy. Experience the magical Great Wall at night!

Night Tours of Badaling Great Wall

 

Night Great Wall Tour Information:

To make the most of your Badaling Great Wall night tour, careful planning is essential.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Night Great Wall activity has a maximum capacity of 3,500 people per day.
  • Opening Hours of night tour: 18:30-22:00. The Great Wall will be lit up from 19:30 to 21:30. The lighting time may be adjusted on-site based on the circumstances.
  • Range of Night Great Wall tour: Explore a 500-meter pedestrian street and the Badaling section, spanning from North Tower One to North Tower Four of the Great Wall, and from South Tower One to South Tower Three (please note that not all towers are accessible).
  • Verification Location: Night Great Wall Service Center (Verification starts at 18:30, please present your ID card and order QR code) / Badaling Great Wall entrance (Verification starts at 19:30, please present your ID card and order QR code).
  • Free Policy: Children below 1.2 meters in height are eligible for free admission.
  • Best time to visit: While night tours are available every day, the best time to visit is during the spring and fall, as temperatures are milder and the weather is more predictable. 
  • Pets are not allowed.
Night Tours of Badaling Great Wall

 

Night Tour Ticket Prices:

  • From Sunday to Thursday: 198 RMB per person.
  • On Friday, Saturday, and holidays:
    • Group of three: 398 RMB (including a set of traditional costumes).
    • Individual: 298 RMB per person (including a set of traditional costumes).
  • Children under 1.2 meters are free of charge.

Entry Requirements: ID card verification is required.

How to Purchase Tickets Online In advance: 

To book tickets for the Badaling Great Wall, you can use the official WeChat Mini Program (长城内外) specifically designed for this purpose, provided you have WeChat installed on your device.

However, please note that the Mini Program does not have an English version, which can make it somewhat complicated for non-Chinese speakers.

While you can rely on Google Translate to get a general understanding of the content, it’s important to keep in mind that the translation may not be entirely accurate.

For more detailed tips on buying tickets online and navigating the process, I recommend checking out our blog post titled “Exploring Badaling Great Wall at Night: Insider Tips for Buying Night Tour Tickets.

This post provides valuable insights to help you navigate the ticket purchasing process and enhance your overall experience.

Alternatively, for an even more convenient and comprehensive experience, I highly recommend using reputable third-party booking websites like Viator.

These platforms offer a wide array of ticket options and comprehensive language support.

With detailed information and customer reviews at your fingertips, you can make informed decisions and select the perfect ticket for your needs.

In my opinion, this approach is not only convenient but also cost-effective.

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These platforms simplify the ticket-buying experience and provide additional advantages, such as user reviews, package deals, and sometimes, discounted rates.

Night Tours of Badaling Great Wall

 

Badaling Night Tour Performance Schedule
  • Performances including folk music, dance, magic show, and acrobatic show are available on Friday, Saturday, and holidays in the evening.
  • Two shows at 19:00 and 20:00, starting from the entrance of the Great Wall National Gift Shop. Simply follow along the route to watch.

Dining: Near the entrance of the Great Wall scenic area, you can find water for 5 RMB, noodles for 25 RMB, and rice for approximately 35 RMB.

Night Tours of Badaling Great Wall

 

Note: The temperature on the Great Wall area is usually 3-4 degrees lower than in the city area.

It tends to be windy at night, so it’s advisable to dress warmly.

Transportation Options

There are several transportation options for getting to the Badaling Great Wall from Beijing, including public buses, trains, and private cars hires.

Many tour operators also offer pick-up and drop-off services from your hotel.

  • High-speed Train:
    • From Beijing North Station or Qinghe Station, take the high-speed train to Badaling. After disembarking, turn left and walk for approximately 5 minutes to reach the 500-meter pedestrian street, which leads to the entrance of Guancheng Square. The high-speed train journey takes only 20 minutes and costs 20 RMB. It is recommended to purchase tickets 1-2 days in advance.
  • S2 Train:
    • Board the train at Huangtudian Station in Beijing and alight at Badaling Station. After getting off the train, turn left and walk for approximately 10 minutes to reach the pedestrian street and the entrance of Guancheng Square. The S2 train operates only during the daytime, so it’s recommended to choose a regular train for your visit to Badaling during the day.
  • Public Transportation:
    • As the last bus 877 departs at 12:30 PM from Deshengmen, there are only two bus routes (Sightseeing Bus No. 5, 919) available for night tours of the Badaling Great Wall. Take bus routes 919, or Sightseeing Bus No. 5 from Deshengmen Bridge Arrow Tower North Side in the northern section of the Second Ring Road to reach Badaling Great Wall. Transfer to a free shuttle bus or continue on foot to enter the scenic area. For a detailed guide on taking the Sightseeing No. 5 bus to Badaling Great Wall, check out the post link

Highlights of the Night Tour

A night tour of the Badaling Great Wall offers several unique experiences that you won’t find during the day:

Illuminated Wall and Watchtowers

The Great Wall takes on a whole new look at night, as the illuminated wall and watchtowers create a stunning visual effect.

The contrast between the dark sky and the lit-up wall is truly breathtaking and makes for incredible photographs.

Night Tours of Badaling Great Wall

 

Stargazing

Away from the city lights, the Badaling Great Wall is an ideal location for stargazing.

The night sky is often clear and filled with countless stars, allowing you to connect with nature and the ancient history of the wall.

Be sure to bring a stargazing app or a guidebook to help you identify constellations and other celestial objects.

Night Tours of Badaling Great Wall

 

Tips for a Memorable Experience

To make your Badaling Great Wall night tour truly unforgettable, follow these tips:

Dress Appropriately

When embarking on a nighttime visit to the Badaling Great Wall, it’s important to dress appropriately for the conditions.

As temperatures tend to drop significantly during the night, it is advisable to wear layers of clothing to ensure both warmth and comfort.

This will allow you to adjust your attire as needed and maintain a comfortable body temperature throughout the excursion.

Bring the Right Gear

To fully enjoy the night tour, pack essential items such as

  • a flashlight, 
  • extra batteries,
  • a camera,
  • and a tripod for capturing those stunning night shots.

A flashlight help you navigate the darker sections of the Great Wall and ensure your safety.

Make sure to bring extra batteries to avoid any inconveniences caused by power loss.

Consider bringing a tripod as well to stabilize your camera for capturing those stunning night shots.

With the tripod, you can experiment with longer exposure times, resulting in beautifully illuminated photographs of the wall and the night sky.

Don’t forget a bottle of water and some snacks to keep your energy levels up.

Capture the Moment

Make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience by capturing plenty of photos to preserve the memories.

The illuminated Great Wall against the night sky offers a unique and mesmerizing backdrop.

Experiment with different camera settings and angles to showcase the beauty and grandeur of the ancient structure.

Play around with long exposures to capture the ethereal glow and create stunning visual effects.

Night Tours of Badaling Great Wall

 

Final Words

In conclusion, the decision to open the Badaling section of the Great Wall for night tours on a daily basis is an exciting development for tourists from around the world.

The stunning views of the Great Wall illuminated by golden lights are sure to attract visitors and boost the local economy.

By taking part in the night tours, visitors will have a unique and unforgettable experience.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q: When will the Badaling section of the Great Wall be open for night tours on a daily basis?

A: Starting from this year’s May Day holiday, visitors can explore the Great Wall’s stunning vistas after dark every day of the week.

Q: How to Book Badaling Great Wall Night Tour Tickets Online?

A: To book Badaling Great Wall night tour tickets online, follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit the official WeChat Mini Program, provided you have WeChat installed on your device, or a reputable third-party booking platform like Viator.
  2. Look for the section dedicated to night tours or evening activities at Badaling Great Wall.
  3. Browse through the available options and select the night tour that suits your preferences.
  4. Check the tour details, including the duration, inclusions, and any specific requirements or restrictions.
  5. Choose the date and time for your night tour. Be sure to check if the tour is available on your preferred date.
  6. Select the number of tickets you need and any additional services or add-ons, if applicable.
    Review your booking summary to ensure all details are accurate.
  7. Proceed to the payment page and securely make your payment using the provided payment methods.
  8. After completing the payment, you will receive a confirmation email with your booking details and any additional instructions.
  9. Make sure to save or print your booking confirmation to present it at the designated meeting point or for any further inquiries.

Q: What can visitors expect from the night tours of the Badaling section of the Great Wall?

A: Visitors can expect to see the Great Wall illuminated by golden lights and enjoy a performance by local artists showcasing traditional Chinese culture.

Q: Is it safe to visit the Badaling Great Wall at night?

A: Yes, night tours are safe, as the walking paths are well-lit, and tour guides are experienced in navigating the wall at night.

However, always follow safety guidelines and stay on designated paths.

Q: Can I take a self-guided night tour of the Badaling Great Wall?

A: Sure, you can do it on your own.

Q: Are night tours of the Badaling Great Wall suitable for children?

A: Yes, night tours can be a fantastic experience for children, but do consider their physical abilities and comfort level with walking on uneven terrain in the dark.

Q: How long does a typical night tour of the Badaling Great Wall last?

A: A typical night tour lasts about 7-9 hours, including transportation to and from the wall, walking along the wall, and any additional activities included in the tour package.

Q: Is the Badaling Great Wall wheelchair accessible during night tours?

A: Unfortunately, the uneven terrain and steep inclines of the Great Wall make it challenging for wheelchair users.

It’s best to check with your tour operator to discuss accessibility options.

Ricky

One Response to “Night Tours of Badaling Great Wall – Now Open Every Day!”

  1. Tina

    I would love a tour organized for the night tour as I have limited time to see the Great Wall of China however I’m in Australia and can’t seem to get the WeChat to work. Do you provide tours for January 2024?

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