Badaling National Forest Park is located at the foot of the famous Badaling Great Wall with a total area of 29.4 square kilometers (11.35 square miles) and a peak height of 1,238 meters (4,060 feet). It features quite a variety of plants and animals. The main scenic spots of the park include Red Leaf Ridge, Syringa Valley, Azure Dragon Valley, and Stone Gorge. The first Chinese railway built by Chinese architect Zhan Tianyou is also in the park.
Best Time to Visit Badaling National Forest Park
The best time to visit the park is autumn, especially in mid and late October. As the first touch of red in Beijing’s autumn, the red leaves in the mountains and plains are gradually flaming in the park, reflecting the majestic Great Wall.
Red Leaf Ridge
Red Leaf Ridge is the best location for viewing red foliage in Badaling National Forest Park. It is adjacent to the Great Wall and is located on the south side of China’s first railway and memorial bronze statue of Chinese architect Zhan Tianyou. From the end of September to the beginning of November each year, it is wonderful to appreciate the red leaves in this scenic spot.
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In Syringa Valley lies the largest natural Syringa reticulata forest in northern China. In addition, the valley has a rich variety of vegetation, complete forests and distinct seasonal landscapes, making it an excellent place to enjoy natural landscapes. Every June is the best time to watch syringa when syringa blooms in the mountains and the scent of syringa fills the valley.
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Azure Dragon Valley
The Badaling Great Wall is located on the north side of Azure Dragon Valley. The ditch is deep and the mountains are quiet. The mountains , forests and towers form a three-dimensional landscape painting which shocks the soul. Here you can avoid the hustle and bustle of the modern city, get in touch with nature, breathe the freshest air, and experience the magic of nature at the foot of the ancient Great Wall.
You no longer view the red leaves at a distance, but appreciate them up close in Stone Gorge. Here, you can stroll beside the Great Wall and walk through the red leaf forest to enjoy the subtle charm of the red leaves.
How to Get to Badaling National Forest Park
- Take bus line 877 from Deshengmen station, get off at the terminal, and then walk southward for about 400 meters (437 yards) to the entrance.
- Take bus line 919 from Deshengmen station, get off at the Badaling National Forest Park Station, and then walk eastward for about 500 meters (547 yards) to the ticket office.
|CNY 33 for an adult
Free for children below 1.2 meters (3.9 feet)
|09:00-17:00 (stop entering at 16:00)