'He who doesn’t reach the Great Wall is not a true man'
“Badaling Great Wall is an everlasting monument in the diplomatic history of New China,” said Qian Qichen, former vice-premier and foreign minister, in praise of the role of Badaling Great Wall in the country’s diplomatic history. In 1954, Premier Zhou Enlai showed Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, round Badaling Great Wall. It was the first time for the country to receive a foreign state leader at the Great Wall. Since then, Badaling Great Wall has turned into an important place for the Chinese Government to entertain foreign guests making state visits. The age-old great wall, lit up with the bloom of youth, shoulders a new historical mission to give voice to the world in its unique modes that the Chinese people love peace and cherish friendship.
Until now, including the Nixon, Obama and Madame Thatcher, there are more than 300 celebrities comes here to visit the Badaling scenic area by its grand landscape, the perfect facility and the deep cultural history and connotation. Being called one of the nine Fortresses in Old China time, Badaling section is the essence portion of Great Wall, especially in all the Ming Wall.
Great Wall Apricot Festival
The Great Wall Apricot Festival is held in March and April every year. Here, spring is very much in the air, with breezes stroking people’s face pleasantly. In a twinkling, the mountains are covered with green grasses that sprout out of the earth. The mountains are decorated with blossoms of apricots, camellia, and all sorts of nameless wild flowers. While fragrant flowers loose freshness elsewhere, Badaling is permeated with red flowers. The centuries-old Great Wall is imbued with vitality.
Summer Resort Festival
The Summer Resort Festival is held every June to September. In the torrid summer, tourists would pass the summer in a leisurely way, prevent sunstroke and enjoy the cool in the scenic spot. They will also watch splendid entertainment performances by Beijing art troupes and Badaling Great Wall Art Troupe. The night sight of the Great Wall will also be opened. Blue, yellow and green lamps draw the desolate and vigorous outline of Great Wall, making it extremely stunning when darkness falls.
Great Wall Red Leaves Festival
Great Wall Red Leaves Festival is held in October and November every year. As a poetic line puts it, “frost-bitten leaves look redder than early spring flowers.” In autumn, Badaling Great Wall looks most charming, as red leaves and the Great Wall jointly compose a most beautiful picture. The grey Great Wall relates the everlasting dignity of history. The sea of red leaves sprinkle the dynamics of life. Blue sky, white clouds, red leaves and the Great Wall would have you yearn to return to nature and experience the realm of “clouds drifting above leaves, and men roaming about in pictures.”
International Mountaineering Festival
Initiated in the New Year’s Day of 1996, the festival has developed into the largest activity in Beijing, in which the mass of people climb the mountain to greet the arrival of the New Year. It has also become a traditional national fitness activity involving the largest amount of participants from all walks of life. It has attracted many international friends for participation. So far, it has held 14 sessions of international mountaineering festivals. In winter days, the Great Wall looks unique with dark green cypresses and pines. Walking through the mountains, participants would also enjoy the spectacular scene as described by late Chairman Mao Zedong, “Both sides of the Great Wall/One single white immensity.”
Badaling Great Wall is known as a charming secluded quiet place, without the noises and pollution of downtown areas. Tourists may enjoy themselves the comforts of country scenes at the Great Wall at tranquil nights. Come here. Let’s keep away from city noises and meet at Badaling Great Wall, which is permeated with antique folk customs, luxurious and elegant European styled villas, and private architectures of artistic tastes…. Staying at Badaling Great Wall, you will have unprecedented experiences of diversified charms comprising red roofs, white walls, nearby rivers, faraway mountains, small bridges and green meadows. You will suddenly see the light and begin to feel relieved under such a friendly environment.
I. Rose Valley Days Hotel
II. Commune by the Great Wall