When I was planning my Beijing trip, the biggest woe I faced was the great wall of China. I was stuck in tough choices between various visiting sections along the great wall, one of the wonders! I was told that Badaling is the main visiting centre for the great wall of China whereas other visiting points are not as crowded and has the least restoration works done.
I want to have great photography opportunity but it would take me a lot of time and money for me to get to other visiting points which have lesser tourists and I believe great photography opportunities. Few of the many of them are Simatai and Juyongguan but not as safe as Badaling. After some careful considerations, I stick to Badaling as it is the nearest section to Beijing city. The bus trip from Beijing bus terminal to Badaling was not an easy one as it looks. I have to take bus 919 from bus terminal in Beijing to Badaling but apparently, there are various bus 919 going on different routes! Not all bus 919 goes to Badaling. You have to ask the bus crews if that bus 919 is the one for visiting great wall of China.
Once I have dropped off at Badaling, everything was easy. It has commercialized so much after the Olympic games in Beijing, so much that it was really crowded there with tourists. It was not easy at all walking round the Badaling great wall section as there are very steep slope that you have to hold yourself to railing as potential dangers are really there.
Upon starting the journey at the foot of Badaling, I saw really worn out huge sign representing Olympic theme that was in Beijing, “One World One Dream”. For this shot, I did exposure blending to blend the sky exposure to the foreground. You can see that there is no maintenance done at all.
On the way round the section, I was eagerly looking out for any breathtaking view for my shot. But it was having heavy overcast that day. Perhaps it was still too early to have nice landscape shot. I did many clicks and I can only say there are quite a number of them are satisfying ones. The photo below shown was one of the many photos that I like a lot. I like it for the wide view of the whole section of great wall lying over the outlines of the mountains. Beautiful view.