8-MGD Badaling North Line
Since April 2014, it has been possible to reach the Great Wall of China in Badaling – 70 km north of Beijing – with a modern detachable gondola lift from Doppelmayr/Garaventa. The lift is almost 700 meters in length and replaces a 26-year-old six-passenger gondola which was no longer able to cope with the growing volumes of tourists. Compared to its predecessor, the new ropeway has increased transport capacity from 1,500 to 2,400 passengers an hour. Top priority was given to the comfort of guests. In view of the fact that the winter months are very cold in Badaling, all 32 cabins are equipped with seat heating. Summer visitors benefit from a pleasant climate during the trip thanks to panels installed towards the bottom of the cabins which are opened to provide ventilation.