Foreign Tourist on Badaling Great Wall in Early Years
Heliograph Postcard in 1930s
Badaling Great Wall has drawn special tourists since its early age. As early as 100 years ago, some western explorers and geographers visited Badaling Great Wall for field investigation, and they also returned to their countries with numerous photos taken on the spot for publicizing.
later, a number of westerners traveled thousands of miles to China for visiting the Great Wall, one of the greatest engineerings in the history of human beings, realzing their long-yearning dreams.
The westerner sitting by an arch in the postcard came to Badaling Great Wall for sightseeing. The postcard, taken at the first southern watchtower arch of Badaling, was issued in 1930s, and the watchtower we see is the first northern watchtower of Badaling. The foreign tourists have flooded into the Great Wall, built by the ancient Chinese people, to see Badaling Great Wall ever since, who take photos for remembrance with the Great Wall as background.
Foreign tourists used to stay in Beijing before visiting Badaling Great Wall, and then traveled 50 kilometers to it by horse, donkey, mule or bamboo sedan chair (also known as "Huagan" in Sichuan dialect, a major vehicle made up of two bamboo poles and a chair used in ancient Mountain areas) due to neither cars nor tarred roads available then. Most of them came to Badaling Great Wall by bamboo sedan chair via Nankouyi Road to Guangou and then to Badaling.
Badaling Great Wall drew tourists from all corners of the world 100 years ago, and tourists often came due to respecting for its fame.
Tourists to Badaling Great Wall by Bamboo Sedan Chair Resting at Nankou since 1930s