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Encyclopedia > Badaling Expressway
Badaling Expressway Facts
Road Numbering G025
Length 69.98 km
Passes through Beijing
Starting point Madian, Beijing
Terminus Kangzhuang, Beijing
Exits 17
Service Areas 1
Badaling Expressway

The Badaling Expressway (Simplified Chinese: 八达岭高速公路, Traditional Chinese: 八達嶺高速公路, Hanyu Pinyin: Bādálíng Gāosù Gōnglù) is an expressway in China which links Beijing to the Badaling stretch of the Great Wall of China. It continues toward Yanqing and leaves Beijing, becoming the Jingzhang Expressway. Beijing [English Pronunciation] (Chinese: 北京 [Chinese Pronunciation]; Pinyin: BÄ›ijÄ«ng; IPA: ), a metropolis in northern China, is the capital of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). ... Madian node and bridge Madian is a transportation node in Beijing. ... Beijing [English Pronunciation] (Chinese: 北京 [Chinese Pronunciation]; Pinyin: BÄ›ijÄ«ng; IPA: ), a metropolis in northern China, is the capital of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). ... Beijing [English Pronunciation] (Chinese: 北京 [Chinese Pronunciation]; Pinyin: BÄ›ijÄ«ng; IPA: ), a metropolis in northern China, is the capital of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). ... Badaling Expwy at Juyongguan - the wall is nearly next to the expressway (July 2004). ... Simplified Chinese characters (Simplified Chinese: 简体字; Traditional Chinese: 簡體字; pinyin: jiǎntǐzì; also called 简化字/簡化字, jiǎnhuàzì) are one of two standard character sets of printed contemporary Chinese written language. ... Traditional Chinese characters are one of two standard character sets of printed contemporary Chinese written language. ... Pinyin (拼音, Pīnyīn) literally means join (together) sounds (a less literal translation being phoneticize, spell or transcription) in Chinese and usually refers to Hànyǔ Pīnyīn (汉语拼音, literal meaning: Han language pinyin), which is a system of... An expressway is a divided highway, usually 4 lanes or wider. ... Beijing [English Pronunciation] (Chinese: 北京 [Chinese Pronunciation]; Pinyin: BÄ›ijÄ«ng; IPA: ), a metropolis in northern China, is the capital of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). ... Badaling (s. ... The Great Wall in the winter The Great Wall of China (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ; literally The long wall of 10,000 Li (里)¹) is a Chinese fortification built from the 5th century BC until the beginning of the 17th century, in order to protect the various dynasties from raids... The Jingzhang Expressway (京张高速公路, Hanyu Pinyin: Jīngzhāng Gāosù Gōnglù) is an expressway in China which links Beijing to Zhangjiakou. ...


Starting north of Madian Overpass on the Northern 3rd Ring Road, it runs for approximately 50 kilometres in a direction toward Beijing's north-west. 3rd Ring Road (Southeastern segment, taken in July of 2004) The 3rd Ring Road pinyin: San Huan Lu) is a 48-kilometer city ring road that encircles the centre of the city of Beijing. ...


The Badaling Expressway gets its name from the Badaling stretch of the Great Wall. Badaling (s. ... The Great Wall in the winter The Great Wall of China (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ; literally The long wall of 10,000 Li (里)¹) is a Chinese fortification built from the 5th century BC until the beginning of the 17th century, in order to protect the various dynasties from raids...

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History

The expressway was constructed in January 1996 in three stages, culminating in the creation of a 69.98 kilometre long expressway in September 2001. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... This article is about the year 2001. ...


The expressway previous did not link with the Jingzhang Expressway. After the linking was complete, the stretch to Yanqing and Kangzhuang was opened, and the toll gate at Juyongguan was put out of service soon after. The Jingzhang Expressway (京张高速公路, Hanyu Pinyin: Jīngzhāng Gāosù Gōnglù) is an expressway in China which links Beijing to Zhangjiakou. ... Juyongguan or Juyonguan Pass is located in an 18 kilometer-long valley named Guangou which is inside Changping County more than 50 kilometers from Beijing City. ...


Road Conditions

The Badaling Expressway gets into "climbing gear" as it approaches the hilly terrain near Badaling. (July 2004 image)
The Badaling Expressway gets into "climbing gear" as it approaches the hilly terrain near Badaling. (July 2004 image)

Badaling expressway approaching hilly area near Badaling. ... Badaling expressway approaching hilly area near Badaling. ...

Warning

Kilometre sections 49-50 heading out of Beijing are areas where fog may occur. The same applies for the stretch between Shahe and Xisanqi, especially at night. The Valley of Death (see relevant part of this article) is a (potential) speed trap and a black spot for traffic accidents. Other speed traps are around the area leaving urban and part of suburban Beijing. Shahe (沙河) is a city in Xingtai Prefecture (邢台市) in southern Hebei province of the Peoples Republic of China. ...


Speed Limit

Before Qinghe Toll Gate, maximum 80 km/h; after Qinghe Toll Gate, maximum 100 km/h. (60 km/h only in mountainous area between Nankou and Badaling; heavily enforced heading into Beijing in "Valley of Death".)
In cases of rain, snow or fog, a maximum speed limit of 60 km/h for the stretch southeast of Nankou applies (40 km/h northwest of Nankou). Most bridges southeast of Nankou have a maximum speed limit of 80 km/h but this is neglected by all and enforced by virtually none.
Speed checks are concentrated in the Madian - Bei'anhe area and get less after that, but are notoriously plenty in the "Valley of Death" part of the expressway from Badaling to Nankou, heading into Beijing. Badaling (s. ... Madian node and bridge Madian is a transportation node in Beijing. ... Badaling (s. ...


Tolls

CNY 0.5/km as of 5th Ring Road intersection for sections south of the toll gate. (The 5th Ring Road intersection is free only for vehicles heading north toward Badaling.)
Entire stretch north of the 5th Ring Road to Kangzhuang costs CNY 35 (price for small passenger cars). Networked with 6th Ring Road toll system, but not with Jingzhang Expressway system. Beijings 5th Ring Road (taken in March of 2003) The 5th Ring Road at Shangqing Bridge (July 2004 image) The Western 5th Ring Road nears the Western Hills in Beijing (July 2004 image) Beijings 5th Ring Road (Simplified Chinese: 五环路, Traditional Chinese: 五環路, Hanyu... Beijings 5th Ring Road (taken in March of 2003) The 5th Ring Road at Shangqing Bridge (July 2004 image) The Western 5th Ring Road nears the Western Hills in Beijing (July 2004 image) Beijings 5th Ring Road (Simplified Chinese: 五环路, Traditional Chinese: 五環路, Hanyu... The 6th Ring Road (Simplified Chinese: 六环路, Hanyu Pinyin: Liu Huan Lu) is an expressway ring road in Beijing, China which runs around the city approximately 15-20 kilometres from the centre of the city. ... The Jingzhang Expressway (京张高速公路, Hanyu Pinyin: Jīngzhāng Gāosù Gōnglù) is an expressway in China which links Beijing to Zhangjiakou. ...


Lanes

6 lanes (3 up, 3 down) from Madian - Nankou; 4 lanes (2 up, 2 down) thereafter. Madian node and bridge Madian is a transportation node in Beijing. ...


Surface Conditions

Good; portions further north are better.


Traffic

Mainly concentrated in Madian - Huilongguan section. Shangqing Bridge is a traffic bottleneck. Potentially slow after Juyongguan (mountainous). Madian node and bridge Madian is a transportation node in Beijing. ... The 5th Ring Road at Shangqing Bridge (July 2004 image) Shangqing Bridges Problem: Jammed Traffic (as can be seen on the bridge) (July 2004 image) Shangqing Bridge (Hanyu Pinyin: Shangqing Qiao) is an overpass in Beijing. ... Juyongguan or Juyonguan Pass is located in an 18 kilometer-long valley named Guangou which is inside Changping County more than 50 kilometers from Beijing City. ...


Warning: Horrendous traffic jams can clog up to the extent that the stretch from Madian to Jianxiang can become a three-lane car park during rush hour. For the stretch after that until the Qinghe Toll Gate, the right part of the expressway can get clogged up with vehicles leaving the expressway. During both rush hour periods, the Huilongguan exit is likely to form a huge traffic line. Madian node and bridge Madian is a transportation node in Beijing. ...


Major Exits

Beijing Section: N. 3rd Ring Road, N. 4th Ring Road, N. 5th Ring Road, Huilongguan, N. 6th Ring Road, Changping, Nankou, Badaling, Yanqing. 3rd Ring Road (Southeastern segment, taken in July of 2004) The 3rd Ring Road pinyin: San Huan Lu) is a 48-kilometer city ring road that encircles the centre of the city of Beijing. ... Beijings 4th Ring Road (April 2003 image) Eastern 4th Ring Road (August 2004 image) The 4th Ring Road (Hanyu Pinyin: Si Huan Lu) is an express route ring road in Beijing, China which runs around the city approximately 8 kilometres from the centre of the city. ... Beijings 5th Ring Road (taken in March of 2003) The 5th Ring Road at Shangqing Bridge (July 2004 image) The Western 5th Ring Road nears the Western Hills in Beijing (July 2004 image) Beijings 5th Ring Road (Simplified Chinese: 五环路, Traditional Chinese: 五環路, Hanyu... The 6th Ring Road (Simplified Chinese: 六环路, Hanyu Pinyin: Liu Huan Lu) is an expressway ring road in Beijing, China which runs around the city approximately 15-20 kilometres from the centre of the city. ... Changping District (Simplified Chinese: 昌平区; Traditional Chinese: 昌平區; Hanyu Pinyin: Chāngpíng QÅ«) is situated at the suburb of northwest Beijing. ... Badaling (s. ...


Service Areas

One for both directions near Xisanqi and near Baige/Changping. Changping District (Simplified Chinese: 昌平区; Traditional Chinese: 昌平區; Hanyu Pinyin: Chāngpíng Qū) is situated at the suburb of northwest Beijing. ...


Connections

Ring Roads of Beijing: Connects with the N. 3rd Ring Road at Madian, the N. 4th Ring Road at Jianxiang, the N. 5th Ring Road at Qinghe, and the N. 6th Ring Road at Baige. The eastern 3rd Ring Road (August 2004 image) Beijing is one of the very few cities to possess multiple ring roads (or beltways). ... 3rd Ring Road (Southeastern segment, taken in July of 2004) The 3rd Ring Road pinyin: San Huan Lu) is a 48-kilometer city ring road that encircles the centre of the city of Beijing. ... Madian node and bridge Madian is a transportation node in Beijing. ... Beijings 4th Ring Road (April 2003 image) Eastern 4th Ring Road (August 2004 image) The 4th Ring Road (Hanyu Pinyin: Si Huan Lu) is an express route ring road in Beijing, China which runs around the city approximately 8 kilometres from the centre of the city. ... Beijings 5th Ring Road (taken in March of 2003) The 5th Ring Road at Shangqing Bridge (July 2004 image) The Western 5th Ring Road nears the Western Hills in Beijing (July 2004 image) Beijings 5th Ring Road (Simplified Chinese: 五环路, Traditional Chinese: 五環路, Hanyu... The 6th Ring Road (Simplified Chinese: 六环路, Hanyu Pinyin: Liu Huan Lu) is an expressway ring road in Beijing, China which runs around the city approximately 15-20 kilometres from the centre of the city. ...


Jingzhang Expressway: Becomes the Jingzhang Expressway west of the City Boundary toll gate. The Jingzhang Expressway (京张高速公路, Hanyu Pinyin: Jīngzhāng Gāosù Gōnglù) is an expressway in China which links Beijing to Zhangjiakou. ...


The Expressway and the Great Wall

The Badaling Expressway and the Great Wall at Shuiguan (July 2004 image)
The Badaling Expressway and the Great Wall at Shuiguan (July 2004 image)

The expressway, of course, passes by the Great Wall of China in the Badaling region. As a result, it offers three exits which are linked immediately (or in the vicinity of) with the Great Wall. (Note: All of these exits are in the split section of the expressway heading out of Beijing.) Very close to the expressway: The Great Wall at Shuiguan (July 2004 photo) Taken by Wikipedian DF08 in July of 2004. ... Very close to the expressway: The Great Wall at Shuiguan (July 2004 photo) Taken by Wikipedian DF08 in July of 2004. ... The Great Wall in the winter The Great Wall of China (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ; literally The long wall of 10,000 Li (里)¹) is a Chinese fortification built from the 5th century BC until the beginning of the 17th century, in order to protect the various dynasties from raids...


Juyongguan Exit - Exit No. 15: The Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass is linked immediately with the expressway. Juyongguan Pass is a fort which is nearest Beijing the most. Needless to say, a stretch of Great Wall is also next to the Pass.


Shuiguan Exit - Exit No. 16: The Great Wall at Shuiguan is little-known, but interesting, and also very challenging. It is extremely steep, but at the top, offers you a spectacular view and even allows you to see (though not visit up-close) a stretch of the Wall which has yet to be repaired (also known as "the wild Great Wall"). Note: There is no entry back into the expressway; you must proceed by minor routes back to Juyongguan.


Badaling Exit - Exit No. 18: By far the most famous and the most frequented of all three exits is the one at Badaling. After passing a large car park, you head for the Badaling Great Wall, which has been frequented by millions of visitors.


The "Valley of Death"

The warning sign: You have been warned!
The warning sign: You have been warned!
The Badaling Expressway entering Beijing, in the "Valley of Death" (September 2002 image)
The Badaling Expressway entering Beijing, in the "Valley of Death" (September 2002 image)

The ubiquitous warning signal alerting drivers not to drive too quickly in the Valley of Death on the Badaling Expressway. ... The ubiquitous warning signal alerting drivers not to drive too quickly in the Valley of Death on the Badaling Expressway. ... Badaling Expressway - Valley of Death, taken August 2002 Taken by Wikipedian DF08 in August of 2002. ... Badaling Expressway - Valley of Death, taken August 2002 Taken by Wikipedian DF08 in August of 2002. ...

The Problem

Kilometre sections 50-55 of the expressway into Beijing has what the road sign labels as "serial downgrades". It actually means that there are continuous curves heading downward, spiralling downward. If one speeds in this section, fatal accidents can occur -- and many have, racking up a horrendous death toll. Thus the nickname "valley of death". (Actually, judging from the scenery alone, the nickname just doesn't do it justice.) It begins right after the first tunnel after the expressway splits at Badaling, entering Beijing.


The Measures Taken in Response

After seeing more than enough vehicles and people plunge to premature deaths in this part of the expressway, the Beijing police authorities reacted vigorously and enacted a low speed limit of 60 km/h for light-duty vehicles and 40 km/h for lorries. Lorries with questionable brakes get forced into a service area; ditto for overloaded lorries. Massive, repetitive and nearly ubiquitous signposts were put in place, urging people to slow down. Meanwhile, numerous cameras are on permanent lookout for people who drive too quickly. For speeders, a valley-wide loudspeaker system broadcasts their vehicle licence number, and an electronic display records the licence plate of the speeding vehicle. Those who are caught face punishment (read: stiff punishment); according to the Road Traffic Safety Law of the People's Republic of China, if one drives in excess of 50% of the regulated limit, one loses one's driving licence for good (plus a 2-year waiting period for reapplications) and gets a whopping CNY 2000 fine (approximately $260 USD). The Road Traffic Safety Law of the Peoples Republic of China (中华人民共和国道路交通安全法) is a law which was passed by the National Peoples Congress of the Peoples Republic of China on October 28, 2003, promulgated...


Five cameras and a GPRS wireless network for violator data transfer make this system apparently undefeatable. There is little tolerance outside of the signposted speed limits.


In rare cases, police have reportedly stopped speeders near the disused Juyongguan toll gate.


Safety and Results

Car safety is also a big feature on this part of the expressway. There are plenty of Emergency Brake-Fail areas, where cars in distress can brake by rolling into an upward hill full of pebbles, which would slow the car down. There is what is called a "Vehicle Self-Check Line", or actually an emergency bay, where questionable cars can be parked and the car itself be checked for any technical glitches.


The results are paying off. Over two hundred days after the implementation of the new system, a fatal accident has yet to occur. Meanwhile, drivers are driving more carefully, and speeders are given the punishment they deserve. The strong anti-speeding deterrent is also working well.


List of Exits

Beijing Section

Listed are exits heading north and northwest as of Madian (N. 3rd Ring Road).
Symbols: ↗ = exit (↘ = exit only, → = only when heading for Kangzhuang, ← = only when heading for Madian), ⇆ = main interchange; ¥ = central toll gate, S = service area Madian node and bridge Madian is a transportation node in Beijing. ... 3rd Ring Road (Southeastern segment, taken in July of 2004) The 3rd Ring Road pinyin: San Huan Lu) is a 48-kilometer city ring road that encircles the centre of the city of Beijing. ...

Continues as Jingzhang Expressway

3rd Ring Road (Southeastern segment, taken in July of 2004) The 3rd Ring Road pinyin: San Huan Lu) is a 48-kilometer city ring road that encircles the centre of the city of Beijing. ... 3rd Ring Road (Southeastern segment, taken in July of 2004) The 3rd Ring Road pinyin: San Huan Lu) is a 48-kilometer city ring road that encircles the centre of the city of Beijing. ... Beijings 4th Ring Road (April 2003 image) Eastern 4th Ring Road (August 2004 image) The 4th Ring Road (Hanyu Pinyin: Si Huan Lu) is an express route ring road in Beijing, China which runs around the city approximately 8 kilometres from the centre of the city. ... Beijings 4th Ring Road (April 2003 image) Eastern 4th Ring Road (August 2004 image) The 4th Ring Road (Hanyu Pinyin: Si Huan Lu) is an express route ring road in Beijing, China which runs around the city approximately 8 kilometres from the centre of the city. ... Beijings 5th Ring Road (taken in March of 2003) The 5th Ring Road at Shangqing Bridge (July 2004 image) The Western 5th Ring Road nears the Western Hills in Beijing (July 2004 image) Beijings 5th Ring Road (Simplified Chinese: 五环路, Traditional Chinese: 五環路, Hanyu... Beijings 5th Ring Road (taken in March of 2003) The 5th Ring Road at Shangqing Bridge (July 2004 image) The Western 5th Ring Road nears the Western Hills in Beijing (July 2004 image) Beijings 5th Ring Road (Simplified Chinese: 五环路, Traditional Chinese: 五環路, Hanyu... Shahe (沙河) is a city in Xingtai Prefecture (邢台市) in southern Hebei province of the Peoples Republic of China. ... The 6th Ring Road (Simplified Chinese: 六环路, Hanyu Pinyin: Liu Huan Lu) is an expressway ring road in Beijing, China which runs around the city approximately 15-20 kilometres from the centre of the city. ... Mentougou District is in west Beijing. ... Shunyi District is an administrative District outside of Beijing proper. ... The 6th Ring Road (Simplified Chinese: 六环路, Hanyu Pinyin: Liu Huan Lu) is an expressway ring road in Beijing, China which runs around the city approximately 15-20 kilometres from the centre of the city. ... Changping District (Simplified Chinese: 昌平区; Traditional Chinese: 昌平區; Hanyu Pinyin: Chāngpíng QÅ«) is situated at the suburb of northwest Beijing. ... Standing in the Spirit Way at the Ming Tombs looking back towards the entry gate. ... Changping District (Simplified Chinese: 昌平区; Traditional Chinese: 昌平區; Hanyu Pinyin: Chāngpíng QÅ«) is situated at the suburb of northwest Beijing. ... Changping District (Simplified Chinese: 昌平区; Traditional Chinese: 昌平區; Hanyu Pinyin: Chāngpíng QÅ«) is situated at the suburb of northwest Beijing. ... Huairou District (Simplified Chinese: 怀柔区; Traditional Chinese: 懷柔區; Hanyu Pinyin: Huáiróu QÅ«) is situated at northeast Beijing. ... Standing in the Spirit Way at the Ming Tombs looking back towards the entry gate. ... The Great Wall in the winter The Great Wall of China (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ; literally The long wall of 10,000 Li (里)¹) is a Chinese fortification built from the 5th century BC until the beginning of the 17th century, in order to protect the various dynasties from raids... Juyongguan or Juyonguan Pass is located in an 18 kilometer-long valley named Guangou which is inside Changping County more than 50 kilometers from Beijing City. ... The Great Wall in the winter The Great Wall of China (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ; literally The long wall of 10,000 Li (里)¹) is a Chinese fortification built from the 5th century BC until the beginning of the 17th century, in order to protect the various dynasties from raids... The Great Wall in the winter The Great Wall of China (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ; literally The long wall of 10,000 Li (里)¹) is a Chinese fortification built from the 5th century BC until the beginning of the 17th century, in order to protect the various dynasties from raids... Badaling (s. ... Badaling (s. ... The Jingzhang Expressway (京张高速公路, Hanyu Pinyin: Jīngzhāng Gāosù Gōnglù) is an expressway in China which links Beijing to Zhangjiakou. ...

See also


The China National Highways are a series of trunk roads throughout all of China. ... The Jingcheng Expressway near Gaoliying (July 2004 image) The Jingha Expressway (July 2004 image) The Jingshi Expressway (July 2004 image) The Airport Expressway near the toll gate (July 2004 image) The Jingkai Expressway near the Southern 4th Ring Road (October 2004 image) Beijing was first linked to outside areas by... Chinese expressway, complete with signage. ...

Roads and Expressways of Beijing Expressway Overpass
Main Roads: Chang'an Avenue (East, West) | Ping'an Avenue | Zhongzhou Road (North, South)
Ring Roads: Open: 2nd Ring Road | 3rd Ring Road | 4th Ring Road | 5th Ring Road | 6th Ring Road
Projected: 7th Ring Road |
Expressways: Open: Badaling Expressway (Jingda Expressway) | Jingcheng Expressway | Airport Expressway | Jingtong Expressway | Jingha Expressway | Jingshen Expressway | Jingjintang Expressway (Jinghu Expressway) | Jingkai Expressway | Jingshi Expressway (Jingzhu Expressway)
Partially under construction: Jingcheng Expressway | Jingkai Expressway | Northern Airport Line | Jingping Expressway | Jingbao Expressway | Litian Expressway
Projected: 2nd Airport Expressway | Jingjin Expressway (North, South)
7 National Expressways: Jingtai Expressway (projected) | Jinghu Expressway | Jinggang'ao Expressway (partially complete) | Jingkun Expressway | Jingla Expressway (projected) | Jingwu Expressway (projected) | Jingha Expressway (alternate route)
National Highways G101 | G102 | G103 | G104 | G105 | G106 | G107 | G108 | G109 | G110 | G111

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BIGpedia - Badaling - Encyclopedia and Dictionary Online (132 words)
The portion of the wall running through the site was built during the Ming Dynasty, along with a military outpost reflecting the location's strategic importance.
The portion of the wall at Badaling has undergone heavy restoration, and in 1957 it was the first section of the wall to open to tourists.
The recently completed Badaling Expressway connects Badaling with Beijing city.
Jingzhang Expressway: Information from Answers.com (867 words)
With the traffic situation as it is, and with the onslaught of more traffic, work on the expressway started in 1998, culminating in the completion of the entire expressway on November 16, 2002.
The Jingzhang Expressway runs within Hebei province, although the very beginning of the expressway is in Beijing municipality.
The Jingzhang Expressway's final segment -- that linking it to the Badaling Expressway -- was completed in November 2002.
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