Chairman Mao said, “The one who did not climb up the Great Wall
was not a real man.” The Great Wall is definitely the pride of Chinaand a magnificent world cultural relic. Among all the sections of the Great Wall, Badaling Section is the most famous and largest one. Compare with other sections, it receives more visitors and foreign guests. It draws a lot of attention all over the world. Most foreign leaders and officials of Government, when they visit China, will come to the Badaling Great Wall.
President Voroshilov, the then President of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of theUSSR, visited the Great Wall in 1957. He was the first foreign honored guest of the Great Wall inChina.
Constantin Dascalescu, former Prime Minister of Romania, visited the Great Wall at Badaling on Nov. 30, 1983.
Ronald Reagan, former President of theUnited States, visited the Great Wall in 1984.
Roman Herzog, former German President visited Badaling on Nov.18, 1996.
Bill Clinton, former President of theUnited States, visited the Great Wall in 1998.
George W. Bush, former President of theUnited States, visited the Great Wall in 2002.
President Barack Obama tours the Great Wall inBadaling,China, Wednesday, Nov.18, 2009.
Up to now, over 400 world leaders have visited Badaling Great wall. In addition of the leaders listed above, President Nixon, President Ronald Reagan, Queen Elizabeth II, Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, President Yeltsin, President Putin, President Mandela and Emperor Akihito all had came to China and went to the Great Wall a visit.
More than 80 world leader left their valued pieces of calligraphies with best wishes. Now, Badaling Great Wall has received about 1,500,000 visitors both at home and aboard. It is regarded as the monument in the history ofChinadiplomacy and also the 1st Brand in the tourism industry ofChina.