Who of the World Leaders Have Visited the Great Wall?

Of all the sections of the Great Wall, Badaling is the most famous and largest one. It receives the most visitors, with more foreign guests from more countries visiting than any other section. The wall displays the history and culture of China.

Being the pride of China and a world cultural relic, Badaling Great Wall attracts lots of attention. Almost as a matter of protocol, most foreign leaders and heads of government visit Badaling when they visit China.

In 1957, Badaling received the first foreign honored guest - President Voroshilov, the then President of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. In the following fifty years, over 400 world leaders have visited Badaling, including President Nixon, President Ronald Reagan, President George Walker Bush, Queen Elizabeth II, Mrs.Margaret Thatcher, President Yeltsin, President Putin, President Mandela and Emperor Akihito.

Over 80 world leaders have left valued pieces of calligraphy or best wishes. By far, Badaling has received about 150 million visitors at home and abroad. It is regarded as the monument in the history of China's diplomacy and the first brand of China's tourism industry.

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