¡°Badaling Great Wall is an everlasting monument in the diplomatic history of New China,¡± said Qian Qichen, former vice-premier and foreign minister, in praise of the role of Badaling Great Wall in the country¡¯s diplomatic history.
In 1954, Premier Zhou Enlai showed Jawaharlal Nehru, India¡¯s first prime minister, round Badaling Great Wall. It was the first time for the country to receive a foreign state leader at the Great Wall. Since then, Badaling Great Wall has turned into an important place for the Chinese Government to entertain foreign guests making state visits. The age-old great wall, lit up with the bloom of youth, shoulders a new historical mission to give voice to the world in its unique modes that the Chinese people love peace and cherish friendship.
In 1972, President Richard Nixon of the United States climbed up the Badaling Great Wall. In the face of all the majesty of the Great Wall, he uttered a sigh ¡°Only a great nation, in order to come to such a great build the Great Wall. In 2002, US President George W Bush toured Badaling Great Wall after a successful state visit to China. He stood at the same spot where President Nixon visited, and prompted a witty remark ¡°I will surpass the record of President Nixon.¡± Before departure, President Bush wrote down in the visitors¡¯ book ¡°May our people enjoy a lasting peace and good luck.¡±
To date, Badaling Great Wall has received a total of 150 million Chinese and foreign visitors. They included 460 heads of states, heads of governments and numerous men of the day, such as Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Elizabeth II, Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Boris Yeltsin, George W. Bush, Vladimir Putin, and Barack Obama. They have left historical footsteps here and their infinite impressions of the Great Wall. They have sown seeds of friendship here and sung the songs of peace.
For this purpose, in 2002, Badaling Great Wall was conferred by the Shanghai Great World Entertainment Center Disney headquarters the Guinness records as a ¡°scenic spot receiving the largest number of tourists in the world¡± and a ¡°scenic spot receiving the largest number of foreign heads of state and heads of government.¡±