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1 Day Bus Tour: Beijing Hutong, Lama Temple, Panda Zoo

Second time to Beijing, the local characteristic architecture, animal and culture draw me lots. Before this itinerary, I have found a local Beijing tour operator give me directions in Beijing, also booked 1 day bus tour to Beijing ancient hutong, Lama Temple and Panda Zoo. Ready for this tour, I was so excited to see the pandas.

Next morning, I have breakfast at hotel, then met the tour guide. First stop was Beijing Zoo. It looked very beautiful in surface with classic structure and delicate decorative pattern. Entering the area of panda house, I loved them at once. They are so lovely, fat and charmingly naïve. A small panda, seemed like in young age, played happily with the manmade facilities set by workers. I much wanted to hug them but the rules. A mother panda always held its baby and helped it to eat bamboo. Tour guide said that all these pandas were the lucky animals in Olympic Games and the Asian Games. They do their things without any trouble and fight. Suddenly I wished to be panda like them. In order to remember these pandas, I bought various souvenirs.

Lama Temple

Ended panda tour, we were transferred to Lama Temple, a architecture has strong style of Tibetan Buddhism. From outlook, it is a combination of Tibet, Mongolia and China. Heard of this temple is very efficacious for the hearted wish, hence attracts a lot of sincere worshipers. So I gave a wish to the Buddhists for my family. The place was built in 1694 by Qing Emperor Kang xi for his 4th son, Prince Yongzheng who later succeeded to the throne. Later it became a lama temple. It's in the middle of the city with easy access. Not just touristic, but also religious place. It was the first temple we visited in China, but it carved in my heart.

What most interesting fantastic was the rickshaw in hutongs. The frank rider told me many stories about these unique hutongs. Gathered various shops, houses and restaurants, hutong was the local and ancient residence place for local people. Every lane had its wonderful story, spread from generation to generation.

Ended of this day, I paid much attention to the religion, culture and history about China. Of course, I was mad about these characteristics of ancient China.

Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking in Summer

This is our last day in Beijing and we were proud of conquering the world treasure – Mutianyu Great Wall. There are five sections of the Great Wall situated in Beijing and we chose the further one so that there are not crowed. However it took us more than two hours to get there. Thanks to the bright sun shine and the gentle breeze, we enjoyed a wonderful time there.

Steep Steps on Mutianyu

He who has not been to the Great Wall is not a true man! Today I got a deeper understanding about it. Climbing to the top was really a big challenge for everyone. The Wall itself was harder to walk on than I had imagined. The watch towers were raised so we were constantly climbing up to them before climbing back down the other side. The steps are very steep and very small, never straight and often with big pieces missing.

After an hour hiking tour, my legs began trembling. A long walk....With determination we started our final climb. We had to stop every 50 steps to catch our breath, but we eventually made it up to the top! So tired, but the scenery deserves it! Standing by the flag at the top, caught our breath and took in the amazing 360 degree view, we all felt very proud. Took a lot of pictures about the magnificent scenery, we started back.

However going down was a lot harder than going up! On the journey back the same way as we had come, my legs were physically shaking from over-exertion and when going down slopes I had to run as my legs didn't have the strength to walk against the steep declines! The climb was the most physically and mentally challenging thing I think I have ever done. It was a lot harder than I had ever expected and have a new found admiration for anyone who climbs the wall.

The hiking tour was so tired that on the way back to our hotel, we all sleep like a log. Anyway we are very satisfied with our tour in Beijing and I will recommend this Mutianyu hiking tour to my friends and all of you. Never hesitate, just try!

My 2 Days Bus Tour Package in Beijing

Free in Beijing, I have strong feelings to visit the most famous attractions of Beijing. So I booked the 2 day tour package online. In order to save money and time, I chosen the bus tour. Out of my imagination, the price and service offered by BeijingLandscapes.com are the best in my heart. The real advisor gave me the most suited suggestions and help. She was always patient to me every question and doubt. Last, she helped me booked this 2 days bus tour package.

First stop was Mutianyu Great Wall. Why not choosing the Badaling section? From a tour book, I knew the Badaling Great Wall is the most choices for tourists, always crowded with many people. The Mutianyu section gathers fewer tourists than Badaling, and has beautiful views. I am a little lazy, so I chosen take cable car to top. From the cable car, I enjoyed the best view including characteristic mountains. I got the best chance to take photos of the scenery.

Bird's Nest

After Mutianyu Great Wall, we visited the Ming Tombs. One the way back to hotel, I visited the Olympic Stadium, the main stadiums in Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. These two buildings stand opposite and represent the talent of Chinese people. From their name Bird Nest and Water Cube, you could image shape easily. In addition, the Chinese silk art was another place attracted me lots. Delicate hand-made and various colors, the Chinese silk art is famous all over the world. In ancient time, the famous Silk Road brought the silk arts and productions from China to many foreign countries. 

Tiananmen Tower

Second day, we continue to visit the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Temple of Heaven. They are the imperial places in ancient China. Now, walking in them, I enjoyed the imperial atmosphere and know more about Chinese imperial culture and history. Especially the Summer Palace, it has become the excise place for local people. They play Taiji, Kungfu, dancing and singing in this imperial garden. It is the most fitful place to relax and morning exercise.

After this tour package, I received the good service and price. So I write this suggestion recommend to you. This Beijing China tour operator is responsible and patient, I believe it and recommend it.

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