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We woke up to a sunny day and had a buffet breakfast in the hotel before heading out on our day trip. We were going to hike the Great Wall and see the Summer Palace with our guide Chris Wang.

Mutianyu Great Wall

The ride up to the Great Wall at Mutianyu took over an hour. On the ride over there we spent most of the time talking with Chris about the wall. Our excitement built up on our ride. Finally we made it to the Great Wall! We were dropped off at the bottom of the wall and we opted to hop on a chair lift up to the top of the wall. The ride was fun and I got a great view and panoramic photography of the snaking wall up above. Though we paid extra for that experience, it was totally worth it! Soon we were landed on the wall and started to hike along. Luckily we went to this less touristy section of the wall, so we were actually able to enjoy walking around and taking pictures at our own pace. We spent about two hours hiking the wall before it was time to make it back down the mountain! After hours of walking around on the wall, we both got really tired and our ankles hurt! So when we got back to the toboggan site to get down, we just took the slide without hesitation. The toboggan is simply a metal slide that was part of the fun too for our wall hiking experience.

Summer Palace

Getting the wall, safe and sound, we headed to a restaurant for lunch. The food was not anything special, just typical Beijing food. After the lunch break, we hit the road back in town to visit the Summer Palace! The garden houses a number of temples and covers a vast area of land. We walked up to the top of the Longevity Hill to get some panoramic view of the whole park. We took some pictures of the lake and surrounding areas while standing on the hill. Later we went to walk through part of the Long Corridor by the lake.

Overall, it was an incredible day we had and we both had lots of fun!

Hiking in Suburb of Beijing

This summer, my son and I visited China. We launched our travel from Beijing and did some sightseeing in the city proper. One day we decided to see the Great Wall at Badaling and a gorge nearby. We made an early start with our guide from our hotel and hit the road for Badaling first.

Badaling Great Wall

It took us about an hour to get to the foothill of the wall. We decided to take the cable car up so we could have more time explore the wall. Once we got up there the size of the wall completely blew us away. We were both overwhelmed while standing on the engineering feat of China. Our guide Lee filled us some stories about the wall. So many people died to build such a massive structure. We took our time exploring the wall, walking around, taking in the views, feeling the stones underneath our feet. It seemed the wall went as far as our eyes could see. Everywhere we walked there was great photo opportunity. After hiking for two hours on the wall we headed back down.

Longqing Gorge

By the time we got back down we headed to a restaurant for lunch. With the steep climbs and hot weather on the wall, we were both very tired and had to take some rest. After our lunch break, we headed out to the second stop, Long Qing Gorge. After entering the entrance, we walked into a plaza filled with sculptures, rocks and waterfalls. We saw lots of pigeons on the open plaza and fed a few of them. Next, we took a ride on Soaring Dragon Elevator to get up the steep mountain. We entered through a doorway that looked like the open mouth of Chinese dragon. The outside was more exciting than the elevator ride. We also took a boat ride cruising the beautiful river and afterwards we did a bit of hiking back on land. The views over there were just incredible, with lovely hills, steep cliffs and river all over the place. The off the beaten path gorge is really a great place to relax and take in rural China sights. When it was time to head back, we found our way back to the entrance and got back to the city center with our guide.

Overall, it was a great day trip we had outside Beijing and we both enjoyed every minute of it!

Marvelous Attractions, Well-designed Tour

Staying in China for three years, I have not the chance to appreciate Beijing in-depth. By the chance my mother coming, we booked this 2 days Beijing tour. I clearly remembered the booking process is so easy that we got the detail information about the tour.

Mutianyu Great Wall

The first day, we felt very proud that we got closer to Mutianyu Great Wall. It is a charming building with large scale trees and plants. Its best preserved appearance left me a deep impression. Tourists here are less than I expected. After arriving at this attraction, we enjoyed the gorgeous sceneries and tasted the local culture. To be honest, I did not like the vendors ranking along. I liked the purity atmosphere. Every stage we stepped, I will arouse different feeling. Ground is level with hard bricks. Surrounded trees are just like the protective screen sheltering from the strong sunlight. We enjoyed the terrific hiking journey. Sometimes, we sited for a while and sometimes, we took pictures with the surrounded. With the hiking journey more far, we got more tired, especially my mother.

Each stage for her is just like an elegant mountain waiting for passing through. After the sweat disappeared, we went on our hiking journey. There are some sections full of steep stages. We helped each other going on. We hold breath and did our best to conquer it. Standing at the top, I shouted, so cool. We choose one corner sitting down. The overview scene is so charming, people far distance are tininess. I could feel why it is described as the long-distance dragon. We got down by the cable car. It is convenient for the tired and the disabled tourists. Flying feeling surrounded us the whole journey.

Forbidden City

On the second day, we visited Forbidden City. It left us typical deep impression with well-preserved luxurious appearance and imperial tastes. I liked the palaces very much with well-arranged appearance. Each of them has certain function in the ancient times. To the regret is that most of the palaces are forbidden to enter. So, I could not get the inner appearance. We are permitted to stand outside to appreciate. It is very spacious inside with ancient desk and chair. All of them are different with modern appearance with ancient features.

2 days Beijing tour is so meaningful and I tasted a lot and learnt a lot! Beijing is really a wonderful city!

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