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Two Favorite Sections of Great Wall around Beijing

Badaling Great Wall: Badaling was the earliest part open to the visitors among all the sections of the Great Wall in Beijing. It is the closest section of Great Wall from downtown Beijing as well as regarded as the most well preserved Great Wall. Admission: RMB 45; Cable car: RMB80 (single trip); RMB100 (round trip)
Mutianyu Great Wall: Mutianyu is less crowded than Badaling because has located not so close from Beijing. It is also famous for stunning views of vegetation area in surroundings, offer relaxing hiking experience. Admission: RMB 45; Cable car: RMB60 (single trip); RMB80 (round trip)

Historical Tour Beijing

I love Beijing very much and I have been to Beijing three times. This holiday I still choose a short Beijing tour. I am very interested in Chinese history and have learnt much during my college life. So this time, I would like to see some Former Residences of Celebrities.

I once thought that this kind of tour is not popular and I have to visit them all by myself. To my surprise, I found a nice tour route including Former Residence of Lao She, Former Residence of Mei Lanfang and Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling through beijinglandscapes.com. That's great!

I've known through the book that Lao She was a noted Chinese writer. A novelist and dramatist as well, he was one of the most important figures of 20th century Chinese literature, he created more than 1,000 works, numbering 8 million characters totally. Mei Lanfang was the best known Beijing Opera master. A famous singer, actor and dancer of Beijing Opera female role Qing Yi and a key figure in the Chinese theater.

The first destination is Former Residence of Lao She, and then the Memorial of Mei Lanfang. Mei Lanfang Memorial Hall was established in November of 1986, which is a typical Siheyuan of Beijing's style which the area of about 1000 square meters. Above the red lacquer plated main gate was suspended a plaque "Mei Lanfang Memorial Hall".

Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling

The place I like best is the Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling. Former Residence of Song Cing Ling is located on the north shore of Houhai with beautiful landscape. While getting here, enjoying the view of Houhai and walking through the zigzag old hutongs is really a comfortable feeling. The large sitting room and dining room of the residence have already used as the exhibition halls on her life and career. The middle and small sitting rooms, study room and bedroom are kept and opened to visitors.

I want to say thank you very much to my tour guide. She is very experienced and kindly enough to tell me about the story about the celebrities and the history about the courtyard in Beijing. I got a lot of information during this short trip and enjoyed a wonderful time!