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1 Day Tour to Badaling Great Wall & Forbidden City

Booked this one day private tour to Badaling Great Wall and Forbidden City is my best decision during my tours in Beijing. Just one day, I appreciated the strong history atmosphere and cultural deposits. I was so excited at the night before the tour day. Just from magazine, the Great Wall is only one man-made project visible from moon. Stretching more than 6,400 kilometers, the Great Wall is one of the world wonders.

Forbidden City

Woke up early because of the happy mood. The tour guide and driver picked me up on time, first to the Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. The tour guide said that these also the famous attractions as famous as the Badaling Great Wall. I was so lucky to enjoy the entirely different group of buildings from modern buildings. The emperors in China were so rich that they could spend so much money on the constructions. This Forbidden City is really large, I doubted that how they live in it with this large area? Did they find the places clearly? I really respected to these imperial people living in this huge construction. During this visiting in Forbidden City, I heard of many interesting stories about the imperial life in ancient China. They were the big harvest in this tour.

Badaling Great Wall Tour

After lunch, we transferred to the Great Wall at Badaling eventually. If you are not first in Beijing personally, you could not have the feeling as me. I was athrill on the way. Arrived at the destination, wow, really good in long distance. I must experience this huge project personally. This was a fabulous highlight of our trip to China. We all see pictures of the wall but to actually climb it and stand on it has so much meaning. Can you imagine 300,000 men built this - how on earth was it achieved and amazing site? The only one pity was the crowded people, if less people, I prefer to stay on it for ling time.

In addition, you would do well to be relatively fit for this and good footwear and layers are must. Taking cable car is good idea to enjoy the grand view of the Badaling Great Wall, at same time, you can avoid the crowded people. Highly recommend!

Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking - Great Time

Having experienced several sections of the Great Wall like Badaling, Mutianyu and Jiayuguan section, I always have a wish to visit the Jinshanling section. Chinese people have the noted saying acting on the dream. Surfed on the net, I booked a 1 day bus tour to Jinshanling Great Wall, offered by a Beijing China travel agency. This way saved much more time and troublesome.

With small group and English speaking tour guide, I was transferred to Jinshanling Great Wall, about 2.5~3 hours from Beijing. Arrived at Jinshanling, I found that was the destination I wanted. More remote and less crowded than Badaling, Jinshanling section is more fitful to explore in adventure. In more natural state, Jinshanling told the most original story about the Great Wall. Conditions are rougher than other sections and it may be unsuited for persons prone to vertigo, because of the unguarded walls.

Jinshanlilng Great Wall in Sunshine

Not maintained as well as Badaling and Mutianyu, here is the ideal section to see the real Great Wall for me. This section is most suited for hiking, to enjoy the surroundings and beautiful scenery without many manmade traces. Of course, you can also take cable car to the top, and the price is less than others. Hiking the Great Wall gave me great chance to forget the problems and things in daily life. Breathe the fresh air, hug the nature, I was addicted into its charming. Not any quiet more, just stay at this moment. The process is little tired, but the feeling of spray sweet is the best for me. Stood on the top, felt like I'm on TOP of The World. I told myself I conquered this Great Wall. Moment, the success covered nonconfidence in your work, friends or love. The vast ever-going Great Wall makes one wonders how they built it in those days.

Give yourself a chance to recover confidence, Jinshanling is ideal place. Old wall and tower tell the story of defending and protecting. Walking through these stops in Jinshanling section, I seemed back to the wars in ancient time to witness these wars in ancient China.

Have not given full expression to this view, I was sent back to hotel. Although short time, I spend my power on it but well worth it. Great place!

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!

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