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World Heritage Site Seeking in Beijing

It was a fine day last Saturday, so my friend Jeff and I packed some stuff in our backpacks and set out with our tour guide Lee on a trip to see the Great Wall at Mutianyu section as well as the Temple of Heaven – two amazing world heritage sites in Beijing.

Mutianyu Great Wall

We met at our hotel and jumped on a car heading for Mutianyu. It took us about half and an hour to get there as Chinese guys were very active on weekends. On our ride over there, Lee had some small talk with us just to get acquainted. It was kind of fun to chat with Lee who was very funny and knowledgeable the whole time. We arrived at Mutianyu before we knew it while we were all engaged in talking with each other, so time must have slipped through our minds. Lee helped us to get the entrance ticket and pay for the cable car, so we all hopped on the cable car up the hill. On our ride up the hill, I got an amazing sight of the Great Wall snaking along the green-covered mountains, totally took my breath away! Once we landed on the stone path, we started trekking along right away. Mutianyu section was not as packed as the Badaling section, so we got to explore the wall at our own leisurely pace and just have fun! Great pics all over the wall, we kept snapping our cameras here and there and no doubt Lee was the busiest one in charge of taking group photos for us! It was a fantastic time we had on the wall with Lee and lots of fun too!

Temple of Heaven

After getting off the wall on a toboggan tide, Lee took us to a nearby restaurant for lunch, the food we had there was amazing! Afterwards, we headed back to town and completed our day trip with a visit to the famous Temple of Heaven. The park was pretty massive and packed with crowds, but we managed to enjoy some sightseeing at our own pace, no rush at all! The lovely and weird architecture was no doubt the highlight of the park and every detail of the hall was eye-catching. Our quick stroll through the park is certainly an essential Chinese experience! We both loved this heritage-site seeking and we surely wanted to see more of Beijing during the rest of our days in Beijing!

Amazing Half-day Hiking to Badaling Great Wall

This is my first visit to Beijing! I have long wanted to travel to China but it never worked out, so this time I really made it to Beijing – the capital city of China. You have no idea how excited I was when I saw the city for the first time! I could not believe my own eyes – what an amazing city it is! After settling down in my hotel and having a great dinner, I joined a half day tour to Badaling with our tour guide Chen. It was really fun and a blood-pumping experience while we were hiking all the way up the Great Wall! Never did something like that before, felt like I was going to faint from time to time. The trekking on the wall was much of a challenge for me, after an hour of hiking, I got tired and all, but I got to say, it was all worth it! I really had a wonderful time and a lot of fun with my fellow travelers!

Badaling Great Wall

We were told to set out early just to beat the crazy crowds and it took us about an hour to get to the foot of the hill where the Great Wall is built upon. Looking from afar, the snaking wall meanders along the rugged ranges – really marvelous and spectacular! And it was even more amazing when I stood on the wall myself and looked around at the sweeping view of the surroundings extending as far as my eyes could see! We were all competing with each other, busy with finding great spots to snap amazing photos and enjoying the breathtaking views and the like. More amazing was that Chen kept filling us with the interesting history and legend about the Great Wall. It was really fun and exciting while listening to him to show us the behind-story about the engineering feat!

Along the way we took some rest by the watch towers and talked with each other. It was kind of surprising to find out that some of the fellows came from USA too. We kind of hit it off immediately, talking about our visit to China and sharing our stories with each other! Time went by! It was time for us to get down the wall before we knew it! We all did not want to leave so soon, but it was time, so we got down the wall riding a toboggan – it was really a fun ride! We all had a fantastic time with this hiking to Badaling! Loved it!

Excellent View especially in the Early Spring

In order to give my mother a surprising gift, I booked this day tour. I spared my study time in China and lead my mother explored the highlights of Beijing. Although the time is not planed in the holiday and the weekends, every spots still filled with crowded tourists. Tour guide was a handsome boy. He housed full knowledge about Chinese history and the background of each spot we will explored. First section is the Mutianyu Great Wall. Yes, it is the right theme gift I want to give my mother.

Mutianyu Great Wall

We three talked about Chinese Great Wall buildings on the whole journey cultivating harmonious atmosphere. In the season, I saw the sprout trees, flowers and the plants both side. After getting off the car, what appeared in my vision are the trees distributing in the foot of the great wall. They seemed to have been washed by the rain, fresh, clear and dazzling. Tourists here is less making us feel more leisure and free. Perhaps it is in the free season, vendors here are no so many as I expected. While communicating, we stepped on the Mutianyu Great Wall. In the beginning the stages are made mood easy to step and gently. After some stages, we got to a long gently wall journey. Watch towers and the beacon towers appreciated here. How wonderful! My mother praised and thumbed up. We were truly getting the right section. Its best preserved appearance was the theme point we want to highly recommend. Standing inside the watch tower, appreciate the far distance, all the scenery seemed to be little and delicate. Weather is warm warming the whole journey.

Mutianyu Great Wall

We went on hiking and talking. The tourists visiting here are almost the foreigners. Sometime, little birds singing on the head bring special new life to this sophisticated building. The whole journey was very helpful for taking pictures. Conon model established on the wall attracted loads of attention. Even some people getting tired sitting on it, I think it is very interesting and funny! About 1 hour, we climbed on the top section. Exciting and happy feeling surrounded us all the way.  In the afternoon, we came to Forbidden City. Some corners have been reconstructed. Especially the outer walls, holy and magnificent! Yellow colors showed more vigorous and gaily-colored!

This tour experience satisfied my dream of making my mother happy. I will store it in my inner heart!

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