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Incredible Half Day Hiking

Been in Beijing for a couple of days with my brother, we both enjoyed visiting the historic city. We had so much fun and eye-opening experiences over those days. There were so many fun things to fill every day while we were there. The palace, garden, park, shopping and gourmet food, it seemed the whole city was like a treasure-trove waiting us to explore. We both loved it there and really enjoyed every minute of our vacation down there.

Badaling Great Wall

One of the most unforgettable things we did is the hike along the wall we did at Badaling for half day. The day before we went there, our guide Jane advised us to make an early start for the half-day trip, so we got up very early and had a quick breakfast too. Then we waited for Jane to show up and soon she picked us up and we all got on a car and hit the road for Badaling. The ride was quick and soon we arrived at the foothill near the wall. Once we jumped off the car, Jane led us toward a cable car station to grab a ride up the wall instead of walk up the wall on foot. The ride was great and up in the air, we got a clear view of the snaking wall. It was as incredible as it could be and we both felt so excited to finally get to see the wall. The minute we were landed on the wall, we started to hike along the wall with Jane. In the meanwhile, Jane told us a lot about the history of the wall and we also took time to snap some photos and take in the surrounding views.

The wall itself is as impressive as it could be and very awe-inspiring too. Everything seemed so perfect that day - the weather was pleasant, lovely tour guide with a good sense of humor. At first, it was very easy to hike through the stone path, but after over an hour of walk on the wall, we both felt tired and could not continue. So we stopped to get some rest and catch breath. The experience on the wall was really amazing and we both felt this is what we have been looking for on our trip to Beijing - the adventure, incredible hike and blood-pumping climbs. Later, it was time to get down, we also grabbed a fun slide down the wall and it was fun too.

Overall, the half-day hike we did is highlight of our trip to Beijing.

Trek all the Way to Mutianyu Great Wall

Last week, together with my friend Joe, we visited the Great Wall at Mutianyu section with our guide Lin. The section of the wall is not off the beaten path but it is less crowded than Badaling, so after consulting with the trip advisor of Beijinglandscapes, we decided to head over there for a trek.

Mutianyu Great Wall

We only had half day to explore the wall and enjoy the trek on the wall, so we made an early start that day. We met at our hotel and jumped on a car with Lin and hit the road to Mutianyu. The ride was pleasant and did not take much longer than we thought. We made it to the foothill of the wall at about 8:30 and found our way to the cable car station with Lin the second we got off the car. The cable car is more like a chair lift and the ride up the wall was way more fun than we expected. On the chair, we saw the wall from above for the first time and the sight of the wall snaking all over the hill was just incredible. The surrounding countryside was covered by greenery and it was really overwhelming! The chair ride was short and soon we were landed on the wall. Had no idea the wall would be that huge and solid and so excited to stand on the wall. We were both like kids when we started to trek along the wall with Lin. We both felt dizzy walking from one side of the wall to the other, taking in the views and snapping photos. The scenery was breathtaking and completely dazzled us with its beauty.

It was a sunny day and the mountain air was quite crisp when we first got on the wall. But after an hour of trek on the wall, it got pretty warm and we soon got sweaty and puffing all the time and had to take some rest at some points on the wall. Lin filled us in plenty of history about the wall. The history made our trek on the wall more fun and enjoyable. After regaining our strength and not wanting to waste any time, we trekked and puffed the rest of the path. When it was time to get down the wall, we also grabbed a tobogon ride. The slide was fun too, running all the way down the hillside. Later we headed back to the city with Lin.

Overall, we really spent fun-filled half day exploring the wall in Beijing. Best Chinese ever!

Half Day Tour, Full of Pleasure

Just come to Beijing for business, I stayed in Beijing one day. For the half day free time, I enjoyed the Badaling Great Wall. The tour is very responsible leading me feel very happy. Booking this tour is the suggestion of my friend who have visited before. By the rare chance to Beijing, it is a must to get close to the world wonder.

Badaling Great Wall

I got up early and waited my tour guide. She told me the unique magnificence of Badaling Great Wall. I got on the car and started our journey. On the way, tour guide and I, we talked from Chinese ancient history to the background of Chinese Great Wall, from the past to the modern faster economy. In many topics, we held same ideas. About 1.5 hour, we arrived at Badaling. Weather on the day is very climate, shining everything. Temperature is little cooler. What I liked best is the environment. Located in the Beijing suburb area, Badaling Great Wall is just like a solitary guard protecting everything.

Just sanding at the foot, I can taste its brave and original atmosphere. Exciting feeling started to surround me in the beginning. I took out my preparation and climbed to the 'history teller'. First time come to visit Great Wall, I did not know there would be vendors here. They shouted and sold various souvenirs. I did not feel any tiredness just roaming in the noisy world. After ten minutes, I came to the ground where the venders are less. Oh, so terrific! I see the breathtaking scenery far away. Even the layout of the Great Wall far away appeared to me with dragon-style appearance. I admire the sceneries very much. If carefully appreciated, some wild flowers can be found in the wall corners. The watchtowers show very similar as the book said. Standing inside, I felt the feeling and war scene of ancient China. Journey is becoming closer and closer, but I felt more and more tired. At last, each step needs my all effort. I supported the wall with my hand finishing the remaining distance. Breath became very hard.

I counted the steps and encouraged myself. Yes, finally I was the hero finishing the whole journey. Mysterious exciting feeling cannot be expressed by any words!

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