Again this will be a tourist trap if you don't know how to haggle ok! you can haggle great wall key chains at 8 RMB aeach, ceramic refrigerator magnets at 8 RMb, Great Wall T-Shirts at 35-40 RMB, pewter great wall displays at 50 RMB and other stuffs. Again this will be a tourist trap if you don't HAGGLE! remember to feign nonchalance and act as leaving to be able to get them lower to the price you want ok!
bottled water drinks are 5 RMb, Bottle Juice is 6 RMB, Chinese Sausages at 4 RMB here.
Unique Suggestions: don't buy anything if you don't want!
Fun Alternatives: none
We made this tour to the Great Wall and due to lack of time we had to take this sleigh instead of walking. Man... we are not children anymore! I felt so stupid sitting in this small sleigh...
Unique Suggestions: Insist in walking up the Great Wall. It might take a while, but you see much more and you don't have to feel stupid....
Due to the distance between Beijing and the Great Wall we opted for a scheduled visit. The hotel has several chances to tour and this is one of the possible. It is economic, because a small bus picks up people in different hotels, the lunch is included and we have not to worry anymore. However, only arrives at the desired location after lunch.
After spending the morning traffic of Beijing, we had the first stop, objects of jade factory... Of course that was not part of the route, but here Jade is very sold, and seems to be a good policy, buses stop there. Nobody bought anything! Later before lunch we had to stop another surprise: a traditional Chinese medicine clinic. The idea was that someone would do treatments after an assessment very quickly. Again no one was interested. I do not know whether this form of marketing will be effective! ~~
Next stop, the Ming tombs. There followed a lunch served in a room in the same jade factory, where we sat at round tables in groups. Several dishes and tea were placed on the center of the table. It was not bad, but the underlying idea was that once again we buy anything at the end.
Finally in the afternoon we arrived at the beautiful wall and we had a few hours to spend there before returning to a complicated traffic of Beijing. Again I loved the wall, but the next time I would consider otherwise of visiting.
Way too many people at the BaDaLing section of the wall. Don't go there.
Unique Suggestions: Well, if you are stuck going there, at least go on the darn wall. You did make the trip. But try to avoid the street vendors. Most of the stuff you can get cheaper in markets in the city.
Fun Alternatives: Go to some less conjested sections of the wall, check a tour book like Lonely Planet's China book.
If you go to see the Wall in Badaling, the best way to go up is NOT BY FUNICULAR, but by foot . Is cheaper and you see more, the funicular goes too fast and you don't really enjoy ir.
BaDaLing Great Wall and Ming Tombs day trip. Spend your money on a trip to the Great Wall at MuTianYu and buy some postcards of 'Spirit Way' (unless you like a 30 minute walk around an old basement).