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Private Custom City Sightseeing and Shopping Tour of Beijing
"The tour starts with a pick up from your hotel in Beijing. Your exact itinerary is flexible so you can customize your tour based on your preferences. If there’s something you want to see more or less of simply let your guide know. Your professional guide will make all the sites you want to go in order as long as time allows and make an ideal itinerary for you.The city sites you can choose include:Tian'anmen square and Forbidden City --recomm please add the sites in the 'Special requirement' box when you make the booking. After the historical sightseeing you will have a Chinese lunch in a local restaurant. Then you will start your exciting shopping tour in the afternoon. When making your booking please provide your shopping interests in the 'Special requirement' box. Your guide will recommend the right s your guide and private vehicle will drop you off at your hotel or site you want to go in the city."""
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Private Tour: Panda House Visit And Cruise To The Summer Palace With Imperial Dinner
"Meet your guide in your hotel lobby around noon time (12:30pm) and head to the Panda House of the Beijing Zoo to visit the lovely pandas. Next take a short drive to the Imperial Dock in the Purple Bamboo Park. Take a scenic 40-minute cruise from Zizhuyuan Park to the South Gate of the Summer Palace on a boat that was once used exclusively by the Qing Emperors and Empress Dowager Cixi. Pass many including the working and living quarters of the emperor; the Long Corridor the longest covered walkway in the world with 14000 exquisitely painted pictures; Longevity Hill the best place to have a panoramic view of the Summer Palace; Marble Boat the iconic building of the Summer Palace which used to represent the stability and eternity of the Qing Dynasty; and Suzhou Street
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Beijing Private Culture Experience With Lunch Inclusive
"Temple of HeavenPick up at 8:30am from your hotel to visit the Temple of Heaven where the Ming and Qing emperors performed their ritual ceremonies. The best time to visit it is in the morning to see the local seniors exercising practicing Tai Chi playing Shuttlecock doing ground calligraphy as well as singing and dancing.Liulichang StreetYou can visit Liulichang Culture Street which is known throughout China and the world for its ancient books calligraphy paintings brushes
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The Great Wall of China

You are not a man until you climb the Great Wall of China..

This is a very popular Chinese proverb in Chinese culture. I didn’t hear about it until I had visited the Great Wall, but it seems that climbing the Great Wall is something of a rite of passage. After I put the pictures up on Facebook, all my Chinese friends would mention my pictures and that I must be a man now that I have climbed the Great Wall.

The wall itself was spectacular. The sheer magnitude of the wall is amazing. I going up by sliding car and go down by the sliding car also. I would like to take the cable car but the weather is quite bad and they stop the cable car operation. I only climbed a small portion of the wall, but it made me realize just how large such a project would have been. Especially such a long time ago, the wall could only have been finished with a huge amount of labor by the Chinese people. Also, you never realize how much you appreciate steps that are all the same size and even until you encounter some steps that are not. The steps up the Great Wall of China were as huge as the itself and often took (for someone short like me) a full extension of the leg in order to reach some of the steps.

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Antashaa
Sep 10, 2015

The Great Wall

The Great Wall, one of the greatest wonders of the world, was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. Just like a gigantic dragon, it winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 13,170 miles from east to west of China.

With a history of more than 2,000 years, some of the sections are now in ruins or have disappeared. However, it is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance.

Wearing comfortable sneakers is a must as the steps and wall are cracked and irregular. We wore shorts and light clothing in the summer carrying water. Many carried umbrellas to shield themselves from the hot sun. Besides the touristiest Badaling and Jinshanling, Mutianyu, Simatai, Gubeikou in Beijing, the Chinese government has also opened other sections to visitors, such as Huangyaguan in Tianjin, Shanhaiguan in Hebei Province and Jiayuguan in Gansu Province. However, visiting all of the sections is virtually impossible unless you have all the means and time at your disposal. Cable cars are only available in Badaling, Mutianyu, Simatai and Jinshanling sections.

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apbeaches
Aug 06, 2015

Steep climbing

Dating back to 700 B.C. the Great Wall of China is one of the marvels of the world. It has very steep steps and you should wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots. It's also often very windy so remember to keep warm! I thought it was incredibly annoying that there were so many local sales people trying to sell their trinkets to the tourists. Just would have been so much better experience for me without them.

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Zirpsis
Jul 22, 2015

Have a Picture in Great Wall

included is the certificate that you have visited a Unesco World Heritage Site and this picture taking with souvenir is available at the various sections of the Great Wall around Beijing like in Juyongguan Section or Badaling Section and Mutianyu Section, etc. Usually a friend of your tour guide will take a picture of you and your group and then after hiking and walking around the Great Wall, will offer you the picture with a certificate (see my pictures) and they would cost around 80 RMB for it (via haggling as they can charge up to 120 RMB per person).

Go ahead and buy the souvenir if you want one too.

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machomikemd
Oct 16, 2014
 
 
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the Chinese Weapons at the Great Wall

In some of the Battlements (towers) of the various great wall sections North Of Beijing (Juyongguan, Badaling, Simatai, Mutianyu, etc) you can find assorted weapons used by the imperial chinese army to Defend the Great Wall up to the Ming Dynasty (off course the last dynasty, the Qing Dynasty has no use for the great wall as they were the ones being prevented by the great wall to enter china but they succeeded anyway due to the Li Zicheng Rebellion of the Ming Dynasty in 1644 AD(. These include chinese short bow arrows and long bow arrows, various kinds of spears, broad swords, axe and a variety of double use farm implements that can be used as weapons.

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machomikemd
Oct 14, 2014

Activities in the Great Wall

you can buy souvenirs, eat, smoke, hike, bike, sleep overnight at a hotel and more.

All The famous Great Wall Sections near to Beijing like Juyongguan Pass, Badaling, Mutianyu and Simatai have lots of souvenir stands and snack stands and an army of vendors. some have even hotels and inns for guests who want to do a multi day tours of the Great Wall. Just be sure to know how to haggle if buying souvenir items here as they can inflate the priced of goods up to 200 percent if you are not good at haggling.

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machomikemd
Oct 14, 2014

Interesting but hard to climb.

When visiting the wall, I recommend to take a guided tour as they can get much closer with their buses than you can. There is a lot of walking involved and millions of stairs that are very rough and steep. Definitely not for people with heart or walking problems. Buy a postcard. Expect a lot of people there. I have done it but will not do it again.

oleliste
Aug 24, 2014

World wonder! The Great Wall of China !

I should say something about the Great Wall, yes?! ... Well, of course , 1000 % you should visit it! No matter, which part of the wall you will choose , you will be amazed! This is something you will never forget! Even when we went to the Badaling , it was rainy but we still liked it a lot.

Start of the Great Wall was from the 3rd century BC. So this is SUPER historical and old place, as whole China.

Ticket to Mutianyu cost 80 Yuan including cable car when you get up and cable car/ride on the skid when you get down. Choose skid! You will remmember this skidding for the long time. You can see it on my photo.

This is unforgettable experience but please be ready to walk and sometimes to ''climb'', so it will not be easy ;-)

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Sep 04, 2013

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Great Wall Travel in China

I think it is worth of visiting Beijing during traditional Spring Festival in Beijing, when a number of funny and impressive activities are available, and I think Beijing is the best place for the foreigners to experience an authentic Chinese culture. the Great Wall is truly a world-famous attraction that's worth of your time.
http://www.chinahighlights.com/greatwall/

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YoungQ
Jan 09, 2013

Great Wall Travel in China

I think it is worth of visiting Beijing during traditional Spring Festival in Beijing, when a number of funny and impressive activities are available, and I think Beijing is the best place for the foreigners to experience an authentic Chinese culture. the Great Wall is truly a world-famous attraction that's worth of your time.

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YoungQ
Jan 09, 2013

Greatwall: Don´t go during the summer

I´ve been to the Greatwall around 5 times and personally i think that the worst season to go there is during the Summer, or during a Chinese national holiday. Beijing is normally a crowded city per se but a crowded Greatwall is something else, specially thanks to the literally millions of chinese tourists from other provinces who will spend more of their precious time taking pictures at YOU, yes.
Please take care of your wallet and for Christ´s shake don´t take any valuables with you. It takes normally a holiday to visit the GW, arrive there, (leaving early in the morning) and spend the day there and then get bank to the city.

Still, is a wonderful place to visit.

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javierengonga
Apr 30, 2012

The Wall

Give yourself plenty of time. It can take hours to reach the Wall due to traffic. There are several locations, the nearest is the main tourist one (Badaling). Here the wall is complete (but has been heavily restored). Choose here if you want to walk several miles of the wall. If you would rather see it in the original and crumbling shape, go to the more isolated ones. However, without a tour group, this might be difficult to reach.

I was impressed with my time on the wall, but it is rather false and modern and very busy. It is hard work climbing the steep steps. Your legs will ache for days. Not good when trying to sprint down the platform to catch a train.

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boltonian
Aug 20, 2011

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