If you’re travelling to Beijing and you want to try some new routes, check out these tips for you:
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Mutianyu- The Great Wall
The closest section of this wonder of the medieval age is located roughly 80km North of Downtown Beijing.
There are three methods available to you when wishing to get to the top or the bottom of the wall. The first is simply hiking your way up. The other two are basically the same thing. A chairlift and a cable car. Make no mistake, the hike is challenging but exceptionally rewarding but the other methods each have their own charm. Namely the ability to sit back and relax whilst the beauty of the landscape passes beneath you.
Opting for the toboggan on the way back down however is an experience that feels wonderfully unique. Careening down the side of the mountain with nothing but a toboggan between your rear end and the metal chute, will stick in your mind and juxtapose the antiquity of the site you are witnessing with a devilish delight.
50km northwest of Beijing lay the Ming Tombs. Sometime referred to as the “13 Tombs”, this burial site is the last resting place for 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. A trip to the Ming Tombs is a standard part of most Great Wall tour packages and these tombs are characterised by the road that leads to them. The aptly named Spirit Way or Sacred Way is littered with stone creatures which are supposed to guard the path up to the mouth of the tomb. Once inside, flight upon flight of stairs guide you sharply down into the mountain itself where you eventually come across the excavated tomb and some of the treasures left within.
Beijing Cuandixia Ancient Village Tour
90km to the West of Beijing sits the small village of Cuandixia. Within its small area it houses over 600 Ming and Qing dynasty houses. Roughly 80 families still live here in the original abodes of their ancestors.
When you arrive be prepared for hawkers as well as exceptionally pleasant individuals welcoming you into their homes to have a look around and see how they live.
The mountains nearby are excellent for hiking in and you can traverse your way up to top to gaze around at the splendour presented by this atypical Chinese country village.
The village also houses a temple which is fairly standard fare as temples go but still worth having a look at to try and gain a sense of the community that resides in these parts.
Beijing Daxing District Tour
The Badaling National Forest Park claims the justified honour of being the largest in the Beijing district. Autumn is easily the best time to visit as the leaves on the trees turn the forest into a blustery, red hued wonderland. This is not to say that the other seasons do not have their charm. Winter strips the land bare and musters a deep sense of Chinas vast and sometimes impregnable landscape whereas the summer explodes in riots of colour, clear, cold mountain air and carpets of wild flowers. Try and visit some of the local farmers to get a first-hand impression of their day to day lives and maybe even the opportunity to help them out in the fields for the day.
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