Back to Beijing.. great wall
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October 24th, 2009 – by: melissawong
It was a Saturday morning. I should be asleep but I choose to join the crowd to go to Badaling Great Wall (八达岭长城）. I choose to use the public transport instead of joining a tour for better flexibility. First, I took a bus to "An De Men" (安德门).
When approaching the Great Wall, the tour guide in the bus gave detailed explanations (in Chinese) and warned us not to take tour packages that cost < 100 RMB. It can be a scam. You will be taken to the nearby Shuiguan Great Wall (水关长城) that is shorter and only cost 12 RMB for an entrance ticket. The entrance tickets for Badaling Great Wall is 100 RMB and 80 RMB for students, kids and elderly.
Cable car or sliding car ride tickets are not included in the entrance tickets.
It was so sunny. I was sweating profusely. I had to take off my coat and jacket. Never cross my mind that it will be hot there on a near winter day. As I look around, it's not hard to find old people. Some as old as 80 years old. I tried to talk to an old man but he couldn't understand my Mandarin (but I can understand him perfectly -_-). There are very little foreginer. I guess they are all conned and ended up at Shuiguan Great Wall. lol. Some places are very steer. I was afraid I might injure my knee.
When I got down from the wall, it's already 3pm. Took an hour to get back to Beijing. I had to visit the famous tian'anmen before sunset. Once I reached there, I realized the square is so huge! Be prepared to do more walking because the buses and cars are not allowed around the square. There are tight security everywhere. I quickly snapped pictures of every statue and building nearby before leaving.
It will be a long day tomorrow. I will fly to Kunming before flying to Xishuangbanna (aka banna). From the Jinghong capital (where the airport is located), it takes another hour car drive to Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, the place where I will spend the next 2 months.
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