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On Friday afternoon, I left the Jiuhua Resort to go Nan Luo Gu Xiang as the hotel was fully booked for the weekend. I will be flying to Xishuangbanna on Sunday morning. This gives me opportunity to explore Beijing on Saturday. Where will I go other than the Great wall of China, one of the eight wonders of the world, UNESCO world heritage site... zzz.

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).
An De Men tower
The bus stop is right in front of an ancient building that looks like the drum tower. I arrived there at 9.30am. I was shocked to find a very very very long queue. I was told that the queue can go up 1/2 km. If you don't mind standing on the bus for one and a half hour journey, you don't need to line up. The buses come every minute so I only waited for 15 minutes to get on the bus.

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.
The long long long queue
If you rather climb all the way, be prepared to spend a whole day there. I took the sliding car ride to the 4th tower. Once I reached there and saw the large crowd, I suddenly felt it's a bad idea to come here especially on a weekend. I was too exhausted to walk. So I start climbing up the steer stairs like a turtle.

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.
Bus 919 to Badaling Great Wall
I almost feel like I'm too old for this. Make sure you wore a nice pair of shoes. When ur resting, make sure you don't block other people's way.

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.
soonthiam says:
I wanted to visit Beijing for sometime now but I don't like the tour packages as they take us shopping the whole day. I am encourage by your blog to travel there by myself. :)
Posted on: Sep 09, 2013
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An De Men tower
An De Men tower
The long long long queue
The long long long queue
Bus 919 to Badaling Great Wall
Bus 919 to Badaling Great Wall
Magnificent mountain view
Magnificent mountain view
First sight of great wall
First sight of great wall
Water Dam Great wall
Water Dam Great wall
Mountain view just like in paintin…
Mountain view just like in painti…
Water Dam Great wall
Water Dam Great wall
Arriving at Badaling Great Wall
Arriving at Badaling Great Wall
Badaling Great Wall bus station
Badaling Great Wall bus station
View of Badaling Great Wall
View of Badaling Great Wall
Lotsa plastic bags hanging on the …
Lotsa plastic bags hanging on the…
Passing through a bear park
Passing through a bear park
Slide car ride
Slide car ride
Slide car ride
Slide car ride
Slide car ride
Slide car ride
cable car station
cable car station
cable car
cable car
Finally, at the 8th tower
Finally, at the 8th tower
8th tower
8th tower
Long way to go... beyond eyes can …
Long way to go... beyond eyes can…
Cable car
Cable car
Me resting on the stairs
Me resting on the stairs
Solid ancient wall
Solid ancient wall
Slide car ride
Slide car ride
Pitiful sunny bear
Pitiful sunny bear
Tiananmen
Tian'anmen
Tiananmen
Tian'anmen
Tiananmen
Tian'anmen
Tiananmen during sunset
Tian'anmen during sunset
Tiananmen
Tian'anmen
Tiananmen during sunset
Tian'anmen during sunset
Thats me! Finally found somebody …
That's me! Finally found somebody…
Tiananmen
Tian'anmen
Tiananmen
Tian'anmen
Tiananmen during sunset
Tian'anmen during sunset
Tiananmen
Tian'anmen
Nearby park
Nearby park
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