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1. Posted by Baejing (Budding Member 4 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hi There!

I live and work in Beijing (1 year +) and am interested in joining travelling communities :)

I look forward to answering questions about China and maybe debunk a couple myths! (No you can't see the Great Wall from space )

2. Posted by Muffintherabbit (Budding Member 30 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I'm hoping to go to Beijing next year on a 2 day layover between Taipei and the UK when I head back in Chinese New Year to visit the family.

Getting a Chinese visa is apparently a right pain in the arse from Taiwan. Apparently you can get a 72 hour airport stop over so I'm just going to do that, avoid the hassle of visa applications.

Any recommended< lesser known places to take in there?

3. Posted by Baejing (Budding Member 4 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

What I would recommend on a 2 day layover:
day one: Great Wall one day
day two: Tiananmen square + Forbidden city + Jingshan Park
if not too tired, add "houhai"

If you're looking for lesser known you can consider:
- 798 art
- Houhai
- Summer palace

For food:
Peking duck, Hot pot, "baozi" or dumplings

If you have other questions don't hesitate ;)

4. Posted by Muffintherabbit (Budding Member 30 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

How easy is it to get to the authentic Great Wall from Beijing.

Not sure how accurate it is but watched a TV show, An Idiot Abroad which mentions the section of Great Wall near Beijing isn't actually original but was rebuilt in the 1960s?

I like authenticity. I'd much rather go a bit further and see a bit which is actually original rather a section which is remade and tarted up for the tourists.

5. Posted by Teoni (Full Member 144 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

the section of Great Wall near Beijing isn't actually original but was rebuilt in the 1960s

Well it was heavily damaged from all the wars and conflicts that happened in China but just because it is rebuilt doesn't mean it is inauthentic. Rebuilding it in the way it was done to me is just as authentic as if the bricks were laid two hundred years ago. It also gives archaelogists a chance to study the engineering of the structure itself (how else would we have discovered rice flour makes excellent concrete;)?) In saying that all of the Great Wall has been rebuilt.

The first building of it started a thousand years ago. Back then it was mud, straw and stone structure that quickly fell apart, (along the Silk Road route they have reconstructed sections of what it once looked like) then it became wooden palisades, the structures became more elaborate with watch towers and gates, then they started adding bricks. It wasn't till the Ming Dynasty that they ended up with the sophisticated structure that is standing today (we are talking about a thousand years of accumulated engineering knowledge in one structure. That itself is impressive.) and that was only in the Eastern most portion of the wall. The further west you went the walls' structure simplified. The position of the wall itself has changed over the millenia as the borders changed. It has been consistently knocked down, repositioned and rebuilt by the Chinese so an authentic Great Wall in the way you are thinking doesn't really exist.

Though I do agree there are other sections of the Great Wall that deserve as much love and attention as the sections closest to Beijing. The Over Hanging Great Wall at Jiayuguan is impressive and I guess if you want crumbling ruins there is the Xiaohekou section which is nicknamed “most beautiful, wild Great Wall”, though you better get there quick, they are restoring it but apparently it isn't going so well:( Here is a site that breaks down sections of the wall for you:

https://www.chinahighlights.com/greatwall/section/

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Jul-2017, at 23:51 by Teoni ]

6. Posted by Baejing (Budding Member 4 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I'm not the most knowledgable in terms which parts have or haven't been restored.

I have been a couple times to the wall, always in different spots but with friends who knew what they were doing. (It can be dangerous in some parts)
If you are here for only 2 days you should probably get a package at a hostel or hotel that will bring you there and back hassle free and for fairly cheap

I haven't been but the Huanghuacheng part looks very nice.
We went to a homestay at the beginning of the month at a place called Great Wall Fresh and it was pretty good! We only saw 2-3 other people up there but not staying there over night might be hard since it's far from the city.

We filmed our experience at Great Wall Fresh and the video will soon be up on our channel (next monday most likely) if you're interested in seeing it - snip-

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

7. Posted by puppa17 (Budding Member 20 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hey!
I have quite few friends living in Beijing! How u find it? Happy with the life style standards? Heard a lot of controversial opinions about it!

8. Posted by Baejing (Budding Member 4 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

We love it!
It's a really good place to start a career as you get more opportunities because you're a foreigner
Good place to learn the most popular language in the world (also the hardest)
Lifestyle standard is really good! We eat out a lot as its so cheap...we have a cleaning lady as its so cheap and you can get around an electric bike easily without all the paperwork you can get to work easily
You are also able to save a lot of your salary doing all that! ;)

9. Posted by puppa17 (Budding Member 20 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I used to live in Japan and a did love it a lot....but talking with my friends in China i realized how easier for them it was to get good job positions and better money, also how cheaper it was the life style.
Maybe quality of life (pollution-traffic-overall enjoyment of being around) Japan is better. At least for what i heard.