Hoping someone can point me in the right direction for a reputable airlines doing the Shanghai -> Beijing route. Saftey of course is somewhat of a concern, however strangely price may overide!
I am also curious if anyone can recommend a hostel in Beijing, which is not only cheap but offers tours to the wall but not the touristy area. How much should i budget, as time is somewhat limited how many days is required to do beijing justice?
Thanks in advance!
me and two mates spent about 4 days in Beijing. we stayed in the Beijing Leo hostel (Guang Ju Yuan, 52 Da Zha Lan Xi Jie, Beijing, 100051). really really helpfull staff (who speak great english which is a bit of a luxury), close to Tianamen Sq, set on a market street very busy during the day, its fairly busy at night and a couple of street vendors at night (arrived at 1am and they had stayed open for us at the desk, got "sheep" on a stick from a vendor right outside, class). close proximity to tianemen and the subway.
they organise trips to the wall, and also do a trip to the "secret" wall. thats basically a long section of the wall that hasnt been repaired for the tourists. has a trek for about 40 mins up to the wall through forest, then a trek along the wall, takes few hours. well worth it, but a bit dangerous at times due to the severity of the gradient the wall is built on and the fact its not in great condition (no insurance is offered!).
we had a great day on that trip.
if your worried about the terrain may be better to go to the tourist bit of the wall, although its rammed with people.
as for flights, we missed a train to xi'an and so had to get a flight instead, cost us about £80 and was as safe as an internal flight in the uk, although i did have to be woken by the stewardess as i was the last passenger on the plane!
Recently took an internal flight with China Southern, it was much more comfortable than I expected, brand-spanking-new Boeing 737, very smooth.