I am going to Beijing end of Oct (4 days) for business trip. Staying at the Grand Continental Beijing Hotel. Anyone can advise - if it's possible to squeeze in a quickie visit to the Great Wall?
Think the hotel is in Chaoyang area. anyone can help? thks a lot
There are various options for you. All are min 2-2.5 hrs away from Beijing and there are LOTS of tours. Make sure you book one that definitely doesn't stop at shops etc along the way as it's a waste of your precious time on the wall. The Badaling section is very touristy so I'd avoid that part if I were you. The Mutaniyu part is also restored but less people and there's a fun tobaggon you can do on the way down. There are fantastic 'untouched' parts of the wall as well but these are best seen trekking and if you want a quickie maybe it's not for you!
Had been to Great wall a couple of years ago on the Badaling side. I went by myself.
Suggest you to check with travel desk of your hotel. You need one day to viisit.
Ofcourse if you have a car or a taxi, may be you can do it a bit more quickly.
I am sure you will enjoy a trip to Great Wall.
have a nice trip.
When I was in Beijing, I did a couple of tours one of which made a stop at the very touristy section of the wall known as Badaling. This was well maintained section, but not overly fantastic. I went on another tour which was only going to the Great Wall of China but to a much nicer bit. The van dropped everyone off at the Jinshaling section of the wall and then we all walked at our own pace the 18km to the Simatai section of the wall where the tour van picked us up again to transport us back to Beijing. This hike was the best thing I did in my time in China and definitely should not be missed even if it means missing out on other stuff in Beijing itself. If you do this latter option be sure to take at least a few litres of drinking water and a fair bit of food, because if you don't you'll be struggling to have enough energy to move your legs by the time the end section comes which involves climbing up this mountain of massive steps that seemed to go forever (about 250 metres almost straight up with steps being about 50cm high each).
I have just come back from Beijing and the Great Wall is a must if you can fit it in. Make sure you only pay 5RMB for a small bottle of coke - They try and charge the foreigners 20RMB!
Also try and visit TiaoMan Square it's right in the centre of Beijing and one (if not the) biggest square in the world.
Also... Make sure (like I did) you get some pictures of the (under construction) new Olympic Stadium. Many people over the coming years will get photo's of the finished product but pictures of it under construction will be impossible to get once it is finished (obviously).
Also... Half a day shopping in the centre on Beijing is a must if you can fit it in. Even if you do get ripped off by the shop keepers because your a foreigner it's still cheep!
If you want any more info let me know.