Women Summer Dresses & Fashion Beijing, China

June 20th, 2018
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Among the Top 10 Photo Spots in Beijing, the 17-Arch Bridge at Summer Palace is my favorite photogenic spectacle. Summer Place itself is the epic demonstration  of the traditional Chinese gardening with all its essential elements – lakes, hills, rockeries, pavilions, corridors, archways, bridges and temples.

The 17-arch bridge stands out as one of the great photography spots within Summer Palace. It is the largest bridge on Kunming Lake in Summer Palace that connects the eastern shore with South Lake Island, representing Penglai, a magic plade where you are supposed to live forever without pain and no winter, a paradise on earth.

The charm of the bridge changes with at sunrise and sunset, the four different seasons, and also different angles of view. In winter,the golden sun’s rays shoot through the 17 arches in the bridge, a photogenic miracle.

Today my purpose to go to Summer Palace is not mainly for the shooting of the landscape or the 17-arch bridge in particular. Instead, I’d like to take candid photos of the people passing back and forth across the bridge, who are coming all parts of China and around the world since Summer Palace is a must see hotspot for first-time visitors to Beijing.

Candid street photography, or candid portrait photography is a good to record what is happening in a place you are not familiar with in terms of lifestyle, dresses, fashion and more.

My small view angle standing by the side of the 17-arch bridge provides you some visual information on the dresses Chinese ladies wear in summer. Of course,  they just some samples of what the local women wear in summer,unable to cover all of them.

People coming through the famous 17-arch bridge

 

Snap a photo of a smartly dressed lady by the bridge.

 

Two fashion girls hand in hand viewed from behind.

 

The two modern girls seen on the side.

 

The clean and white girl with hat and glasses

 

A girl iPhone photographing

 

A girl with a colorful kite viewed from behind

 

A smart girl with a bunch of flowers

 

People in summer dresses

 

Taking Pictures

 

Jumping high above the bridge

 

The beautiful sunset over the bridge and Kuming Lake in Summer Palace

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Sunrise Glow over Hulunbuir Grasslands

June 18th, 2018
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Plan your Inner Mongolia tour? Located in northeastern Inner Mongolia, the Hulunbuir Grasslands are often billed as the “most unsullied grasslands” in China.  Named after the two lakes –  Hulun and Buir,  Hulunbuir Grasslands feature the expansive grasslands, forests, lakes and rivers.

40 km to the northeast of Hailar ( the city center of Hulunbuir ), the Golden Horde Tribes ( Jin Zhang Han) are located in the heartland of Hulunbuir Grasslands, the only place developed and open to tourists.

In the Golden Horde Tribes, there are plenty of yurts for you to choose, ranging from multi-people yurts to standard two-sharing yurts. They also offer basic food service and other recreational activities like horseback riding, horse racing and wrestling, and evening bon-fire party.

Among other  things to do in the Golden Horde Tribes, getting up early in the morning for the sunrise glow over the expansive grasslands is one of my favorites on my recent photography trip to Hulunbuir Grasslands.

Below are some of the pictures taken on the early morning July 29, 2016, of the sunrise glow over Hulunbuir Grasslands.

Sunrise over Golden Horde Tripes in Hulunbuir

Sunrise over Golden Horde Tribes in Hulunbuir

 

Sunrise Glow over Golden Horde Tripes in Hulunbuir

Sunrise Glow over Golden Horde Tribes in Hulunbuir

 

The Yurts under the Golden lights of the sunrise

The Yurts under the golden lights of the sunrise

 

Thick Fog over the Grassland under the sunrise glow.

Thick Fog over the Grassland in the sunrise glow.

 

Hulunbuir Grassland under the Sunrise Glow

Sunrise Glow over Hulunbuir Grassland

 

Grazing Sheep in the sunrise glow

Grazing Sheep in the sunrise glow

 

Grazing under the Sunrise Glow.

Grazing in the Sunrise Glow.

 

Early Birds in the sunrise glow

Early Birds in the sunrise glow

 

My Working - Taking Photos on Hulunbuir GRasslands

My Working – Taking Photos on Hulunbuir GRasslands

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06611Tip:  Hassle-free Hulunbuir  Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Hulunbuir Grassland, Inner Mongolia:

Beijing Hulunbuir Classic Loop 6 Day Tour from US$959 P/P 
 Beijing Hulunbeier Folk Culture 4 Day Tour  from US$845 P/P

Further Readings


Sunrise Glow over Hulunbuir Grasslands.
Top 10 Attractions in Hulunbuir.
Road Trip from Ergun to Linjiang Village

Any questions, just drop a line.

How to Get to Mutianyu Great Wall by Bus

June 17th, 2018
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Dear Travelers

We’d like to have the following travel guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors coming to Mutianyu Great Wall by bus. If anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!
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Latest Updates from Marek & Denis:

H! thanks for your very detailed instructions. We have successfully followed them today.

Important notice for all – in Hairou, several stops before 15th stop at Beidajie, one guy in uniform came into a bus and with perfect English said to all foreigners, that those coming to Great Wall should get off at this stop. He was so convincing, that all foreigners got off, so did we.

It turned out that it was one of those black taxi drivers with colleagues who offered us the drive to the wall. So if it happens to you, be calm, and follow the following instructions, get off at Bedaije Stop and everything will be OK. Enjoy!

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Hi, your instructions are great – followed them and got to Mutianyu and back without any problems. I can confirm, that a few stops before Beidajie Stop a man in a uniform very similar to public transportation uniform entered the bus and said, that those, who was going to the Great Wall should leave here.

There was lot’s of black taxis on that stop as well. I didn’t leave the bus and continued to go, and get off at Beidajie Stop where I took a metered taxi without any problem.

On the way back two metered taxis were waiting right on the roundabout. But I also found out, that now it’s possible to get DiDi app in English, so if there is no taxi, but one has mobile internet – the one can be ordered by DiDi without any problem.

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Unlike Badaling Great Wall which has a direct Bus 877 starting at Deshengmen Bus Terminal on the northern second ring road,  Mutianyu Great Wall doesn’t have a direct public bus line connecting downtown Beijing. For this, I often get  some online inquiry about how to get to Mutianyu Great Wall by public bus.

When googling “How to Get to Mutianyu Great Wall by bus”, I discover some of the Mutianyu bus related travel information is outdated and even a bit misleading.

Recently I made a fam trip to Mutianyu Great Wall by public bus starting from Dongzhimen Transportation Hub. Below is my trip report, detailing the whole process of how to get to Mutianyu Great Wall By Public Bus from downtown Beijing. Hopefully, my trip review will help you a little bit plan your own bus trip to Mutianyu.

I try to keep my trip report updated. Any updating information is welcome!

tips-1Tips for Getting from downtown Beijing to Mutianyu Great Wall by Bus

1. Get to Dongzhimen Transport Hub early in the morning
Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub (东直门交通枢纽) is mainly composed of three forms of public transport – Dongzhimen Bus Station ( or officially called Bus Transfer Hall) where you take Bus 916 Express for the direction of Mutianyu Great Wall), Dongzhimen Subway Station ( Subway Line 2 and 13 ) and Dongzhimen Airport Express ( for Beijing Capital Airport). These three forms of public transport are connected underground as a whole.

Try to get to Dongzhimen Transport Hub early in the morning either by subway or taxi. For subway, you may take the subway line 2 or 13 and exit from Exit C. Then you enter the massive hub building from its south or west entrance.

The Bus Transfer Hall on the ground floor is mainly composed of two parts – North Platform and South Platform. Your Mutianyu-bound Bus 916 Express is on the northern platform. There are signs overhead to guide you in the direction to the 916 Express Bus Stop.

Overhead Chinese Sign " 916 快“ ( 916 Express )

Overhead Chinese Sign ” 916 快“ ( 916 Express )

 

Chinese and English Sign for Bus 916 Express Overhead

Chinese and English Sign for Bus 916 Express Overhead

 

Wait in line for Bus 916 Express

Wait in line for Bus 916 Express

Wait in line for the Bus 916 Express and the bus fare at 12 yuan.  If you have a transportation card, you will be entitled to half price. You may pay cash on board and get ready for the small money and often they don’t have the change.

2. Taking Bus 916 Express and Get off at Beidajie ( North Street ) in Huairou District
( 62km – One Hour Drive)

916 Express Operating Hours: 5:50 – 19:50 ( Dongzhimen Transport Hub to Huairou )
04:50 – 18:50 (Huairou to Dongzhimen Transport Hub)

The 916 buses are clean and air-conditioned.

The 916 buses are clean and air-conditioned.

916 Express buses are clean and air-conditioned.

There are totally 20 stops for Public Bus 916 Express and you get off at the 15th stop of Beidajie ( North Street ) 北大街 ) in Huairou District. Then connect a local taxi ( about 50 yuan per taxi ) or connect the local public Bus H23,( 5 yuan ).  The H23 buses are few and far between, so taking a taxi from Beidajie is a good option. Taxi drivers are nice and aren’t trying to scam passengers.

The 916 runs every couple of minutes, so there is no waiting at all.  A lot of people get off at Huairou Beidajie, so even if you don’t speak Chinese, you’ll know when to get off.

Basically, the bus makes a couple stops in Beijing after leaving Dongzhimen, then doesn’t make any stops for a long time, until it gets to Huairou District, where it makes stops every couple of minutes. After a handful of those stops, you’ll be at Beidajie (North Street).

For each stop, Bus 916 Express will announce the name of the bus stop both  in English and Chinese. The Chinese stops will be shown on the electronic screen on the front of your bus, and make sure you get off at the 15th stop of Beidajie (North Street) 北大街 in Huairou.

There is an official bus stop sign for Beidajie ( 北大街)  now as shown in the picture below:

The picture of Beidajie Stop taken by Roxanne & Maartje

The Beidajie ( North Street ) Bus Stop is located by the sidewalk in front of the large governmental building (Beijing Huairou Department of Civil Affairs) 民政局.

You get off the 15th stop pf Beidajie ( North Street ) by the side of the large governmental building.

You get off the 15th stop pf Beidajie ( North Street ) by the side road in front of  the massive governmental building (Beijing Huairou Department of Civil Affairs) 民政局

Google maps location of where you need to get off at Beidajie ( North Street) at Bus 916 in front of the large governmental building (Beijing Huairou Department of Civil Affairs) 民政局

Google maps location of where you need to get off the 916.

Note:
1) The bus fare is 12 yuan. Be ready for the small amount of money to pay for the bus fare.  If you have a transportation card, you just swipe, and you are entitled to half price.
2) Try to get to the 916 Express bus stop as early as possible to beat the crowds on the Great Wall. The first bus leaves at 5:50 am.
3) You should get off at the 15th stop of Beidajie (北大街).  There is a bus stop sign for Beidajie ( 北大街) .

3.  Connecting Bus H23 for Mutianyu ( 18 km – 50 Minutes Drive)
Once you get off 916 express Bus, you have two options for next transport to your destination – Mutianyu Great Wall: Connect the local bus H23 ; or take a local taxi for Mutianyu.

Below is the way how to connect the local buses for Mutianyu:

You can continue to take Bus H23 for Mutianyu Great Wall. The Bus Stop for Bus H23 is just across where you get off at Beidajie ( North Street in Huairou ) – the same bus stop for 916 Express back to Beijing.

For easy memory,  the location of the bus stop H23 is just in front of the China Mobile Building ( Keep in mind that this is the same bus stop for 916 Express back to Beijing).

Kindly reminder:  basically you need to wait for quite some time before you can get on Bus h23.

The picture is taken by Roxanne & Maartje

Cost 3 yuan paid to ticket lady on the bus. The Bus  h23 is green and there is a blue cardboard sign in the window next to the driver saying h23. The sign on the bus H23 are very small.

You should pay attention to the place ( Mutianyu Roundabout ) where you get off.

Google maps location of where you need to get off h23:

There are about 19 stops for Bus H23, keep in mind that you will alight at the 8th stop of Mutianyu Roundabout (慕田峪环岛). The Bus H23 runs the route between Huairou Downtown and Dongtai Village.

You may show your bus driver the Chinese characters “我要去慕田峪长城” ( I want to go to Mutianyu Great Wall) and the driver will remind you of the stop when the bus arrives at Mutianyu Roundabout (慕田峪环岛).

Some of the H23 Buses do pass the Mutianyu Roundabout and somes don’t. On the bus, you should  ask the conductor whether the bus passing the Mutianyu or not. Should anybody wish to ride H23 from Huairou, better confirm with the driver or conductor whether the bus passing Mutianyu roundabout or not. The H23 and H24 buses are few and far between.

When you get off at Mutianyu Roundabout, you simply walk down to the ticket Box Building ( Tourist Service Center ). Just keep in the mind the place where you get off. Come back to the same place (Stops opposite to where you drops off) to wait for Bus H23 back to Beidajie ( North Street ) in Huairou and connect Bus 916 back to Beijing when you finish your visiting Mutianyu Great Wall.

4. Transfer to Mutianyu by Taking a Local Taxi ( 18km – Half Hour Drive)
When getting off Bus 916 at Beidajie ( North Street ), alternatively you can choose to take a local taxi directly bringing you to the ticketing box offices at Mutianyu.

The fact is that the moment you get off Bus 916, you will be approached by “black taxi drivers”.  We suggest you use the official metered taxis. Most of the official taxi drivers would stay inside their taxis and wait for customers ( maybe they don’t want to have any conflicts with black drivers).

Most of the Huairou official taxis are waiting by the side of the governmental building known as Beijing Huairou Department of Civil Affairs) 民政局. They use meters and the taxi ride costs about 42 yuan per taxi.

Huairou Local Taxi

Huairou Local Taxi

Taxi transfer is fast and comfortable.

Taxi transfer is fast and comfortable.

Taxi transfer is fast and comfortable.

When you arrive at Mutianyu, you should ask for a printed receipt which shows the taxi fare, distance and timing.

Printed Taxi Bill ( Receipt ).

Printed Taxi Bill ( Receipt ).

If you cannot find any official taxis by the governmental building,  just wait for a while and they will definitely will come back after their business.

Black taxi drivers will charge you about 50 yuan for the ride plus 20 yuan for so-called parking fee at Mutianyu. Actually, Mutianyu official parking lot offers free parking within 20 minutes.

Huairou Taxi Hotline: 69651168
Huairou Taxi Complaint: 60697889

5. Buying Your Tickets at Tourist Service Building
The large tourist service center mainly consists of ticketing offices, toilets, a Great Wall exhibition hall and a large tourist information hall where you can use ATM machine.

 

Mutianyu Tourist Service Building

Mutianyu Tourist Service Building

Price Information:
Entrance Fee Adults: 45 yuan ( 25yuan if you have valid student card)
Children between 1.2 meters and 1.4 meters in height: 25 yuan
Children less than 1.2 meters in height are free of charge
Cable Car:100 yuan(single way ); 120 yuan ( return )
Chairlift + toboggan : 100 yuan(single way ); 120 yuan ( return )
Cable car up + toboggan down: 100 +100 = 200 yuan.
Ferry Shuttle Bus: 15 yuan ( shuttle from the ticketing office to the starting point of the 600-meter long ramp up to the chair-lift station, cable car station and the walking starting point up to the Wall.

Opening Hours:
April to October: 8:00 -17:00
November to March: 8:30-16:30

Important Notice:
Cable car up and down is operated by one company; while chair-lift up and down ( or toboggan down) are operated by another company. They sell their tickets separately through the same ticketing window. This is a tricky part in Mutianyu Great Wall.

A return ticket is cheaper. But if you are going to take cable car up and the toboggan down ( so you are using two different companies), you have to buy two single tickets. If you take the chair-lift up and the toboggan down, you are able to buy a return ticket. This is a tricky part in Mutianyu Great Wall.

Cable car brings you up to the place below the 14th Watch Tower;
Chair-lift takes you up to the place below the 6th Watch Tower;
Walking up along the stone steps (like a mountain hike – 30 minute hike ) – to the 10th or 8th Watch Tower.

Note: After you get off the shuttle from the ticketing office, you still need to walk up a 600-meter long ramp leading to the cable car station. But on the way up, you will first come across the chair-lift ( toboggan ) station. They are different companies with separate accounts.

So it is up to you to decide whether you use cable car up and down, or chair-lift up and toboggan down, or cable up and toboggan down, or lastly just walk up to the summit for the Wall.

So once inside the wall area,  you have four choices with three prices:

1.Cable Car:100 yuan(single way ); 120 yuan ( return )
2.Chairlift + toboggan: 100 yuan(single way ); 120 yuan ( return )
3. Cable car up + toboggan down: 100 +100 = 200 yuan.
4. Walk up: free of Charge

Ferry Shuttle Bus: 15 yuan

Click the Map of Mutianyu Great Wall for more information.

There are 23 towers on the Mutianyu Great Wall snaking the ridge for about 3000 meters. The watch towers at the Mutianyu Great Wall are distributed at short intervals. The 23 watch towers are numbered from right (east) to left (west). The or 23rd tower is highest point of the Mutianyu Great Wall.

Wait in line at Ticketing Box Offices

Wait in line at Ticketing Box Offices

Note: Two different companies operate cable car and chairlift (toboggan) separately. You either choose cable or chairlift (toboggan).  The ticketing staff will ask you which you prefer, cable car or chairlift ( or toboggan down )?

If you have strong legs and prefer to hike up to the Great Wall, you can do the hiking without using the service of cable car or chairlift.

On the right side of the Tourist Service Building is the Exhibition Hall for Great Wall Culture, a brief introduction to the Great Wall of China and Mutianyu Great Wall in particular.

 Exhibitional Hall for Great Wall Culture

Exhibition Hall for Great Wall Culture

The large service center building where you can use ATM machine.

The large service center building where you can use ATM machine

The large service center building where you can use ATM machine

Clean and modern toilet.

Clean and modern toilet

Clean and modern toilet

6. Taking a ferry Shuttle Bus  ( 2.5km ) to the Starting Points for the Mutianyu Great Wall
At the ticketing box office, you are required to buy a 15 yuan ferry shuttle bus. From the tourist service center, you till need to walk about 200 meters to get to the shuttle bus terminal.

The road leading to the Shuttle Bus Terminal is lined with restaurants and vendor stalls.

The road leading to the Shuttle Bus Terminal is lined with restaurants and vendor stalls.

The 200-meter road leading to the shuttle bus terminal is lined with restaurants on the left side and vendors on the right side.

You have the choices of King Burger, Pizza, and Chinese food and more. Bottled water on the vendor stalls here is much cheaper ( 3 yuan per bottle ) than that sold up on the Wall ( 15 yuan per bottle ).

The 5-minute free shuttle ride brings you to the area close to the starting points for Visiting Mutianyu Great Wall.

Ferry Shuttle Bus

Ferry Shuttle Bus

7. Three Ways to Go up to Mutianyu Great Wall
When you get off the ferry shuttle bus, you need to walk along an accessible stone path (600 meters long ) leading up first to the entrance area for chairlift ( or toboggan down ), second to the walking path up to the Wall and last to the area for cable car up to the Wall respectively.

The Cable Car Station is at the end of the 600-meter stone slope. That said, there are three ways to go up to Mutianyu Great Wall.

The Cable Car Station

The Cable Car Station

1) Taking a chairlift to the Great Wall – to the 6th Watch Tower ( or take a toboggan down).
2) Walking up the Great Wall along the stone steps (like a mountain hike – 30 minute hike ) – to the 10th or 8th Watch Tower
3) Taking a cable car up to the Great Wall – to the 14th Watch Tower
Click the Map of Mutianyu Great Wall for more information.

Note:
1) There are 23 towers on the Mutianyu Great Wall snaking the ridge for about 3000 meters. The watch towers at the Mutianyu Great Wall are distributed at short intervals.

2) The 23 watch towers are numbered from right (east) to left (west). The 23rd tower is highest point of the Mutianyu Great Wall.

Mutianyu Great Wall in summer

Mutianyu Great wall in summer

Mutianyu Great wall in summer

A good spot for selfie.

A good spot for selfie.

A good spot for selfie.

Basically it is more convenient to use its smooth and gentle ramp leading up Badaling Great Wall. You don’t need to  use the cable car. The area for the upper cable station is not wheelchair-friendly and teem with domestic tourists.

On the Mutianyu Great Wall, wheelchair users may take a cable car up and then use the accessible lane leading to the platform below the 14th watch tower for a good view of Mutianyu Great Wall.

8. The accessible paths in Mutianyu Great wall are too steep, not so wheelchair user-friendly!
4293-20011On the Mutianyu Great Wall, wheelchair users may take a cable car up and then use the accessible lane leading to the platform below the 14th watch tower for a good view of Mutianyu Great Wall.

The steep accessible ramp at Mutianyu Great Wall

The steep accessible ramp at Mutianyu Great Wall

But unfortunately, the accessible ramp leading from the upper cable station to the platform below the 14th watch tower is too steep, very much challenging for wheelchair users.

Note:
Badaling Great Wall is more wheelchair user-friendly. Basically it is more convenient to use its smooth and gentle ramp leading up Badaling Great Wall. You don’t need to  use the cable car. Click: The Most Wheelchair-Friendly Great Wall to Visit.

9. Going Back on the Same Way
At the end of your Mutianyu visit, just retrace on the same travel route.   You may  have the following options for your transfer from Mutianyu to the 916 express bus stop at Huairou:

1) Walk from Mutianyu Great Wall Service Area to the Mutianyu Roundabout  and take the h23 back as well. Stops opposite to where you drops off. You can flag it down if you are not  sure if it would have stopped.

2) Take an official taxi from the parking lot of Mutianyu Great Wall Service Area to 916 express bus stop at Huairou;

3) Take a “black taxi” at the parking lot bringing you back to 916 express bus stop at Huairou ( a choice of no choice).

Newest Update from :
The blue taxi cabs are not allowed to wait and collect passengers at Mutianyu. Not sure what happened, but didn’t find a single cab while returning from Mutianyu and the office closed. There were several people asking me to board their taxi or minibus. I walked to the public bus stop and i waved down a passing blue cab. He was worried that someone might notice my getting into his cab.

10. Possible Tourist Scams at Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub and fake bus staffers on Bus 916
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A fake official bus station employee (‘friendly lady”- don’t trust her) told us to take the Bus 980 because it would be a shorter ride and that we should get off at the 4th stop. At the 4th stop, there was an older man waiting with a “black taxi”. It was all planned. He was just waiting for us so we were pretty sure that the lady and him were working together.

We ended up taking the bus back to Beijing. He was not gonna get our money, that’s for sure.
So we lost a couple of hours there, unfortunately.

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Hi, your instructions are great – followed them and got to Mutianyu and back without any problems. I can confirm, that a few stops before Beidajie Stop a man in a uniform very similar to public transportation uniform entered the bus and said, that those, who was going to the Great Wall should leave here.

There was lot’s of black taxis on that stop as well. I didn’t leave the bus and continued to go, and get off at  Beidajie Stop where I took a metered taxi without any problem.

On the way back two metered taxis were waiting right on the roundabout. But I also found out, that now it’s possible to get DiDi app in English, so if there is no taxi, but one has mobile internet – the one can be ordered by DiDi without any problem.

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11. Hassle-free Mutianyu Great Wall Guided Tours
06611If you don’t want to go the seemingly daunting do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Mutianyu Great wall.

Mutianyu Great Wall Group Day Tour ( No shopping )
Mutianyu Great Wall Half  Day Private Tour ( No Shopping )

Further Readings


How to Get to Badaling Great Wall by Bus
How to visit Great Wall of China around Beijing

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.