Xiao Yuan Alley Courtyard Hotel
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We finally arrived in Beijing at 1:30am, and happily there was a driver to meet us. The fun started when we arrived at the hotel, which was fully booked until check-in time (midday). So we have spent a few hours on the sofa in the common area...obviously crossed wires...I did say we were coming early! So to while away a few hours we set out for …
... walking along the wall which wasn´t very challenging. Fortunately we had read that it was recommended visiting the southwest part of Badaling where we could still enjoy the silence of the Great Wall as most people walk towards northeast part of it. We did that and it turned out to be an amazing idea.
The first part was quite steep but still a little bit crowded, however, once we passed through the 4th tower the Wall started to belong to us; only a few people made it to ...
... a par with our experience at Jinshanling, but it was quite a smoggy day, so the views weren't as good. I think that we got very lucky with our day at Jinshanling. We hiked along the slightly precarious, crumbling wall through the undergrowth towards a series of watchtowers in various states of disrepair and marvelled at how quiet everything was, despite being so close to the second largest tourist spot on the wall. It was an amazing experience to walk along such a dilapidated ...
... hall tends to have its own gate as well. Sardines in a can would consider they have bags of personal space when compared to the bun fight to get a suitable view. Just for fun we entered the fray, elbows and shoulders ready for action.
There were quite a few different temples/halls that we walked around, peered into and wandered past not much the wiser. We then made our way back to the bus for what we thought was a short hop to Tiananmin Square. It probably ...
... location. There were guards and soldiers everywhere and lots of red flags. It was amazing how you could see how much the government is really involved.
After that we went to the Forbidden City. This place was also very grand. It was where the emperor lived. I learned there are 9,999 rooms in all. We walked the entire way too. My legs were so sore from hiking the Great Wall from the day before and they were even more ...