The great wall

certainly between cousins ​​… but in a magical place.

Who can boast spend his Valentine’s Day on the Great Wall of China?!

The Great Wall of China, it is a must for anyone who has to do a bit of sightseeing in Beijing. This is known as the “dragon lily ten thousand” is actually a set of “Big Walls” parallel fortifications built in different places over the centuries, extending over 6700 km on the mountains of west is (longer than the radius of the Earth, or 1/20 of its circumference!)
So, when you are in Beijing, several sites of the Great Wall can be visited.

The best known is the site of Badaling. 70 km northwest of the capital, is the site that provides the best restored probably the most beautiful scenery, and it is also the most visited site …

You also speak of Mutianyu and Simatai sites (respectively 90 km and 110 km from Beijing, northeast) that they offer the advantage of being less touristy.

Before arriving in Beijing, I knew about these last 2 sites and would rather have looked for them, not appreciating the little hordes of tourists when it comes to admire the beautiful landscapes we are promised .
That said, given the distances, we wanted to do the best by booking an organized tour through our hotel. And then the reservation service (a young Chinese in all and for all …) we say that these two sites are quite dangerous in winter, and Badaling is more appropriate. Is not as Trappists specially equipped, Sandrine and I opted for the site of Badaling.
Program … badly programmed

So the program, visit the Badaling site with access to cable and English guide, lunch and visit the tomb of the Ming in the afternoon that promised well, especially as we chose our day having thrown a look at the weather should be fine.

Except of course things do not go as planned.

In the series of our galleys, just the day we had to get up a little earlier, well, I do not run with my phone / alarm clock. So wake up and preparation in fourth gear … for nothing because at the end we had to wait almost two hours at the entrance of the hotel: we were the only 2 of the hotel you have booked the trip, and Chinese girl reservation service … we had forgotten.

So we expected, not forgetting to express our discontent … When she arrived, she began to pay us our 360 yuan, then took us to a bus on the other side of the street where we had to pay for the same trick as the one we had booked. (50 yuan per person for transport)

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