Ancient Ruins in Beijing

Ancient Ruins in Beijing, China

Beijing Ancient Ruins

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  • Brandon León
    1 contribution
    It is a great sight capable of encompassing great historical moments throughout the years, plus there were lives that were lost at the time of its construction, It has a great background that is worth investigating if you are curious about its history.
    Written 11 March 2022
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  • Jo K
    Worcester, UK6,277 contributions
    This was a review going back to 2019 as part of a cruise and stay package.
    This part of the wall is superb but don’t have anything to compare it with. It is a long way from Beijing though and during golden week traffic is pretty crazy.
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • Abusyed
    Tianjin, China42 contributions
    One of the best place to visit, not an normal greatwall as locates in badaling, its special worth to visit , its a only place have.cable car for night view, well preserved. Nigth view something special.
    Written 1 June 2021
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  • Stephen C
    1,070 contributions
    If you enjoy walks and pretty gardens, then this is a good place to visit.

    The grounds are huge and it will take at least 3 hours to do it justice. We came in winter and there were very few visitors as most would opt not to be in the outdoors.

    One of the highlights was the fact that the lake was frozen and it gives off a different kind of charm.

    To get to the site of the ruins, it is a 2.5 km walk from the entrance to the site.
    Written 28 December 2020
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  • Jeefer J
    Zhengzhou, China72 contributions
    This was what I expected Beijing to be like, or more of it than is left.
    Here is only a small part protected from old Beijing. Everything else has been torn down and replaced with “bigger and better“. We went on a tour to a family for dinner and asked a few questions.. Saw the way things were “once upon a time”. Enjoyed the Tai Chi in the courtyard and seeing a Cricket Trainer (yes, the insect cricket). Wandering round he Hutong restaurant district was also a nice Chang elf pace. They still have the pedicabs but I think here is a long wait for them. Interesting to people watch.
    Written 31 October 2019
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  • Ruth P
    Hong Kong, China25 contributions
    This is a great spot to combine with possibly one other site for a day trip out from Beijing. This isn't a huge park, probably 2 hours is plenty, but it is so, so interesting and fun to explore. These ancient cave dwellings are like vertical apartment buildings carved into cliffs, with doors carved between the "rooms" and the "floors". Probably my favorite day trip from Beijing with kids.
    Written 7 May 2020
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  • trgoben1
    Greenville, SC436 contributions
    This section of the wall is rather short but popular especially at night because it is lit up and accessible. The entry can be walk up or cable car at the base of Gubei Water Town which is a very nice new development with great hotels, restaurants and shops. If you go early in the morning you will probably have the Wall by yourself which is pretty cool.
    Written 28 May 2019
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  • Jerry J
    Hallandale Beach, FL597 contributions
    This is a delightful hotel - low rise - six stories - in a quiet neighborhood in Hutong area. It is built in a complex of what used to be the estate of a Princess. Lovely accommodations, good wi-fi connections, comfortable rooms and friendly staff. Restaurant serves meals all day, and the breakfasts are excellent. The hotel is conveniently located to transportation to major attractions, and the neighborhood is safe, with small restaurants and shopping nearby. If you go the other direction, you can visit quaint Hutong residential area, with small stores and markets to get a sense of non-tourist Beijing. The best hotel we've stayed at so far in China.
    Written 3 October 2016
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  • Lomunchi
    Maple Grove, MN599 contributions
    I was taken by a work colleague and enjoyed seeing the wall quite a bit. Of course, views are obscured by pollution and it is quite touristy but I did get to walk along the great wall!!!!
    I was surprised to notice that I was one of the only westerners on the wall, but it was a work day. Lots of tourists, but mainly locals.
    Written 9 August 2020
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  • J F
    Atlanta, GA20 contributions
    We had a great time and many photo opportunities at the Changping area of the Great Wall. It is not as touristy as many of the other Great Wall sites, and goin early in the morning allows for great light and secluded pictures without the crowds. It was a fantastic outing overall!
    Written 4 January 2019
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  • TanSuoTravel
    London, UK264 contributions
    The Panlongshan or "Coiling Dragon Mountain" Section of the Great Wall is one of the few sections that is open to tourists but hasn't as yet been officially restored, meaning it is one of the last remnants of the wild Great Wall. For this reason, parts of the wall are crumbling and vegetation peeks through the cracks, endowing this section with a certain ruined beauty.

    If you want to visit this breathtaking section of the wall, you will probably need to dedicate at least a day or perhaps 2 days to get there first. You can either hire a car/taxi directly from Beijing, which will take just over two hours, or you can take public transport, which may take upwards of 4 hours. You'll first need to get the 980 Express bus from Dongzhimen Station in Beijing to Miyun (密云) and then transfer to 密25, which will take you to the small town of Gubeikou (古北口镇). You'll want to get off at the second stop in Gubeikou. For this reason, we'd recommend staying overnight either in Gubeikou or at one of the guesthouses near to the base of Panlongshan.

    Gubeikou itself is a picturesque little town with plenty of history. It once served as a garrison town along the Great Wall and is littered with a number of small temples, as well as several old buildings. The town is currently being developed for tourism, so be sure to visit it as soon as possible before you lose the chance to see it at its most authentic!

    Once you arrive at the entrance to Panlongshan, you can either go left or right. If you choose to go left, the views are incredibly beautiful, but you will only be able to hike for about 2 hours before you reach a dead-end, as this part of the wall becomes dangerous to the point of being impassable. Alternatively, if you go to the right, you can hike for about 2 hours along the wall itself, then take a 1 hour hike through the woods, which will eventually take you to the west entrance of the Jinshanling Section of the Great Wall. This means you can normally hike both sections of the wall in one day, although be advised that you will need to pay for a separate entry ticket to the Jinshanling Section.

    If you're feeling peckish or dehydrated, there's usually a woman selling drinks and ice cream at the west entrance. If you can't find her, just walk a little further up the road and you'll find her shop, which sells ice-cold drinks, coffee, and some snacks.

    Personally, we feel the best time to visit this section of the wall is either during spring, when the blossoms are in full bloom, or in autumn, so that you can admire the changing leaves. The weather during these seasons is particularly comfortable for hiking, whereas summer can be unbearably hot and winter can be too chilly.

    If you want to truly head off-the-beaten-track and experience the Great Wall at its most wild, then this is definitely the section of the wall you should visit!
    Written 8 May 2019
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  • KodoDrummer
    Yekaterinburg, Russia64,085 contributions
    Although little remains of past generations, this was once the homeland of Genghis Khan, and the home of Mongol empires. Xanadu is a World Heritage Site.
    Written 4 June 2020
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  • sissiwusi
    Beijing, China68 contributions
    West Huangsi Temple is located outside Deshengmen, in Huangsi Street. It is a Tibetan Buddhism temple built in the 1600s in early Qing Dynasty by Emperor Shunzhi, in order to host the 5th Dalai Lama. Now it is the location of High-Level Tibetan Buddhism College in China. Therefore, the temple only opens to the public during the weekends, since the Tibetan Buddhists usually study in the Temple during the workdays.
    It has one of the famous Pagodas in Beijing, Qingjing Huacheng Pagoda. It was built by Emperor Qianlong in honor of the 6th Panchen Lama, who came to Beijing to celebrate the emperor’s 70th birthday. Unfortunately, the Panchen Lama was infected by smallpox and passed away in West Huangsi Temple. In memory of his contribution to the management of Tibet, Qianlong made an order to build the Pagoda. The Pagoda is of Chorten style, with delicate Tibetan Buddhism story sculptures, which are still clear enough for visitors today.
    It takes about 1-2 hours to see this place fully, and it is not very far from the inner city. It is very worthwhile to visit.
    Written 25 November 2019
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