Places to visit within 24 hours in Beijing.

One of the best perks of my job is, I get to travel to places which otherwise I would have just imagined. To be honest, a day actually doesn’t let you soak in. But having said that, I also, wouldn’t miss a chance, if I was given 24 hours in a city like BEIJING.

This post is going to be a little different from my other posts. This post is not going to be as detailed as the other ones are. What I mean is I will definitely Describe Places to Visit Within 24 Hours In BEIJING, but what I wouldn’t be able to give you is, a budget of how much I spent, simply because, number one, obviously, this was one of my best 24 hours I spent & I did not think of how much I would spend as I wanted to see the best I could. Number 2, this trip was a long time ago, so again, because it was one of my best 24 hours in Beijing I remember what I did, places I visited, but I have no recollection of how much I spent. But to give you an average I do know I had 600 yuan that is 85 USD in total with me & that was absolutely more than enough to Share a Car with 2 other girls, tickets & food.  Without wasting any more time, let’s get into telling you Places I visited within 24 hours.

I knew the places I wanted to visit. 2 of my other colleagues wanted to join me as well. Keeping that in my mind, We just walked up to the hotel concierge hoping that they could have car rentals for custom made tours & they did. The places I visited obviously were in 2 different directions, but, however, they were absolutely doable within 24 hours. When you are in BEIJING & it is your 1st time the place you 1st wanna see & tick off your box is THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA. I am no different from anyone else.

The Great Wall Of China:    

We were in the Chaoyang District of Beijing. The distance from Chaoyang District to the Great Wall of China was 71km, which took us an hour an 25 min one way.  Id like to share some READ facts with you about the Great Wall of China, which I am sure you probably would have heard or read before. After I read them myself, I wanted to see the Great Wall even more. These facts are facts I have read on the flyers of great wall & some in school.

FACTS:

  1. The Great Wall of China is the longest Man-Made structure in the world. Its literal meaning is THE IMMEASURABLY LONG or the 10,000 miles (6700km) long wall.
  2. It was called “the longest cemetery” as many people died building it.
  3. It is a myth that the Great Wall can be seen from the moon without aid.
  4. Over 10 million people visit the Great Wall annually & this makes it difficult to maintain the Great Wall.

Once you get to the great wall there are a couple of ways to reach the top of the great wall.

  • One is you can climb the top of the great wall, but the guide-book suggests that you wear sturdy shoes, do not repeat the climb & do not climb if you have back problems.
  • The other way is to take the cable car to the top of the great wall. Which is what I did & which is recommended for people with a shortage of time… The great thing about taking a cable car is, you will be rewarded with some breath-taking views of the great wall. It is definitely a 360 view. Below are some Pictures20140301_114812fullsizeoutput_1fa20140301_11352220140301_11244620140301_11112720140301_105829

Give your self around a minimum of 3 hours in the great wall.  The entrance to the great wall, if I remember clearly is like 4 USD. ( that does not include the cable car). After walking around at the great wall we started to walk back. To come down of the great wall as well, there are a couple of ways, which would be asked to you at the entrance.

  • Get a return ticket for the cable car which is what we did, as the queue for luge was quite long.
  • You can come down a luge. (toboggan) which is definitely more exciting.

After The majestic, historic treasure of China Beijing, we made our way back. On the way back our driver stopped at this place, picture attached below. I don’t know the name of the place but it was a stunning view of the frozen waterfall. And like I mentioned we did not detour to see this waterfall it was en route. It was winters, We were very lucky to have a nice sunny day with amazing visibility.

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After Driving back an hour a half, 80 Km towards our next stop:

THE FORBIDDEN CITY:

The Forbidden City is located in the centre of Beijing. It is also another of Beijing’s historic site. It was also declared as the WORLD HERITAGE SITE by UNESCO. Few facts I learnt from our driver & after getting to the forbidden city:

FACTS:

  1. The temple was the Chinese imperial palace museum & was formerly known as the FORBIDDEN CITY.
  2. There are 9,999 rooms in the forbidden city.
  3. It took 14 years to build the magnificent & colourful Palace.
  4. The common people were not allowed to raise their eyes on their emperors.

I am attaching a few pictures from the Forbidden city.

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That is how I spent my 24 hours in Beijing. There were many organized tours from the city, but none had the above 2 covered in less than 24 hours. Simply because the 2 were in different directions. The next time I visit Beijing I am definitely going to visit the PANDA PARK.

I hope you find this post useful if you have less time in Beijing like me & are confused on where to visit, as there are many things to see around, I would highly recommend the above 2 for the 1st timers. Feel free to share some of your pictures if you visit these places, I would like to be a part of your experience through pictures. Enjoy & Safe Travels.

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