A September 1998 trip
to Beijing by DrMaximus
Quote: Few people understand the deepest, most profound meaning of the word "history" until they step into the Kingdom of the Dragon.
Besides the usual must-sees, eg. Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace, Great Wall, the single most unforgettable excursion for me was a trip to the Great Wall at Simatai. I will mention this in another section in greater detail. In short, the Wall here is untouched, whereas the other at Badaling has been restructured, and does look rather "modern" - which, really, beats the purpose of visiting it.
Bring lots of medication if you feel that you have a weak system/stomach. Hygenic food preparation is non-existent in that part of the world, and since I am sure you will not want to miss out on the wonderful local cuisine, you are better off bringing along medication in case you do fall ill. Take liquids to neutralise any ill side-effects, but avoid tapwater. Make sure that bottled water has the cap sealed, and reject bottled water that has been brought to you at the table with the cap opened/tampered with.
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Holiday Inn Lido
6 Jiang Tai Road
Beijing, China 100004
+86 (10) 64376688
Attraction | "The Great Wall of China"
Of course, bring along a sweater during the cooler months, or a good hat and put on loose clothes during summer. At all times, bring along a well-prepared picnic pack with lots of water, because after you venture off the beaten track, you will not find peddlers offering you food and drinks. Bring lots of film too!
It is worth staying up at the Wall till dusk, because it is when the most stunning views get painted in the sky. But by that time, make sure that you are back near the entrance because walking back after sunset is an absolute no-no. The walls are collapsed at many sections, and as I said, one false step...
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Great Wall at Si Ma Tai
Si Ma Tai
Beijing, China 101508
+ 86 (0)10 6903 1051
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2001
North Of Tiananmen Square Dong Cheng District
Beijing, China 100009
+86 (0)10 6512 2255