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2 Days Beijing to Qinhuangdao Independent Tour
Stop 1: Shanhaiguan Great WallShanhaiguan is renowned as the First Pass under Heaven and a landmark in Qinhuangdao. Connecting with the Great Wall, this pass is a small ancient city with a perimeter of 4 kilometers (2.5 miles). It needs 1 to 1.5 hours to tour it.
How to get there from Beijing:
Take the high speed train G387 running from 08:25 to 10:28 or earlier G4611 running from 07:02 to 09:21 from Beijing South Railway Station to Shanhaiguan Railway Station. Ticket fare for a second class seat is CNY184.5. On arrival, you may get out from the northern exit, then walk north for about 10 minutes to reach Shanhaiguan Great Wall Scenic Area.
How much does it cost to visit Shanhaiguan Great Wall:
Visitors can enter the ancient pass for free, but need to book the tickets of interior attractions via its official WeChat account. The ticket price for the First Pass under Heaven is CNY40/person. The Ying’en Tower in the west, Wangyang Tower in the south, and Courtyard of Wang Family inside the ancient city charge CNY10 respectively.
Standing on the second floor of Zhendong Tower, visitors are able to enjoy a whole view of this historical pass. If you want to have a deep understanding of the history, structure and other basic facts of the Great Wall, pay a visit to the Shanghaiguan Great Wall Museum.
Stop 2: Laolongtou Great WallLaolongtou, also called Old Dragon's Head, is the only seaside military defense construction of the Great Wall, integrating the mountain, the sea, a pass, and an ancient city. It is composed of the Seaside Stone City, Sea God Temple, Jinglu Watchtower, Nanhaikou Pass, Chenghai Pavilion, Ninghai City, and Seaside Great Wall. The suggested visiting time is about 1 to 2 hours.
How to get there from Shanhaiguan:
Get out of the Shanhaiguan Scenic Area from its west gate, cross the street and take bus No. 301 on the north side. After passing 13 stops, get off at Laolongtou stop. Then walk forward for 500 meters (550 yards) to go sightseeing around the Laolongtou Great Wall.
It’s CNY50/person and the ticket can be booked from the same WeChat account as Shanhaiguan.
How to visit:
Henghai Pavilion is the commanding height of the scenic area, thus the best place to watch the sea scenery. You can also go to the pavilion for an exhibition of the cultural relics unearthed there and the poems by national leaders, or to Ninghai City in the style and features of the fortress in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644).
How to get there from Laolongtou:
Get out of Laolongtou scenic area and go back to the bus stop you alighted. There, you may take another bus No. 35, and get off at No.7 Middle School after 24 stops, then change to bus No. 34 at the same stop, and get off at Dove Nest Park eventually. The whole transfer spends about 2 hours and CNY2 for each ride. If you go by taxi directly, it needs about 1 hour and CNY 80-100.
Stop 1: Dove Nest ParkDove Nest Park is one of the four main scenic spots in Beidaihe Scenic Area. The most attractive scenery should be the splendid sunrise from the sea and the thousands of various migratory birds in spring and autumn. It is also home to more than 600 pigeons. If you want to sail to the sea, the boats are available at the cruise port.
How to enter:
When you get to the park, scam the QR code with your WeChat at the entrance to buy the admission ticket through the self-service ticket machine. It costs CNY25 per adult. After, enter the scenic area with the ticket.
Stop 2: Tiger Stone ParkLocated in the center of Beidaihe Scenic Area, Tiger Stone Park is named after the huge stones on the beach shaped like tigers. With soft sand, clear water and wide beach, it is the best place for enjoying a sunbath or sand bath and playing with water.
How to get there from Dove Nest Park:
Take bus No.15 to Tiger Stone Park. After getting off, you need to walk south along the street for about 600 meters (660 yards) to the entrance.
How to enter:
Scam the code at the entrance to buy the ticket, then the program would create an admission code for you. You can enter by showing the admission code. It costs CNY8/person.
How to Visit:
Tourists can try motorboats, sail boarding and surf boarding. For kids, there is a children's playground for them to make sand sculptures and draw sand paintings. In the west of the park lies a small wharf where travelers can take tourism boats to the sea or go sea fishing. It costs CNY10 to use the dressing room.
· The most suitable travel time to Beidaihe Scenic Area is from May to October. If you are going to swim in the sea, August and September are the best time.
· Spring and autumn (March, April, May, September and October) are the seasons for watching the migratory birds and enjoying seafood.
· With temperate marine climate, Beidaihe Scenic Area is neither too hot in summer nor freezing cold in winter. The weather in summer is cool so a T-shirt is enough, but remember to protect yourself from the sun burn. Adding a thin coat is necessary if you take a walk along the seaside at night. From December to February the next year, it is relatively cold with an average low temperature of -6 ℃ (21 ℉) and the high temperature of 2 ℃ (35.6 ℉). It is necessary to wear the down jacket and sweater to keep warm.
How to return to Beijing:
You can get back to the bus stop out of Tiger Stone Park, and take the bus No.22 on the west side of the road. After 29 stops, get off at Beidaihe Railway Station. The trip takes over an hour.
Trains from Beidaihe to Beijing for Your Reference:
|Train No.||Departure/ Arrival Station||Departure/ Arrival Time|
|D4512||Beidaihe/ Beijing||18:27/ 20:29|
|D4538||Beidaihe/ Beijing||19:30/ 21:32|
|D4526||Beidaihe/ Beijing||20:13/ 22:16|
More Independent Beijing 2 Days Tours:
Jinshanling Great Wall: set out an exciting hiking on well-perserved Jinshanling Great Wall
Huanghuacheng Great Wall: enjoy the unique landscape of "the Great Wall in water"
Beijing Independent Travel: visit Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Badaling Great Wall