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2-Day Beijing Independent Tour

Day 1 Tiananmen Square - Forbidden City - Temple of Heaven
This 2 days independent Beijing tour starts with the Tiananmen Square, which can be reached through Tiananmen East Station of subway line 1. Or, you can also take bus 1, 2, 52, 59, 82, 99, 120, or tourist bus line 1 or 2 to get there. Tiananmen Square is the world's largest urban square with solemn buildings of Tiananmen Tower, Monument to People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao, and the National Museum of China.
Forbidden City
Walking through the Tiananmen Tower at the northern end of the square, you will reach the entrance of the Forbidden City immediately. As the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911), it houses nearly 10,000 rooms in total and you are recommended to spend around 3 hours visiting buildings along the central axis. Please note that this imperial complex is closed on Monday.

Get out of the Forbidden City from the northern gate, Gate of Divine Prowess, and then take bus no. 128 from Gugong Stop to Fahuasi. Once alighted, walk southwards for 200 yards to enter the Temple of Heaven from its eastern gate. This place used to be the holy site in old times for emperors to worship ancestors and gods, as well as pray for peace and good harvest for people.
Besides admiring splendid palaces and altar, you can also have a chance to immerse in the leisurely life of the senior Beijingers inside the Temple of Heaven. The park there always gathers many citizens chatting, playing chess, practicing Tai Chi and Beijing Opera. If you are interested, you may join them and local people are very glad to teach you some Tai Chi moves and opera lyrics.

When the full itinerary is over, take a taxi back to your hotel and have a good rest for the next day's independent tour to Badaling Great Wall.
Day 2 Badaling Great Wall
Great Wall at Badaling
Chinese people always call themselves 'the Descendants of the Dragon'. Resembling a giant dragon winding along lofty mountain ridges, the Great Wall is considered the symbol of the whole nation. Therefore, seeing the Great Wall in person should be a must for every independent traveler to China. For today's tour, we recommend you spend the whole day admiring Badaling Great Wall, which is the most famous section of China.

Built along rolling mountains, some segments of the Great Wall can be very steep, making the climbing a little challenging. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring mountaineering equipment if necessary. Since ascending the Great Wall will consume much of your energy, before you set out, please pack some chocolate bars, snacks, and bottled water for energy-replenishing, as few vendor can be found along the wall.
You are recommended to take direct bus no. 877 from the north of the Deshengmen Arrow Tower to Badaling Great Wall in around one hour. To reach Deshengmen, please take subway line 2 to Jishuitan; get out from Exit B2 and the Arrow Tower is 700 yards east of you. Alternatively, buses 5, 27, 55, 305, 315, 380, 409, 625, 883, 909, 919, and tourist bus line 3 also stop by Deshengmen in the midway.

When the visit is over, reverse the trip back to downtown Beijing. You should notice that the last return bus departs from Badaling at 17:00 during Apr. 1 - Nov. 15 and 16:30 between Nov. 16 and Mar. 31.
This 2-day Beijing independent tour comes to an end at this point. If you still want to further explore this city, you can refer to our other Beijing independent tours. If you plan to head for other destinations, please feel free to contact us for flight/train tickets booking.

 More Independent Beijing 2 Days Tours:
    Shanhaiguan & Beidaihe: know about the history of Shanhaiguan and relax at Beidaihe seaside
    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"

Questions & Answers
Asked by Ivea from CANADA | Feb. 03, 2019 23:04Reply
How do we get, quickest way, to Beijing West Train Station from Badaling Great Wall, please? Thanks.
Our train tickets got moved from late night sleeper to mid-afternoon, cutting off our time at Badaling Great Wall. We plan on going in the morning, but the train leaves the West Station at 3:29 PM. So how soon do we need to leave Badaling in order to make it in time for the train to Pingyao? And what trains/buses or a taxi should we use? Thank you very much.
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Answered by Karolina | Feb. 10, 2019 18:54

If you still choose this half day to visit the Badaling Great Wall, I kindly suggest you take a private tour with private guide and driver to save more time on the road. Or if you would like to travel on your own, you should get to the Great Wall earlier and leave enough time to the railway station. The journey from Badaling Great Wall to Beijing West Railway Station is about 63 kilometers and the whole journey takes about 140 minutes. You may take the Bus No. 877 the earliest one from Badaling at 11:00 am to Deshengmen Station and walk to Jishuitan subway station to take Subway Line 2 going through one station and getting off at Xizhimen Station. Then you transfer to the Subway Line 4 to the National Library Station. Finally you should take Subway Line 9 to Beijing West Railway Station. Considering about the time cost on the road and there must be very rushed of your Great Wall trip. Or you can charter a car /taxi in advance but the traffic in Beijing is usually heavy.
Asked by JC from USA | Sep. 16, 2016 15:33Reply
Badaling Great Wall or Mutianyu
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Answered by Angela | Sep. 17, 2016 20:15

Hi, Badaling and Mutianyu Great Wall are all very popular among tourists. If this is your first time to come to China, Badaling is recommended as it is the most visited section. However, if your stay just during the holidays or you can not climb too much steps, then you may consider visiting the Mutianyu section. It is less crowded with gentle slope. Moreover, the cable car and toboggan make your visit easier.
Asked by JC from USA | Sep. 16, 2016 15:29Reply
Why tour with you is better than self exploration?
I have been to Beijing many years ago. Now I want to go again. Could you explain why tour with you is better than I go by myself. Advantage and disadvantage, etc...
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Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Sep. 19, 2016 20:16

We are a leading online tour operator offering various choices of travel plans for tourists from all over the world. Our professional travel consultants are ready to help you to tailor-make the itinerary according to your own need. Beijing is a city full of cultural relics and profound history, it is helpful to understand the historical places better with our English-speaking guides' company. Besides, our excellent service will make you feel at ease all the time. Thank you.
Asked by Lea from PHILIPPINES | May. 05, 2016 07:29Reply
Nearest Hutong
please recommend a near Hutongs where we can pay a quick visit? we will be travelling with a group :( and would really like to squeeze Hutongs in our itinerary.. we will be staying in Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven.. thank you for your answer! :)
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Answered by sharon | May. 06, 2016 02:26

hi, the most distinctive hutongs are a little bit far from your hotel, but the subway is very convenient to reach the hutongs from your hotel. You can also take taxi to the Hutongs. Most of them may take 20-40 minutes. I suggest the Nanluogu Xiang and Yandai Xiejie hutongs for you.
Answered by Lea from PHILIPPINES | May. 15, 2016 04:08

Thank you for your helpful response! :) Off topic, would you know if money changers around Beijing trades Philippine Peso to Yuan? Thanks again.
Answered by sharon | May. 15, 2016 21:03

You can exchange Philippine Peso to Yuan in Bank of China.
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