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Badaaling or MUtianyu Great wall

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Manila, Philippines
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Badaaling or MUtianyu Great wall

Party of 3 female friends will be visiting Beijing for the first time in 3rd weekend of Oct for full 3 days . We plan to go to Great wall on Saturday and pass by other tourist sites( possibly Ming tomb) to maximize our stay . Any advice on choice location of Great wall we should visit ?

Which would have a grander vista ?, more autumn foliage ?Is Badaling less crowded during these time ? We plan to join a group tour as we are totally clueless with language and travelling in China . Help !

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1. Re: Badaaling or MUtianyu Great wall

Read this please: http://tinyurl.com/GuidetoBeijing

Everything you need is there.

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2. Re: Badaaling or MUtianyu Great wall

At Mutianyu there are less tourist masses generally.

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3. Re: Badaaling or MUtianyu Great wall

No need to join a tour, just hire a driver to get you there.

Do not expect any kind of colorful fall foliage. Mutianyu is better as it is not as busy and as commercial but epect more people on weekends.

Ming Tombs are not really worth it.

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4. Re: Badaaling or MUtianyu Great wall

Agree with Jean-Pierre Mutianyu is less touristy and don't waste time on the Ming Tombs.

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5. Re: Badaaling or MUtianyu Great wall

Mutianyu, absolutely no question. do the slide down, good fun.

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6. Re: Badaaling or MUtianyu Great wall

Also, your hotel/hostel will easily help you get a taxi to Mutianyu for the day. Very easy, avoid a tour group if you can.

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7. Re: Badaaling or MUtianyu Great wall

We just visted Mutianyu today, we hired Mark to drive us. His car is perfect for three and he is very sweet, a perfect gentleman. He will help you buy your tickets and show you the way up to the wall, etc. No worries with him.

http://www.best-our.com/

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Write him early to firm up your date, there is one day a week that he cannot drive his car due to the restrictions in Beijing.

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8. Re: Badaaling or MUtianyu Great wall

Thanks a lot for all your tips. Finally decided mutianyu and skip Ming, opt for taxi to drive up to the Wall . Will skip the group tour as I dont want to be shepherded to stores /shops by tour guides!

Will ask driver to bring us to Summer palace afterwards. Would this be possible ?

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9. Re: Badaaling or MUtianyu Great wall

Yes it is possible. In the case of Mark that I normally use myself, he will pick you up at your hotel and drop you anywhere in town. Most drivers will do the same.

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10. Re: Badaaling or MUtianyu Great wall

It is possible.But the Summer palace is very big and it closes early.You should arrange for your plan well.Have fun!