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The Mutianyu Great Wall    慕田峪长城

The Mutianyu Great Wall is about 75 kilometers Northeast of Beijing.  It is the most famous section for foreign travelers.  Unlike the Badaling Great Wall, Mutianyu has a beautiful landscape all year round and has less tourists.  You can take a cable car to the top and use the toboggan to slide down.  It is really, really fun and exciting!

Hours: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. 
Price: 45 RMB admission fee (Approximately USD 7.00)
           100 RMB for the cable car and toboggan
(Approximately USD 17.00)
 

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The Tiananmen Square   天安门广场
The Tiananmen Square is located in the center of Beijing.  It is the biggest city center square in the world.  Most of the tourists visit the square to enjoy the surroundings and take many photos.  It symbolizes he greatness of Beijing and is a place for celebration during festive occasions, such as National Day on October 1st.
    Hours: 5:00 am to 7:30 pm
    Price:  Free

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The Forbidden City  紫禁城

The Forbidden City was the former Imperial Palace during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.  It is located in the center of Beijing right behind Tiananmen Square.  The Forbidden city was built 600 years ago and is the largest and best-preserved Imperial Palace in China.

Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (Open 1st April to 31th October)
            8:30 am to 4:00 pm (Open 1st November to 30th April)
Price: 60 RMB (Approximately USD 10.00, Open 1st April to 31th October)    
          40 RMB (Approximately USD 7.00, Open 1st November to 30th April)



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The Summer Palace   颐和园

The Summer Palace is the best preserved and largest Imperial garden in China with a history of over 800 years.  Today, the main attraction of the Summer Palace is the lush Gardens of Clear Ripples which was built in 1750 by Emporor Qianlong.  It was rebuilt and renamed to Summer Palace since 1888 by the former Qing Dynasty for the Dragon Lady Cixi.  The Summer Palace occupies an area of over 290 hectares(716 acres) surrounded mainly by the  Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake.
Hours: 6:30 am to 6:00 pm  (Open 1st April to 31th October) 
             7:00 am to 5:00 pm (Open 1st November to 30th April)
Price: 30 RMB admission fee (Approximately USD 5.00)

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The Ming Tombs      十三陵


The Ming Tombs is 50 kilometers far to the northwest of Beijing. There are 13 Ming Emperors buried here, so it is called "Thirteen Ming Tombs".  Normally, "the Great Wall and Ming Tombs" is a tour route for one day. There are only there tombs( Chang ling, Ding ling, Zhao ling) and the Sacred Way are opened to the public. Chang ling is the biggest tomb here. Ding ling is the only one excavated so far. It's opened with the Underground Palace. Zhao ling is a small tomb for the 12th Ming Emperor, but it's very typical.  But anyway, you can just choose one to visit, if you still want to go to the Great Wall.
Hour: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Price:  Chang ling 50 RMB admission fee (Approximately USD 9.00)
            Ding ling 65 RMB admission fee (Approximately USD 11.00)
            The Secred Way 35RMB admission fee (Approximately USD 6.00)

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The Old Beijing Hutongs    胡同
  

The word "Hutong" originates from the word "Hottog" which means "well" in Mongolian. Villagers would dig a well and living inside it.  Hutong means, a lane or alley way.  In fact, the passage formed by the lines of Siheyuan (a compound with houses around the perimeter) is where the older Beijing residents current live.  When visiting the Hutongs, you will undoubtedly experience how the "locals" live in Beijing.
         
Hours: 8:00 am to 19:00 pm
Price: 120 RMB Tour fee
(Approximately USD 20.00)

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Lama Temple

Lama Temple (Yonghegong) was built as a mansion for Emperor Yongzheng in the Qing Dynasty when he was a prince.  In 1744, the Temple was converted into a lamasery and the home of larger numbers of monks from Mongolia and Tibet.  The lamasery has five halls in total.  The prayer halls contain many superb statues including a 23-meter-high Maitreya caved from a white sandalwood tree from Tibet, as well as Tibetan sculptures and a great copper cauldron.

Hours: 8:00am to17:00pm
Price: 25 RMB admission fee (Approximately USD 5.00)
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