Monday, 19 May 2014

Travel Diaries: Beijing Day 3 Mutianyu Great Wall & Ming Tombs

Happy Victoria Monday! Today I'm back with another update from my trip to Beijing, you can check out my recap of days 1 & 2 here. We decided to go with a tour group to see the Great Wall & Ming Tombs - it was just a lot cheaper to do it this way rather than taking a cab that far. It was a national holiday from May 1st-3rd, so the traffic was just insane. Our tour guide said that the drive to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall was normally about a 1.5-2hr drive, but it took us almost 4 hours to get there! We really didn't mind, as we enjoyed sightseeing from the tour bus. First, we stopped for lunch, and I was really happy that they had a ton of vegan options - the food was delicious!

Chinese Food
Lazy Susan with a ton of food!

Next, we continued driving to the Great Wall. I was really excited to see the wall, but actually being there completely surpassed any expectations that I had. We took a ski lift up the mountain, which didn't feel the most secure! The trip up only took a few minutes, and then we were on top of the world, literally!

Great Wall Ski Lift

Great Wall Ski Lift

Once we stepped off of the ski lift, I had to take a moment to catch my breath - the view was just unbelievable! The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is a bit further from the heart of Beijing than some of the other sections, so it wasn't too busy, which was really nice. We explored the wall, taking in the scenery and all of the history that goes with the wall. 

Laura at Mutianyu Great Wall

Laura at Mutianyu Great Wall

Laura & Dylan at Mutianyu Great Wall

Laura at Mutianyu Great Wall

Mutianyu Great Wall

Laura at Mutianyu Great Wall

After a few hours at the wall, we had to make our way back to the tour bus. There are three ways to get down - you can walk, talk the ski lift, or toboggan, yes, toboggan! Of course we chose to toboggan! You sit in this little metal sled with a handle that you push forward to go faster, and pull back to break. The trip down only took about 5 minutes, and it was a ton of fun!

Toboggan sled at Great Wall

The next stop on our tour was a jade factory. There were many beautiful sculptures made out of single pieces of jade. These sculptures were gorgeous, and extremely expensive! The store also had a ton of jewelry, and I picked out a beautiful bracelet and pair of earrings for Dylan's grandmother.

Jade Factory

Jade Horse
Jade horse

Jade Cabbage
Jade cabbage 

Next, we went to visit the Ming Tombs. I'll be honest - I didn't know much about these tombs before our tour, but Dylan was quite excited about it. It had just started to rain, but only lightly, and that was the only time it rained for our entire trip!

Ming Tombs

Ming Tombs

Ming Tombs

Ming Tombs View

We learned a lot at the Ming Tombs, there's so much history here! If you don't have a car while in China, a group tour is definitely the way to go. We went with Dragon Delight China Tours, and the entire day, including travel, lunch, and admission tickets, was only $30 USD each. We both had an incredible day - definitely one that we'll never forget! I loved seeing the Great Wall, as that was one of the main reasons that I wanted to go to China. If you've been thinking about visiting China, I highly recommend it. The Mutianyu Wall is a must-see, even though it is a bit farther away from the Beijing core. 

Have you visited China and/or the Great Wall before? 

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20 comments:

  1. Hello, I'm stopping by from the SITS Facebook group, where I saw your blog listing! Amazing pictures! I haven't been to China, but the parts of the world I have been, including much of Europe, Indonesia, and Central America remind me of the pictures! I'd love for you to check my blog out as well at, http://theladyprefers2save.com, as well as my twitter and facebook feeds! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Wow, sounds like you've traveled a lot, I'm super jealous!

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  2. Beautiful pictures!! I would love to visit the Great Wall :)

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    1. Thanks! It's definitely a trip of a lifetime :)

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  3. Wow...this trip looks like it was amazing. Those photos of the great wall are pretty incredible!

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  4. Ouhhh, such great pictures! Glad you were able to find some vegan goodies! Also, can't believe you were able to toboggan down! That's crazy!

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    1. Thanks Natalie! I know, the toboggan ride was crazy!

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  5. What an incredible trip! You're so lucky to get to experience all of this :)

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    1. Thank you :) I know, it really was a trip of a lifetime!

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  6. What are you two using for skincare, both your skin look crazy perfect!!!?!?!?!
    ...Lol only thing I noticed haha

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    1. Haha love you Jasmine! Dylan pretty much uses only water to wash his face lol and a Simple moisturizer, and I use a whole bunch of stuff!

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  7. This is definitely somewhere I would love to visit after reading your posts, it looks amazing.

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  8. Two two are too cute together :D
    SO JEALOUS THAT YOU GOT A LIFT UP AND GOT TO TOBOGGAN DOWN. The latter is pretty rad :D
    Going to see the wall was a bit surreal for me though, because of the immense history around it. Unreal.

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    1. Aw thanks Vanessa! I know, i definitely had to take a few moments at first to take it all in!

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  9. That looks so amazing!!! I am loving your travel diaries, giving me wanderlust big time.
    Also, your man has a gorgeous smile. (teee heee The Great Wall proposal!!!)

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    1. I have insane wanderlust now, can I book another trip already?!
      Aw thanks Julie, he'll love to hear that!!

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Laura