Beijing (formerly known as Peking) is the capital city of China.
TO THE GREAT WALL in GUBEIKU (Free option)
The cheapest and easiest to reach option is the part between Jinshanling and Gubeikou. Take bus number 980 to the last stop called Miyun (16RMB, Nov 2017). There will be loads of taxis offering to drive you but you can also just walk from the bus station to the road going to Gubeikou. Walk out of the bus station take a right and then a left on the bigger crossing. Here you can either start hitching or walk a bit further till the next traffic light. Around here people will always ask you money so be sure to have a translation of what you are doing. Once you are in Gubeikou you have to pass the police check point and walk for about 200m until you see a street going left towards some neighborhood of Gubeikou. Always walk straight until the road will eventually turn to dirt road. The road ends with a house. The trail starts right before the house to the left. Follow this trail and you will eventually hit the Great Wall. The Trailhead as well as the access point are marked on MAPS.me. You can walk here for about 4km on the wall for free until you will be asked by the ticket officer of the Jinshanling part for your ticket (after having left the wall because of the military zone). You can just walk out and hitch back from Jinshanling to Beijing. (The entire walk is about 10km but very easy walk and beautiful scenery).
- Leo hostel, close to Tiananmen, $6.50 for a dorm.
If you head down the same street west there are two other youth hostels, slightly cheaper even but not so busy. For the closer one turn right at the bifurcation. It is about 5-10min walk from LEO.
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