Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015!

 

The holiday season is once again around the corner. It is a wonderful time for us to remember the friends and customers who make our jobs a pleasure all year long and keep our business successful. Our business would not be possible without your continued support.

We’d like to take a moment to express our appreciation for your business and let you know  that we look forward to continuing to serve you in the coming year.

As you celebrate this season of joy and peace, know that we send the warmest of wishes your way.

The First Winter Snow on Great Wall Mutianyu

In the last month the trees at Great Wall Mutianyu have been stripped of leaves and the temparatures have plummeted but don’t be put off: winter at Great Wall Mutianyu has a different kind of magic. Yesterday we experienced the first snowfall at the start of a hike up the Great Wall Mutianyu. Quiet, breathtakingly cold and, as always, a welcome respite from the grime and bustle of Beijing.

 

Mutianyu Great Wall is one of the best parts of the Wall in Beijing area. Authentic and fully restored, but relative safe to go.

 

The steps to the Wall is covered with snow. Better prepare a pair of warm shoes or boots with a sturdy grip on the soles. 

 

It was a Wednesday in the middle of winter, chilly and uncrowded. We reached the platform near tower 14. Once up the Wall, we then took the path to the right . This location was gorgeous and the views were inspiring.

 

We had the Wall almost to ourselves – just saw 2 other tourists in the entire time we were hiking the Great Wall Mutianyu itself.  How lucky we are! 

 

We went up the right side to reach tower 1. The Wall behind tower 1 was different from what we expected. Here, the tower is broken, the steps are missing. It was less ‘safe’, but much more rural and beautiful.

 

It is amazing to stand there looking at all of the mountainsides around you and take in just how expansive the wall is, definitely a trip worth taking once in your lifetime!

 

Hiking the Great Wall Mutianyu was a great day trip. The hiking was strenuous and worth every minute of it!  The skies were blue and wonderfully clear, and it was very sunny. Lots of fun and a breathtaking experience. 

 

Attention: Temple of Heaven is to close on Sept, 30th and Oct, 1st, 2014

Latest updates on Sept, 29th: Forbidden City opens at 7:30AM between Oct 1st and Oct 4th to accommodate the increased number of visitors during the holiday. Last ticket is still sold out at 4PM during that time.

For celebrating the 65th anniversary of the founding of the PRC, Temple of Heaven along with other 4 parks: Chaoyong park, Taoranting park, Yuyantan park, Yuanboyuan park are to close on Sept, 30th (12pm–6pm), and Oct 1st, 2014. If your travel plans involve Temple of Heaven on the 30th, Sept and the 1st, Oct, 2014, better adjust your plan to other sites.

Meanwhile 373 parks including Beijing Botanical Garden, Fragrant Hills Park,  Old Summer Palace and the Temple of Earth are to open free on the 1st, October, 2014.

It is really crowed in most places of China during the golden week, streets, tourist areas, shopping malls, etc. Most tourists areas will be open during the holiday. Try to avoid the first two days and the last day of the “Golden Week”. They are the busiest time for transportation system, when the flight tickets are highest and train and long-distance bus tickets are hardest to buy.

 

Resources: http://www.bj.xinhuanet.com/jsbd/2014-09/23/c_1112583840.htm

http://www.like-news.us/?i445630-Beijing-will-hold-78-national-day-festival-park-open-free