From the real experience of myself
21.05.2010 - 24.05.2010
Not all the people prefer to travel with the group organized by travel agency, including me. So our trip to Beijing in this May was entirely planned by ourselves.
Here I should say thanks to my friend in Beijing, who gave us useful advice for getting to Badaling Great Wall. This is helpful for only those who are interested in self-travel.
Firstly, we got up early and reached De Sheng Men bus station, which is at the north of Beijing City. Since our hotel was close to Temple of Heaven, which is at the south, it took a bit longer.
When we got there, many people had been waiting orderly for a long time in queues. So we quickly rushed to one of the queues and waited for our turn to get on the bus in patience.
Just when we were about to get on the bus, the ticket seller told us we should have gone to another queue nearby, while the bus we've beein waiting for was actually destined for YanQing instead of Badaling.
Poor guys! We had to move to the right queue as the ticket seller instructed. It is important to make sure that you get on the right bus to Badaling.
The bus number is 919, which costs 12RMB per person. It takes about 1.5 hours to Badaling.
It was time for lunch when we arrived at the site. The food outside the site was extrordinarily expensive, almost three to four times as much as usual, while the taste was much worse than usual. So it is wise to take some picnic food if you want save more budget. In fact, most restaurants at the tourist sites can hardly provide delicious food at reasonable price. We have expected that before we started off.