near Great Wall - Accommodation

Old Oct 18th, 2004, 09:45 PM
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near Great Wall - Accommodation

Hi all,

I will be travelling to China in April 2005 with my spouse plus a 4 year old and a 6 year old. We want to spend 1 or 2 nights near the Great Wall. Any suggestions re accommodation?


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Old Oct 19th, 2004, 03:02 AM
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I guess it depends on which section of the wall you want to focus on. The Badaling section is only located about an hour outside Beijing and from what I understand this is the most popular section amongst tourists. My wife and I went to Simatai which is located about 2 hours out of Beijing. We went there in March and there were not that many people there and it was a great experience I have posted pictures and a trip report from our trip on my homepage Maybe you can find some useful information there.

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As gard mentioned above, it depends on which section you are going. For some popular sections like Badaling, there are a few hotels around. But for some less popular sections like Simatai, I only saw a youth hostel near the entrance of the Great Wall. You can check

In any case, only basic accomodation is available and don't expect too much.
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The only one I can think of is the uber-fashionable and expensive Commune. Never been there, of course, but the website is impressive. May not be what you had in mind, though, especially with two young kids.
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Thanks for the suggestions. The Commune looks intriguing but outside our budget by a long shot.

Has anyone stayed at the Red Capital Ranch? See:


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