Top Reasons to Go on Side Trips from Beijing
Walk on the Wall: Postcard views of large sections of the restored wall rise majestically around you. The sheer scope of this ancient project boggles the mind.
Add Ming to the Mix: It's easy to arrange a tour or your own transportation to the Great Wall and the Thirteen Ming Tombs—especially if you go to the Badaling section of the wall.
Have an Adventure: Traveling through rural China, even for a day trip, is always something of an adventure. Endless greenery peppered with ramshackle villages and roadside fruit stalls ensure that short stops along the way are a must rather than an inconvenience.
Meet the Locals: People in rural China can be extremely kind, inviting you to their homes for tea, a meal. If you accept an invite, a small gift is always appreciated.