You may recall my trip to Beijing from my post Memories of Beijing with travel blogger Kyle Bernard where I decided it was a great idea to eat scorpions on a stick during Dragon Boat Festival in China. I knew I couldn’t live in China without visiting their capital city so during the first break I got off work I contacted Kyle with the idea and he was good to go. We booked our tickets, our accommodations and in a few weeks we landed in Beijing.
Kyle requested we stay at a hostel called 365 Inn. I was pretty weary of what to expect because I’ve heard some horror stories about hostels but I decided to go with it anyways and I’m so glad I did! The hostel is about a 15 minute walk from the subway. We had booked standard private suite which included two twin beds and it felt like I was in a hotel not a hostel which was a bonus for me. The facilities were very well maintained and the staff is amazing. The bar downstairs allows you to grab a bite to eat and meet other people staying at the hostel or those that may be coming exploring the area and there is Wifi on every floor! 365 inn is about a 20 minute walk to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. I would stay at this hostel again in a heartbeat and recommend it to anyone who decides to visit Beijing.
While we were there we had decided to visit 3 iconic places: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City and The Great Wall.
Our first stop was Tiananmen Square. There was no fee to enter to square which I’m glad there wasn’t because it is exactly what the title says: a large square. If you want to ascend the Tiananmen Tower the fee is 15 RMB.
The next day we made our way to The Forbidden City which was located close to Tiananmen Square. We waited an hour in line for our ticket which was 60 RMB ($13 CAD).
To get to the Badaling Great Wall we took a train which took approximately an hour and twenty minutes. Our train ticket was 6 RMB. Once we arrived at the Badaling Railway Station we took a bus which dropped us off in front of the entrance of the Great Wall. Our fee to enter was 40 RMB ($8 CAD) and to take the cable car one-way down the Great Wall was also 40 RMB.
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Stay Restless my friends!