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Cuanbai Scenic Area, Zhaitang Town, Mentougou District, Beijing 102309 China
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Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket Booking with Optional Guide Service
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Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket Booking with Optional Guide Service

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Avoid any long lines or printing problems with paperless skip-the-line entry to Beijing’s UNESCO-listed Forbidden City. Simply book in advance, stroll straight to check in, then show your passport to ensure hassle-free admission directly into the ancient complex and enjoy plenty of time to browse the site’s major attractions, including the Gate of Divine Prowess, Dragon Throne, and Palace Museum.
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Traveller_Oldie wrote a review Oct 2020
East London, South Africa249 contributions84 helpful votes
We stayed overnight for 1 night on our way to Lingshan Mountains. Lovely little local village with some interesting sights. Great area to stay to explore the surrounding mountains and villages. Many different dried fruits on offer.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Vanste wrote a review Oct 2019
England15 contributions17 helpful votes
This was meant to be one of our our holiday highlights what a complete waist of time. On arrival drive along a road flag lined !, pay at gate and welcome to what once was an authentic village. SO SO SAD to see this treasure dwarfed by restaurant after restaurant and general commercialisation. Sadly I have to advise anyone thinking of making this trip DONT BOTHER.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Adrian Is wrote a review Apr 2019
Brussels, Belgium4 contributions4 helpful votes
From Pingguoyuan station, other than 892 which comes very rarely, you can also take M22 that also goes to Zhaitang 斋堂 (ask the bus driver if he goes to Zhaitang). You can use google translate to communicate if you roam with foreign sim card to access google services/vpn! M22 seems to go the same route as 892, albeit it didn't continue further than Zhaitang. Check the signboard on the bus stop (google maps can still point you correctly to the 892 bus stop on Pingguoyuan station if you put destination as Zhaitang or Chuandixia). Come early (no later than 8 AM in the bus stop!) We then paid RMB 20 for two from Zhaitang 斋堂 to get to Cuandixia (and your taxi would ask if you wanted to pay him RMB 70 (for two in our case) to include entry to Cuandixia - which he would pocket. The last bus back from Cuandixia to Zhaitang that can realistically allow you to make your connection back to Beijing leaves Cuandixia at 15.00, so make sure you you don't miss (the time is also posted on the outbound bus stop at the entrace to Cuandixia village) It took us two attempts to get there so I definitely want to share the experience.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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EstebanGuarin wrote a review Jan 2019
Beijing, China3 contributions4 helpful votes
It is a nice place to visit if you have an extra day in Beijing, is located 2-3 hours from the city center depending on the traffic, is very easy to go there, by subway "pinggouyuan subway station line 1" once you arrive at the station, outside can take the bus Number 892 and get off at "Zhaitang Station", but there is an easy way, there you will find a lot of local drivers that will drive you to the town (very important: negotiate the price first, is not cheap but is the best option), at the town you can walk around and climb one side of the valley, also you can find the option to sleep there in the house of local people, if you want to live local experience, is a old town, nothing luxury, funny and authentic.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Sally F wrote a review Oct 2018
Beijing, China29 contributions28 helpful votes
The old stone town of Cuandixia has proven again an excellent and easy tour from Beijing, an authentic experience if you are into the history of the ordinary people. I will always take friends visiting Beijing to this unique spot, and with Beijing guide Peter Zhao iampeter518@foxmail.com ensuring a very full, but also a very relaxed time. Well away from the crowds of the Great Wall or the Forbidden City, an overnight stay will give you a break, and the time to explore the lanes of the town, enjoy traditional food specialties. Choose from several the courtyard homes layered up the hillside to spend the night. This time I enjoyed the Mao funk and newspapered walls!! You will be amazed by the Lava Canyon you must drive through to enter the town, and on the way back, make sure you ask Peter to stop at the ancient Stone Road, rutted by a millennium of constant traffic. Even until 80 years ago camel trains entered Beijing by this route, though now it’s not easy to find, so its worthwhile hiring Peter to see the real China with a real Chinese person.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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