Get Inspired / China Jo's Tour of Southern China - Day 4 Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / China Jo's Tour of Southern China - Day 4 story by: Jo Wedlock Beijing Day four actually starts at midnight on day three with a check in at the Legendale Hotel in Beijing. The Legendale is amazing to look at. Constructed in the image of a French castle, it has a massive lobby with vaulted ceiling and is one of the most impressive hotel entranceways I have ever seen. Classified as a 5 star, of the three hotels we’ve stayed at this one is the most visually impressive. Unfortunately the service didn’t live up to the decor and be warned, if you are checking in whether pre-paid or not, the hotel insists on taking a $1000 per person per day bond as a deposit for incidentals! So make sure you have a large limit on their credit card or you could get stuck if staying at the Legendale. The rooms were lovely and breakfast was great but not up to the massive selection I had come to expect after the Westin and Sofitel! It’s another early start today as we are off to two separate areas of the great wall. We meet our Beijing Guide, Nancy, in the lobby. It’s about a 2 hour drive from the hotel to BaDaLing which is reputed to be the most restored area of the wall. There is much debate in the bus about BaDaLing. Half of our group really want to go there as it’s the most famous and is typically where most Kiwis would go if they wanted to walk the wall. The other half want to go to a lessor visited part of the wall and avoid the crowds. Finally we get some agreement that we will go to BaDaLing and then when we are done there, if we have time we will go to a less busy/popular section of the wall. As there isn’t anywhere to get a meal by the wall I’ve pre-arranged with the hotel to prepare a picnic which we’ll take up by gondola and will lay out at the highest point of the wall – over 800 metres – and then we’ll interview tourists when they are up the wall. This section of the wall gets around 10,000 visitors PER DAY. Most of these are Chinese nationals and it’s really busy with some parts of the wall so narrow that only single file can progress so it is a long and slow journey, but the view is indescribable and the experience is one not to be missed. Click here for Cheap Flights to Asia or HOT China Holiday Deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist The Eight Sights of Guangzhou Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Do Stop til’ you get Enough Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.