The Great Wall

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Avoid the Badal­ing stretch like you would typhoid, un­less you en­joy min­gling with huge swarms of sweat-drenched, khaki-panted tourists. Head in­stead for the re­stored Mu­tianyu sec­tion /慕田裕/ 90 min­utes out of town / with an easy-ac­cess ca­ble car up and zippy to­bog­gan down (plus some pretty dross sou­venir stalls). Take lunch at nearby The School­house / 12 Mu­tianyu Cun / Huairou / 6162 6506 /懷柔區慕田裕村12號/ theschool­house­at­mu­tianyu.com / for farm-fresh in­ter­na­tional fare; or rus­tic home­made noo­dle shop Xiao Lu Mian / 130 Ying­beigou Cun / Huairou / 6162 6506 / 11am-4pm Apr-oct, or by appt Nov-mar /小廬面/懷柔區渤海鎮營北溝村130號/ xi­ao­lu­mian.com. In the same vil­lage are coun­try­side-chic house rentals from The School­house crew (see above), or for­mer tile fac­tory turned 16-room smart eco-lodge The Brick­yard / Ying­beigou Cun / Huairou /瓦廠/懷柔區渤鎮營北溝村南100米/ brick­yardat­mu­tianyu.com. Have your ho­tel pack you a sarnie and a bot­tle of pop for the ride over.

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