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Adventures on Beijing's Outskirts

While Beijing has countless attractions, an escape from the urban chaos can offer an appealing breather. Luckily, the city's outlying areas boast outdoor getaways that serve as powerful antidotes. The Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, and ancient cave dwellings are just a few.
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Beijing, China
The Great Wall of China runs more than 21,000 kilometers (over 13,000 miles), not as one continuous wall but rather as fortified wall sections. Some of the sections date back more than 2,500 years, though only 8.2 percent of the existing wall is...
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Changchi Rd, Changping Qu, China
The Ming Tombs are 31 miles northwest of Beijing. The cemetery covers an area of 40 sq. kilometers with 13 Ming emperors buried here. This is a popular UNESCO attraction in China and easily combined with visiting Badaling Great Wall for a day trip...