With the exception of Chengde, the best side trips from Beijing, including the Great Wall, can be visited on a day trip. It's easy to get out of Beijing by taxi, even to sites as far away as farther-flung sections of the Great Wall and the Qing Tombs in Zunhua (126 km [78 miles] northeast). Train travel is an option for some side trips; organized bus tours are especially convenient as they take care of the details. Chengde, a 4-hour train ride from Beijing, needs more than a day.
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