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Beijing (formerly known as Peking) is the capital city of China.
North to the Great Wall
The cheapest and easiest to reach option is the part between Jinshanling and Gubeikou. Take bus number 980 to the last stop called Miyun (16RMB, Nov 2017). There will be loads of taxis offering to drive you but you can also just walk from the bus station to the road going to Gubeikou. Walk out of the bus station take a right and then a left on the bigger crossing. Here you can either start hitching or walk a bit further till the next traffic light. Around here people will always ask you money so be sure to have a translation of what you are doing. Once you are in Gubeikou you have to pass the police check point and walk for about 200m until you see a street going left towards some neighborhood of Gubeikou. Always walk straight until the road will eventually turn to dirt road. The road ends with a house. The trail starts right before the house to the left. Follow this trail and you will eventually hit the Great Wall. The Trailhead as well as the access point are marked on MAPS.me. You can walk here for about 4km on the wall for free until you will be asked by the ticket officer of the Jinshanling part for your ticket (after having left the wall because of the military zone). You can just walk out and hitch back from Jinshanling to Beijing. (The entire walk is about 10km but very easy walk and beautiful scenery).
Southwest towards Xian
- Dujiakan roundabout: This option costs 3.5 Yuan, it's pretty good and easy to reach. Take the subway line #2 (blue line) to Changchunjie station, it costs 2 Yuan. Get out on the north-west exit, cross the road and then walk to the inner lane from the right where you will see plenty of people waiting for the bus! Don't worry, most of them will not go with you on the same bus :). Search for bus #661 or #662 and go aboard. Prepare a paper with the name Dujiakan roundabout in Chinese and show it to the lady whom you are going to pay 1.5 Yuan for the ride. When you get off the bus, you'll find yourself on a parallel street to the highway. Cross this street and on the left turn on the roundabout to the direction of the toll-gate with the blue roof. When you pass it you'll be on the highway. Stand close to the toll gate which is on the highway and you'll have a good spot hitch-hiking from. Having a sign is not a good idea, better wave your hand up and down. (November 2010)
Take the subway to Huangcun Huochezhan (黄村火车站). It's on line 4 (the Daxing line). Walk down Linxiao North Road (林校北路) towards the highway. Once at the highway, turn right and you will see the toll booth. Stand there, somebody will stop for you even though it might look like there's not much space to work with.
G2 highway goes all the way to Shanghai.
Take Yizhuang line to Wanyuanjie station (pink line). Go out of tue north east exit, head right(east) towards the highway. You will reach a fenced golf course, you can climb in and across (we even found a breach in the fence) or go around the golf course to reach the toll both. From there you are on G2. Have a note in Chinese explaining who you are, what you are doing and that you want to stay on the high way at gas stations or toll booths. This spot is still actually in 2017 but the security guard of the golf course was not that happy to see us.
Take the Yizuang line to Tongjinanlu. From there you have to walk southeast along tong ji nan lu (同济南路) for 2,3 km until you reach Xing hua zhong jie (兴华中街) where you have to turn left and follow the road for 600 m. You will see the highway and there is a entrance to go onto a service station with a restaurant and gas station ([39°45′32.12″N 116°33′21.92″E](https://www.google.com/maps?q=39%C2%B045%E2%80%B232.12%E2%80%B3N+116%C2%B033%E2%80%B221.92%E2%80%B3E)). There you can stop cars ask around or if nothing works you can also take a bus from there to everywhere as they are stoping for a break and to pick up and drop off people. But it should not be necessary as there is a lot of traffic going through. Also male sure you are not want to pay as some think if they take you, you will not have to take the bus so you can pay them.