I joined a PKU trip to the Great Wall at Mutianyu last weekend. Although I’d been to this part before, it was in the depths of Beijing’s icy winter, so a summer visit was very different. Two of us climbed beyond the tourist area onto a part of the wall that hasn’t been renovated. The views were as spectacular as before and it was worth the extra hike in hot weather to get away from the crowds and scramble over the ruins.
This is a map of Peking University’s main campus in Haidian District 海淀区）. Although you on it you can’t see the names of individual buildings, it does give an overview of the campus. Out of the three universities I’ve studied at, it’s by far the most scenic (and also the largest). Many of the buildings are in a traditional Chinese style, and the campus has plenty of lakes, streams, and gardens. To the east is Tsinghua University （清华大学）, south is the district of Zhongguancun （中关村）, and west and north is Yuanmingyuan (圆明园）- the old Summer Palace, amongst other smaller places.