Get off the beaten path and do something a little different during your trip to Beijing by taking an eco tour of the area. From organic fruit picking to helping restore a UNESCO World Heritage site, these experiences are both fun and environmentally friendly.
Agro-Tourism Near Beijing
Much like in other parts of the world, Beijingers sometimes head to nearby orchards and fields on the weekends to enjoy a popular pastime: fruit picking. Beijing's suburban farms and orchards grow organic strawberries, cherries, grapes, apples, persimmon, pears, peaches, and apricots, among others, and depending on the season, you can taste fruit directly from the plants. Strawberry picking is popular throughout the year thanks to greenhouse farming technology.
Restoring the Great Wall
The UNESCO-listed Great Wall of China is at the top of just about every traveler's must-see list when visiting Beijing. Instead of simply taking the usual tour, take part in restoring the iconic architectural wonder for future generations. Eco tour visitors to the Great Wall at Badaling get to see what the wall looks like without throngs of visitors and can add a brick to a section being restored to its original state.