This tour was truly amazing. Took part in it on a rainy, foggy day by the lead of a fantastic, professional personal Guide (Lee) and a kind Driver.
At first, I can recommmend Novotel Hotel at Sanyuanqiao (can be located with ease by Airport Express - as a starting point and the staff was really helpful (despite I was not their Guest, treated me like that) when wanted to call my contacts, also gave free Wifi, etc.
The way to and from the Wall was awesome. I was just listening to whole China's history (Lee was prepared! :D), the establishment of different areas, the kingdoms, about the main purpose of the Wall, etc. Also had the chance to take a glimpse onto the the Bird's Nest (Olympic Stadium, Opening Ceremony Point of the 2008 one), despite it was not in the original program. Full generosity.
The Wall appeared as a romantic spot, was a real adventure to climb up to the top on the slippery stairs and look around on this top quality, world heritage site.
After the ~1,5-2h walkaround, got back to the city just before time and could catch my plane without any worries.
Can not say other than the service was 1st class and you should not miss this organization when you meet with some of the same opportunities as me.
very good tour
Incredible. Snow was falling and it was magical.
The pick up is been in perfect time and the van is been excellent, the driver and the guide are been friendly and kind. The great Wall at Juyongguan is spectacular, to go up is very tiring but to it's a dream to walk on it. Our guide has helper us to buy some good souvenirs with a good price, has gave us all time we need, before to came beck to Hotel.
If you want to see and climb the Wall without losing a whole day, this is a perfect trip.
Private tour is exactly what this is. We were contacted the night before by our guide, Leo, who made arrangements to meet us at our hotel. He was waiting for my wife, son and myself in the lobby the next morning. He lead us to our van, which we had to ourselves the entire day. We left at 9 am and got to The Wall at Juyongguan at 1030 am. The guide bought tickets and lead us to the starting point. We had two hours to explore. The weather was excellent and we hiked to the top and then back down. Had plenty of time to enjoy ourselves. The guide met us at a prearranged spot and we went to lunch at a Jade Factory. Lunch was outstanding and consisted of Kung Pao Chicken, Peppered Beef, a Pork dish, sweet peas, soup and rice. We bought some jade items, this was a no pressure place and a nice atmosphere. We then spent the afternoon at the Ming Tombs. Our guide explained to us the history behind the Ming Dynasty and was very knowledgeable on the subject. We stopped by a Silk Factory, there was a little more pressure there, but it was still a comfortable shopping experience. My wife bought a nice jacket for roughly $88. The guide then took us back to our hotel, ending a very pleasant tour experience. If you book this tour, you won't be disappointed.
The Jugongguan was well worth a visit - the climb was extremely steep in places and the higher you climbed, the volume of people was also reduced, albeit we saw very few tourists climb to the same level as us. Since it was on one of the National Chinese Holidays, all the locals had gathered to climb the wall so it was very crowded, so hanging on to the handrails became a challenge at times as the locals would just sit down and block access to the handrails. We were told that the locals prefer the steeper sections as it is good exercise for them and tend to avoid the sections which are not as steep. Our private tour guide said that there were no toilets at the top - he was wrong, unless of course he has never walked the distance that we did in the hour it took us to get to a relatively high spot, where the wall divided. We had clear blue skies so views were breath-taking when we got to the top, so well worth it.
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