This tour was perfect and rediculous lay cheap for the amount of activities/info/travel time we received. As promised, the remote section of the wall was terrific (spent two hours hiking to the nonrestored section, if u chose to do this there is no time to get to the tobogganing).
Great tour! Grace was a very helpful guide and we had a lot of fun. Don't skip the toboggan ride and the foot massage at the end - they're the best parts.
Really enjoyed the tour! The Great Wall was one of our highlights and our tour guide was fantastic! He was extremely friendly and helpful! Definitely recommend this tour.
Great tour for the Great Wall at Mutianyu. May be expanded a bit more (our talkative and friendly and helpful guide told us that the tour offers more time "on the wall" than any other tour availible; yet an hour or so more time wouldn't hurt).
I had a great time on this tour. Because of scheduling the tour ended up being two of us, our driver, and our outstanding guide Jason. Jason had a fantastic way of providing an overview of Beijing, it's history, the "must see" sites, and the "must do" things. All on the hour drive to the Wall from our hotel.
The Mutianyu section of the wall is much nicer to see than the section at Badaling (which I visited years ago). Clean, well cared for, and the local vendors were more friendly than threatening. You have the choice of riding from the parking lot to the wall on either a tram or chair lift. We chose the chair since you had the option to take an alpine slide back down when we were done. Added fun!
The views were spectacular, even though there was quite a bit of smog when we started. We stopped at a cloisonne factory and government run silk shop on the way back to the hotel, and they added to the fun. One word of caution there--if you hold off to make any silk purchases as the famous Silk Street market you'll save a ton (provided you can negotiate).
Our tour guide Jason spoke perfect English and was really nice and knowledgeable. There was only one other person in my tour so we just traveled around in a 4-door sedan. We got to the Great Wall before most of the other big tour groups/buses so we had the whole place to ourselves for over one hour. We were there for 2 hours total, plenty of time to see every angle of the wall. Please note that you have to pay an additional fee in cash (RMB) depending on whether you take the gondola/cable car or the chair lift to the get to the top for walking the wall. Lunch was a huge feast and really delicious. We also had time to drive through the Olympic Village, visit a pottery factory, and enjoy free tea during a tea ceremony. It was the perfect day trip and ended around 3 pm with enough time to take in more sites on your own if you're not too tired. Highly recommended!
We were picked up from our hotel right on time. We had booked a group tour, but ended up with a private tour just for me and my husband. Our tour guide was very friendly and full of information about the sites we visited and about life in Beijing today. Our driver was excellent and skillfully maneuvered the traffic on the crowded streets and roads. The tour guide suggested that we go to the Great Wall at Mutianyu first, early in the morning and it was good that we did. As we were leaving the crowds were gathering and the lines were long. We were there during "Golden Week" and people were every where. The cable ride at Mutianyu is an experience not to be forgotten.
Be prepared to walk. Excellent tour.
We ended up being the only people on the tour the day we took it and we enjoyed having basically a private car and tour guide all to ourselves. Our tour guide LInda was great and very knowledgeable. We felt like we had the great wall all to ourselves since there were only a few people there when we arrived. The following lunch and massage were great too. Overall we learned a lot and enjoyed the tour.
Please ignore previous rating. The trip was amazing and it was great to go to wild parts of the wall away from the busy areas. Frank our guide was very helpful and knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour. We really enjoyed staying in the farmhouse with great food and atmosphere.
This was a brilliant day. Wonderful guide who shared so much. Amazing time walking along the Great Wall. Great lunch. Unexpected tea ceremony and loved ending with a foot massage. Altogether an excellent day.
The great wall of china is one of the best places i've ever been on earth. The Mutianyu place is quite well conserved, have good facilities and the view on the wall is completely awesome. It wasn't crowded and we had to wait like 5 minutes on the lines to go up (cableway) and down (toboggan - a Must do!!!). The tour guide was very kind and had a pretty good english skill. It was almost a private tour, with a mini van with 5 tourists only. The lunch was OK.
If you're about to buy souvenirs on the way down of the wall, use your best bargain and negotiation skills.
One of the highlights of our trip. Dennis the guide was very good. Be ready for a hike on this one. It took about 30 minutes of stair climibing to get up to the wall. Views were spectacular. This secton of the wall is in great shape. We walked through 5 of the towers. Took the toboggan back to the bottom. Great fun and highly recommended. Watch the vendors, they'll ask 150 and sell for 20. You need to negotiate and be ready to walk away. They'll chase you down to make the sale.
Jason was an articulate and informative guide and our trip to see the Great Wall during the peak of the Chinese National Holiday ran smoothly because he was able to plan to maneuver through the day by beginning early to avoid the expected crowds. Lunch, cloisonné and tea visit also included,
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