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Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing

Beijing, China

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Although it should have been a group thing, because it was only me in the group, it become kind of private type - a promo. The guide warned me about the Badaling place being crowded and asked me if I wasn't interested in another portion of the wall somewhere else - a flexibility that I would gladly appreciate in any other tour, despite the fact that I still opted for Badaling. The "Ming Tombs" thing was diminished to actually visiting only the Chang Ling tomb - the most impressive one. I guess we could go to other tombs, but it wasn't appealing for me, so we went on for The Great Wall. There, after buying the ticket, I was given one hour and a half to wander. As a matter of fact, there are two paths - either to the right side (the steeper one) or to the left (more crowded one). I think 90 minutes was too little for the size of the thing. I wanted to stay more there and I think the guide cut it short to make time for other "extra" destinations which I don't remembered to be in the itinerary. It was about a jade manufactory (with skilled salesmen) in which we had lunch, and a tea house (with pleasant hostess, free tea drinking ritual, and expensive stuff to buy). In the end those additional destinations proved to be worth taking for a change in Badaling wall-climbing time-span, but before that I wasn't feeling that way. Anyway, I think that it was a good trip to take for the first-time in China. As an advice, because the wall climbing is exhausting, be well nourished and well hydrated and avoid taking the trip in the dog-days.



Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

It is declared the most spectacular thing in Iceland, but I'm a little disappointed. It rained a lot, so we managed to see less in that day. Managed to walk a little in the tectonic rift valley, then to see Gullfoss - the waterfall, and then the inactive Gyser. As for the money paid, it's OK. It wasn't much for a disappointment.

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  • the inactive famous Gyser
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • the great mountain lake
  • the great tectonic rift and the great mountain lake seen from afar
  • the great tectonic rift

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