single mum of an 13 year old boy, love travelling and exploring, love driving down a road just to see where it will go.....
We met our guide in the foyer of one of the motels; there were only 4 of us on the tour. We then travelled out to the great wall via mini bus (not the most clean or modern mini bus), where the guide (kevin) escorted us to the top of the wall and then we were given a choice of how long we wanted to spend on the wall. We chose 3 hrs, which was absolutley magical....there was hardly anyone around as we were there very early, it was snowing beautiful big snow flakes and the whole vibe was gorgeous!! After wandering around on the wall, we then walked back down to the village and met up with Kevin and the rest of the party. It was then off to lunch at one of the local village cafes...Kevin ordered for us, which was just a mix of asian style foods. After lunch we headed back to beijing to have a relaxing foot massage, which was much deserved after walking the wall. Our driver wasnt able to drop us back to the pick up point so kevin escorted us on the subway back to where we started...all in all it was a great day!! if you want to see the wall without the fan fare of stopping at all the factories etc, then this is a great tour. The only downside was that if you wanted to spend more time on the wall (which we did), you werent able because you were constricted by the rest of the tour group.
the driver was waiting for us as soon as we walked through the gates at the airport, which was great as we hadnt had any confirmation of anyone being there to meet us, so we were a bit nervous about whether we would be met or not. The car was an older style sedan, the driver had to clean out the boot before we could load our bags in... Unfortunately the driver spoke no english, we didnt even get a smile out of him and he made no attempt to assist us put our bags in the car. The main thing though is that we were met promptly and taken straight to our motel, which is what we booked and paid for...
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