I would not recommend the tour. I would just go to the sites on my own. The sites were absolutely amazing, especially the Great Wall. It was absolutely breathtaking.
Problems: My tour was scheduled on Wednesday. I called 24 hours in advance as recommended to confirm my pick up time. I called all day and never got through. I kept getting a message that the line was busy. Wednesday came and I went to the lobby at 7:20 as the voucher said I would not be picked up until 7:30 but to be ready 10 minutes early. No one came to pick me up. I had the front desk call and they finally got through, I was told that the driver was there at 7am but left because I wasn't ready. I went back to my room and checked my e-mail. Instead of CALLING MY PHONE to let me know the driver was there, they had emailed me! Needless to say I had to reschedule the tour for the following day and I thought, "wow, what crappy customer service".
I was picked up on Thursday at 7am. I was the only one on the tour and was happy because I paid for the group tour but now was getting a private tour. The tour guide's name was Jackie Lee. His English was tough to understand. Then he started telling me about the Ming Tombs and kept talking about concubines and "happy massage". He said "happy massage" so many times I felt very uncomfortable. Then I was asking about panda bears and again he started talking about "happy massage". This was completely inappropriate.
After he rushed me through the Ming Tombs, he took me to the Great Wall and basically sent me on my own. I walked the wall without the guide. Afterwards, he took me to lunch at the Jade Market where he REPEATEDLY pressured me to buy something. I bought a ring, which I'm pretty sure was fake. The stone fell out within five hours of purchase. I later learned that he earns a percentage of whatever he can get tourists to buy. The tour was supposed to last from 7:30am-7pm. He ended my tour by 3pm. Don't do a tour, go on your own and save the headache
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