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Lily H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Very good tour. Tour guide William Kuang was very friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about the history of the Great Wall and Beijing/China in general. Was lucky to have a small tour group, so able to interact with William extensively. It felt like a group of friends rather than a group tour. Trips to jade factory and tea tasting were good, though I spent too much unplanned money but made for good gifts. Thank you for making this a great experience!

VAIBHAV M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

I loved the guide. It was amazing fun overall. The place is wonderful 3

Roberto B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

This tour was great! I reserved it for a group of 6 and we had a blast! I would've like more time @ the Wall we only stayed there for 2hrs and less time at the Jade factory we didn't like this. Lunch was phenomenal and the tea experience was superb as well! Victoria our tour guide was super helpful guiding us through the whole trip. Thanks for a great experience!

Vicki M Hong Kong

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

A very fund day. We climbed a section of the Great Wall after catching the chair lift up. Some areas were very steep but well worth the effort. Our guide Victoria was very friendly and helpful

Lucia C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Excellent guide!

Samantha S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Amazing day with Cintia, the guide from Viator at Beijing.
Very organized, punctual, helpful. Lunch was great!
And the Great Wall, a dream! Awesome place to visit to deepen our knowledge about mankind and Chinas history.

Sneha P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Great portion of the tour to visit. Jackie was great! Doing a coordinated tour highly reccommended!

Chris M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

There was snow at the Great Wall and the road was closed to Mutianyu so we had to go to an alternate location. It was an excellent event still and great lunch as well! All positive!

Patti S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

On the way to The Wall, we stopped at a very nice jade factory - good education if you've never been.
The drive to The Wall was very scenic and the tour guide, Maria, was a fountain of knowledge about Chinese history, The Great Wall, the Chinese people and culture. Once at The Wall we all took the chair lift up to save time and our legs to spend more actual time on The Wall. The Mutianya section is a much less busy section of The Wall and the scenery is stunning. The guide gave a lot of information and stories about The Wall so we were able to spend a couple of hours just exploring on our own. I loved the toboggan ride down - super fun. Worth the extra cost.
After seeing The Wall, we went for a typical tourist lunch and we visited a Cloisonné factory. It was absolutely fascinating to see the process that is involved to make a piece of Cloisonné.
There was only 7 of us on the tour so we had lots of opportunity to talk with the other guests and our tour guide.
I would highly recommend this tour and ask for Maria.

Luis P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Great overall tour. Sights were amazing and it's a great part of the wall to see. Jacky was a great and funny tour leader. He told us lots of jokes and historical facts on the way to the site. Things to consider for those booking this tour.
1. You will be taken to 2-3 sites where they'll be trying to sell you things. Things like jade and pottery. It all seemed pretty authentic goods to me but was very expensive.
2. The wall portion is only about 1.5-2 hours of an otherwise 9-hour day. Enough time to see the sights and hike at least some portion of it but just know it's not a HUGE amount of time.
3. Traffic is very bad both ways. Mostly within and around the city proper. Not outside. Just hope you're among the last to be picked up and first to be dropped off :
4. It was great that they didn't harp on tips. I still tipped since it was a great experience.

Enjoy!

leona.tooley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This was the most exciting day of my trip to Beijing : The day started with our tour guide, Jackie, meeting us in our hotel foyer. From here, we made our way to the emerald factory. I wasn't too keen on making this stop when I initially booked the tour, but I must admit that it was quite enjoyable! It was fascinating to see the artists in action as they carve up the emerald into an array of statues and souvenirs. There was quite a bit of time spent on the tour bus, but thankfully, Jackie kept us entertained with stories about the Pandas, Chinese traditions, family life etc. Next stop was the great wall. WOW! What a remarkable part of the world! We caught the cable car up and looking back over my shoulder as we creeped up to the wall took my breathe away. It is truly spectacular !! We spent about an hour and a half on the wall itself. Although, I could have spent the whole day there! This was my only criticism of the trip - perhaps a little more time on the wall would have been nice. When you get to Mutianyu, you will be given the option top choose between two cable cars companies. Be sure to go with the company that has the option to toboggan down the hill. The toboggan is a whole lot of fun and highly recommended. Although, you also have the option of returning by cable car if you wish. The lunch provided for us was great and the visit to the Cloisonné factory was an interesting. On the way back to Beijing, Jackie stopped off at a tea house. I wasn't aware this was part of our tour, but it was a welcome addition. I would have had no interest to visit the tea house prior to the tour, but I am so glad we had the chance to stopover here. Here, we were ushered into a private room and learnt about the different types of Chinese tea and how to prepare them. The tea was great and our English speaking host was very knowledgable and entertaining. All up, this was a fantastic tour and I highly recommended it !!!

Rob S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Excellent.
Small goup of about 12.
Guide was friendly and very informative and organised chairlift tickets at the wall for the group to save us queing.
Lunch was included and was very nice and plentiful.
There was the normal shopping stops but these were interesting and there was no pressure to buy.

Wai Ping W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Great Tour. In my opinion Mutianyu section is prettier than Badaling section although it is harder to climb. The countryside autumn colour is amazing. My tour guide speaks excellent English and is very attentive. Lunch is well served.

James K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Great tour.

Nathan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

Great Tour. Our Tour guide was lovely and informative. Lunch was really good and the cable car up and toboggan ride down were a pleasant surprise. Would definitely recommend this trip!

michael a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

When (at last) arriving at the Wall the site is very beautiful and peaceful, BUT 5 hours transportation each way is TO MUCH!
I would recommend using the subway out to the city limit and from there travel with bus.

Paul M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Awesome Awesome tour. William our guide was fantastic. I was only in Beijing for two days and my only recommendation to people doing this tour is to plan on your calves being sore as this part of the wall has a lot less people but a lot more steps. Because of rain/drizzle safety issue to use then the toboggan was closed when we went the length and then came back where we started to access the cable car. My iPhone said I did the equivalent to 90 floors! Would not have missed this for the world though.

ash

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

excellent, Jacky the tour guide was informative and fun - coach was comfortable and a great lunch supplied
would do this tour again without hesitation, thank you - best day of holiday!

Claudio R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Amazing tour. I arranged this tour on a short notice - less than 24 hours - and everything worked fine. The guide was very knowledgeable and nice. Great lunch. I really recommend.

Benjamin A United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Yes, it was well worth the amount of money I paid for the trip. The tour guide took us walking the whole section of the Mutianyu wall. Spent about 3 to 4 hours hiking and taking pictures of the wall. We also got to ride the toboggan down which was a highlight. They pick me up at my hotel and dropped me off after the tour.

Alex M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Great day out! highly recommended

Joseph M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Jackie was great

Robin W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Great trip to the great wall. Our tour guide, Maria was great too. We took the chair lift up and the tobagon ride down. We only had one day in Beijing and chose the Great Wall tour. We were not disappointed. Maria also recommended a dinner place, Dadong, to have Peking duck. It was yummy.

Jennifer M USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

The tour was great. Our guide gave us good guidelines to follow once we were in the Great Wall which helped a lot maximise our time to see a great part of the Wall. Lunch was very good.

skysukumaran

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

I really enjoyed my tour to the Great Wall. The tour guide was informative and pleasant. The lunch was tasty and plentiful. The only part I didn't care for was being taken to various shopping spots. After the information given about the product or the tea ceremony. ...I felt pressure to buy.

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