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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 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!
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.
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,
Beautiful day, nice tour enjoyed the lunch and factory tour. Definitely take the toboggan/luge ride down. It was great fun.
We had a fantastic time on this tour! We were picked up from our hotel punctually and arrived at the Great Wall very early; it was not busy there at all! I understand that this is a slower time of year to visit the Great Wall, but I did not expect so few people to be there. This is a beautiful section of the wall to visit, just breathtaking views. We were given almost 2 hours to walk around, which was plenty of time. From where you are dropped off, you have the option to walk up to the wall or take a cable car. Definitely take the cable car, it would take way too long to walk. On the way down, you can take the cable car or the mountain luge. We took the luge, which was really fun! After visiting the wall, we were taken to a pottery factory (as expected) with lunch. We were then taken to a tea shop, which was not indicated in the itinerary. But it was nice to enjoy a cup of tea. I'd definitely recommend this tour!
Thank You so much! I'm so glad I went also to Mutianyu, because the scenery was totally astonishing! Weather was also very nice, and I really enjoyed the guide, just so excellent, and also so friendly and so much enthusiasm, I had so much fun!
We have done the tour at the end of May'13 with a guide called Cynthia.
We knew it would be a shared trip but in the end there were two other travellers only.
The Great Wall was amazing and we were given a lot of interesting facts not only about the wall but also about amazing Chinese history. Cynthia tried to teach us also some Chinese letters.
Apart from the Great Wall we were taken to three shops/factories which included jade factory and a tea ceremony place. At first I thought it would be a waste of time but in the end it was actually quite interesting and the people were not pushy to get us to buy things (we did it voluntarily).
In the end a great tour with a great guide.