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  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Great guide and great driver. Just the 2 of us on private tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

This tour was an awesome experience. We started the tour at the Ming Tombs since our guide knew the time table for a historical daily performance re-inacting honors to the MIng emperors and wanted us to experience this. Then on to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. We'd been to the Great Wall a couple of years ago, but at a location that was very crowded with large group tours. Mutianyu was excellent. While we knew this was listed as a private tour by Viator, we were still amazed that we had a private driver and a very knowledgeable private guide for the entire day and took some back roads during the trip which gave us insight into local villages. We paid extra for the cable car to the top of the Great Wall and avoided what otherwise would have been a grueling climb up. Our guide accompanied us even while we walked on the wall. We had a lunch stop at a local restaurant and avoided the tour groups.
This was an excellent experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

This tour was an awesome experience. We started the tour at the Ming Tombs since our guide knew the time table for a historical daily performance re-inacting honors to the MIng emperors and wanted us to experience this. Then on to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. We'd been to the Great Wall a couple of years ago, but at a location that was very crowded with large group tours. Mutianyu was excellent. While we knew this was listed as a private tour by Viator, we were still amazed that we had a private driver and a very knowledgeable private guide for the entire day and took some back roads during the trip which gave us insight into local villages. We paid extra for the cable car to the top of the Great Wall and avoided what otherwise would have been a grueling climb up. Our guide accompanied us even while we walked on the wall. We had a lunch stop at a local restaurant and avoided the tour groups.
This was an excellent experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Great tour! I was taken to only one tomb and only its main hall. I think visiting two or three of the open tombs would be great to give one a good sense of the site. The Great Wall was exceptional, and I am giving the tour a 5 largely because of the Great Wall visit. The drive and scenery of Beijing outskirts were excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Tour guide Cynthia was tops. She was knowledgeable, and fun to be with. Picked us up at the stated time, and from there had a great time. Great Wall is magnificent - and her historical knowledge enhanced the experience. Tombs were spectacular, as was the Jade Factory. Great lecture about Jade. The craftsmen and women working there were fascinating. The tea tasting was a treat --- an all around great day. Cynthia made the Beijing visit worth every penny.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

I had an Absolutely amazing experience! William was a fantastic tour guide walking with me up there rather than getting the cable car and also conquering his fear of tobogganing to go with me :-

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

This was a highlight of the trip. I still can't believe the personal attention we got and how reasonable the price was. We had one guide for the two of us and a driver and sedan all day. The guide was very informative and with us all the time, except for lunch which was a very good Chinese lunch in a small local restaurant. We paid extra well worth it for a cable car ride to the top of the Mutianyu Great Wall, which is much less crowded than many other touristy portions of the Great Wall near Beijing. Then, we made the climb to the top and spent about and hour hiking on the wall and taking remarkable photos with our guide with us the whole way.
The Ming Tomb was remarkable and the tour was timed to be there for a daily ceremony.
There were two stops at a Jade Factory and another factory, but no pressure to buy.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

I highly recommend this tour. The guide and the driver were really nice, fluent English and really kind to help us with any requests. The day started with a visit to a typical bronze ceramic factory where you can learn and also buy stuff. The Great Wall was amazing and the scenery at Mutianyu is really nice. Lunch was provided and included typical Chinese dishes in a jade factory. The day ended visiting a tea store where you can have a tea ceremony and buy some souvenirs. Thanks Michael for your help.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Awesome trip...definitely worth the value! And to top it all off, our tour guide, Cherry and her driver were first rate!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Brilliant tour, our guide Jason was very informative and spoke very good English. The section of wall at Mutianyu is truly amazing as is the chair lift to get up there.
Very interesting visit to the Ming Tomb complex and an excellent Chinese lunch in a good quality restaurant. The air conditioned car was very comfortable and the driver was good. Thank you.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Went solo on this tour as I had just enough time at the end of my business trip.

Perfect Service and Great Tour! Would recommend this tour for anyone that wants a one day tour to see both the Great Wall in the hills of Mutianya and the Ming Tomb (Zhu Di). Jason was a perfect guide, excellent English, very Knowledgeable on the history of these sites and a great conversationalist. The toboggan ride is was a great way to go back down from the Wall site!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

This was a wonderful day - the private tour was worth the extra cost. Our tour guide was excellent, full of information, spoke excellent English, and got us started early so we could avoid the crowds. The toboggan ride down from the wall was an unexpected bonus! We had about 1 hour and 40 minutes on the wall then went on to tour the Ming Tombs. The included lunch was OK, nothing great, and was at the jade factory. Overall a great day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

We were picked up from our hotel right on time. We had booked a group tour, but ended up with a private tour just for me and my husband. Our tour guide was very friendly and full of information about the sites we visited and about life in Beijing today. Our driver was excellent and skillfully maneuvered the traffic on the crowded streets and roads. The tour guide suggested that we go to the Great Wall at Mutianyu first, early in the morning and it was good that we did. As we were leaving the crowds were gathering and the lines were long. We were there during "Golden Week" and people were every where. The cable ride at Mutianyu is an experience not to be forgotten.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

Great spot to see the Great Wall

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Good guide give us a lot of imformations about China. Cable car up and slide down from the wall - fantastic. Very scenic part of the wall. Very good lunch.

JENNIFER K
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2013

This wall is really something to see. Make sure you go to Mutianyu as it is not so touristy or crowded as other parts. We went up by chairlift and down by toboggan. Hardly any other people where we were. Our guide Jackie Li was fantastic. Do the private tour it is definitely worth it.

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2015

We had a fabulous Guide, Michael. We thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was very informative and we really enjoyed the whole experience. the food at the Jade factory was ok.

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2015

This was a great tour. The Wall was amazing. Because we went early in the morning there were very few people. It was refreshing to be away from the crowds. The slide down the wall was my son's favorite part of our entire trip. Don't miss it! The Ming Tombs were a bit disappointing. There wasn't much to see at the place we went to. We did not go to the Sacred Way. I would not recommend this to others. We also really enjoyed the tea ceremony at the end of the trip. We learned about the different kinds of teas and brought some wonderful packages back for souvenirs. Our guide was Michael. He was very informative and flexible with us throughout the day.

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2014

The only way to go is a private tour even though the guides still walk too fast

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2014

The guide was on time to pick us up from the hotel and ensured that we were on the wall early. There was hardly anyone else there and it was a lovely tour to a quieter part of the wall. The guide and driver were helpful and provided a good tour. It was a shame that we were pressured in to going to the Jade Factory and Tea shop. The tea shop was quite pressurised and staff could be 'offish' if you were didn't want to purchase anything. Apart from that a very good tour!

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2013

The tour was exceptional. We truly enjoyed the Great Wall and got to hike a really nice section of the wall. I had done a previous tour at Badaling - and this section is much more open, easier to climb and offers superior views. I took this tour during the National Day holiday and the traffic was horrible. We went through the countryside to avoid traffic and I would NOT recommend that. Other than that, it was a good experience and well worth the money spent.

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2014

I had Michael as a tour guide. He was very nice and speaks fluent English. Be advised that Michael will bring you in front of the wall but doesn't go with you up there unless you pay the entrance fee for him. I spent two hours in the wall then we headed to the Ming tombs. We only saw one tomb, the biggest one. That's the only one included in the tour. I was told that the Sacred Way is not included which I regret it.

3 star rating: Worth doing
November 2013

I found it a bit uncomfortable at first because it was me and my daughter and our guide was a male and I didn't realise we were only going with him and his driver. He was very nice informative once we started chatting. A bit scary at times with the driving. But apart from that it was the was ok.

Cheryl
Australia

3 star rating: Worth doing
August 2012

A good day; seemed a little dear but saw nothing (trustworthy!) cheaper anywhere, not even from the hotel tour desk. Great to see the Wall. You wouldn't have time to walk up and back so the cable car is a necessary extra - 80yuan return trip and you choose cable or luge back down. We did the luge back down - and you can control the speed downhill yourself so it is fun, give it a go! Jason was our guide, very nice man and did a good job. Car and driver good. Lunch was fine with lots of dishes; the jade factory was interesting. Only disappointment is the fact that you can't actually go inside the excavated tombs, its just the above ground building with some of the relics inside. So the "underground Palace" isn't open to the public at all. A good day out, recommended.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
August 2015

The tour guide was very pleasant, her English was excellent, and it was nice having a private car for the day. Beyond that the experience was very disappointing. When we arrived at the Great Wall the guide directed me to the ticket book for the cable car and said she would meet me when I was finished. I had expected her to accompany me and provide information about the history and military use of the wall, etc. Instead I was on my own. The Ming Tombs had a large informational display, with the guide providing little additional information. I also found it a bit irritating to have three stores built into the schedule with expectations that I would buy some jade, cloisonne or tea. Basically I would have had the same experience if I had just reserved a driver for the day.

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