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Absolutely heart stopping tour. And I mean that in two ways. Views that are to kill for..and climbs not for the faint hearted. Absolutely recommend this one for the fit and healthy.
This tour was an extraordinary opportunity to visit a distant but lightly-traveled part of the Great Wall. Our guide spoke only Chinese, but her love of this part of China was readily apparent. Other people we encountered on the trail were able to fill in the translation. The hike was very strenuous and challenging, quickly climbing and descending 1430 feet, sometimes on mere stone rubble. Only fit persons with significant hiking experience should attempt it.
Very off-the-beaten-track Great Wall experience. I recommend it for anyone who is a bit adventurous!
One of the best tours we have done anywhere in the world!
Overall the hike was fantastic, as it is away from the typical tourist routes and had an amazing views of the surroundings.
On the way to the wall, the tour guide stopped at a 'Jade Factory' which was not mentioned in the tour description or material on the web site. Also we were disappointed to find that the 'home-cooked' meal with the 'locals' mentioned was a hotel style lunch at the Jade factory ! Our group of 6 were quite annoyed at this and made a 'group decision' to not stop at the 'Olympic Stadium' which as supposedly part of the itinerary that was not on the tour materials on the website.
Having said all this, for those who enjoy hiking, this one is recommended !
The hike of the wall was difficult and remote but worth it. The description had false information and we did not eat at a local family home. It was at the Jade Factory with several other tour groups who were rushed in as herds. The Jade Factory is forced upon you and not mentioned in any of the description for the tour. All of the tour group felt mislead as we specifically picked this Great Wall Tour to avoid the tourist traps. The hike of the wall was the only thing that made it worth the money. However, if you are not in shape, you will struggle!!! It was very steep and rocky climbing.
Basically this tour was just paying for transportation to and from the hotel. You were taken to the Jade Factory an attempt was made to buy goods and then provided a very American Style Chinese lunch. Afterwards you were driven to the Shixiaguan area of the Great Wall where your driver handed you off to a guide who does not speak a word of English which made the 3 hour trek very difficult. This hike was very long and difficult, you must definitely be in good shape. It was very fun but because the wall is in such bad shape it was almost like walking through a jungle and no one prepared or told us that long pants and long sleeves would have been required. We were itchy for days following this trip!
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