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Well, I was contacted by James the first time, and he's very communicative.
Unfortunately due to some urgent thing, James cant guide us and Michael, his friends will be the one who will guide us.
So, we arrived at Beijing Airport at ten to five am... and then we wait in the KFC outside the arrival gate. After around 15-20 minutes waiting, we finally meet Michael. He's very nice, welcome friendly and.... he really knows about the area and TEA. Michael showed us around, even tried to teach us Chinese, tell us some history bout the place we passed by very good knowledge and really really patient waiting for us walking around Mutianyu we were hanging around in the Great Wall for more than 1.5 hours. Then he even help us on getting into our hotels which was placed in somewhere with a very narrow street. hahahahahahaha....
Actually we were planned to meet Michael again in the next day for afternoon tea but due to some missed plan from our side, the plan was cancelled. Too bad! :
But overall, everything is really really nice. I'm sure will book again when I revisit Beijing.
Thank you James and Michael.
Had a great time exploring the Great Wall of China!! The restaurant we went to was amazing, food superior!!! Also got to go to a tea tasting, it was yummy especially the fruit tea! Our guide was very punctual, knowledgeable and enjoyable to spend the day with. Definitely would recommend this tour
Our trip to Mutianyu was great. Through no fault of our tour arrangements, we were delayed because of our flight by about an hour and by the 72-hour visa-free transit officials by nearly three hours. Unfortunately, our pick-up ended up leaving after waiting THREE hours, supposing we'd changed our minds. We came out almost an hour after he left and realized he was gone, but we had some contact information. So we talked to the information desk at the airport and gave them the contact number we had, and the tour company sent over someone else immediately. We really appreciated the excellent service and would highly recommend them again!
Was picked up at the airport right upon arrival, even though my flight was delayed. It was helpful that I had a phone to reach James so that I could let him know that the flight was delayed. Immediately found my driver upon exiting the terminal, he took me to an ATM in the airport and helped me load all of my bags into the car. I chose the option for driver only and then paid for the tour on my own, which was 180 Yuan and included the shuttle bus, cable car and toboggan ride. I only had an hour and a half at the Wall because of my flight delays but it was definitely worth it, as it was an easy, comfortable ride both ways and gorgeous scenery. Would highly recommend the tour to anyone on a 8-9hour layover in Beijing!
We were greeted at the airport and after a 1,5 hour drive we stopped at Mutianyu. The driver helped us with the purchase of our tickets for the shuttle, the entrance and the cable car and we decided on a time to return to the car. We had a great walk at the Wall it was beautiful day with blue skies and sunshine and after about 2,5 hours we returned. On the way back to the hotel, the driver askes us if we wanted to stop at a beautiful ice lake we also saw on the way to the Great Wall and we enjoyed the scenery there for a while. The driver then brought us to our hotel. Wonderful trip, great value for money.
Originally I had a 9 hour layover, but my flight was delayed by an hour. When I arrived, I was afraid I wasn't going to have enough time to make it to the Great Wall since I had lost an hour and still needed to go through customs. However, when I left the airport, Gray was still waiting outside holding a sign with my name and then we met up with Joy who was the driver. Gray spoke pretty good English and Joy spoke basic English. I think it took us maybe an hour, to an hour and a half before we arrived at the Great Wall but it was a pretty smooth drive up. Gray was very pleasant to talk to and had such a great personality. Once we got there, Joy helped me purchase the tickets before Gray and I ventured up to the Great Wall ourselves. Gray gave me some background on The Great Wall and was with me most of the way. He was very kind in making sure I had pictures with the Great Wall to remember the trip. Towards the end, Gray gave me an opportunity to venture the great corner tower solo and when I lost track of time, he journeyed all the way up to come find me to make sure I would make it back in time to the airport for my flight. It's definitely not the easiest flight up those stairs but it was super awesome that Gray was on point and thoughtful of getting me home! We then headed back down The Great Wall using the tobaggan and Gray made sure to ride first so that he could capture pictures of me riding down. Once we were at the bottom, Joy was already waiting for us with the car ready to go! These two gentlemen got me to the airport safe and sound with an hour to spare before my flight took off. Overall, it was a great experience and I would certainly recommend these guys!
We booked this tour as it seemed to be a good value for money compared to other layover tours available. We were not disappointed. Our driver was waiting when we came out of customs. The operator, James, had informed him of our special needs before we arrived. Although the driver spoke only a little English, he used translation software and the help of James by phone to make sure we were able to understand one another. The wall itself was phenomenal. It's so much better in person!
Nachdem wir 20 Stunden Aufenthalt zwischen zwei Flügen in Peking hatten, wollten wir die Zeit nützen um eines der beachtlichsten Bauwerke der Welt anzusehen: Die chinesische Mauer. Durch Zufall sind wir bei Viator auf diese Tour gestoßen. Buchung, Kommunikation und Organisation im Vorfeld waren dank James guter Englisch-Kenntnisse absolut problemlos. Die wahre Stärke von James zeigte sich aber erst während des Tags. Nach Abholung durch unseren Fahrer Liu am Flughafen gibt es direkt zur Mauer. Ein überwältigendes Erlebnis! Auf dem Rückweg rief uns James an um zu fragen ob alles zu unserer Zufriedenheit läuft und schlug uns auf dem Rückweg vor noch weitere Sehenswürdigkeiten für einen kleinen Aufpreis anzusehen weil wir gut in der Zeit lagen. Es endete damit, daß wir noch den Platz des himmlischen Friedens, Himmelstempel sowie die eine der ältesten Einkaufsstrassen Wangfujing besuchten. Immer an unserer Seite unser Fahrer Liu um sicherzustellen, daß alles glatt läuft und wir nicht die Touristen-Preise bezahlen. Das krönende Ende des Tages war dann, daß James noch zu uns stieß um gemeinsam noch ein paar Drinks an den Back Lakes Hou Hai zu uns zu nehmen uns einen tollen Tag entspannt ausklingen zu lassen. Aus unserer Sicht nicht nur empfehlenswert sondern ein muß, wer Zeit in Peking hat. James und Liu haben uns in Ihrer netten, freundlichen und unaufdringlichen Art Ihr Stadt in so einem tollen Licht gezeigt, daß wir definitiv wiederkommen werden.