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Amazing tour and our guide, Jackie, was fantastic. Highly recommended!
Good experience, enjoyed the wall but it's very steep at certain spots. Tour guide a local and explained sights well. Usual stops at souvenir places and western style Chinese food.
Lady in Pink United States of ...
The overall tour of the Great Wall was simply amazing and a memorable experience. The Ming Tombs have a lot of history, but unfortunately our guide, Jackie Li, rushed us thru so fast that we did not get the opportunity to take in what it represented. With that said our guide, Jackie who stated he had over 20 years of experience was one of the worst guides we have ever encountered in our worldly travels. Of the 7 tourists in the minivan no one could understand his English. He spoke so fast and if anyone asked a question, he never acknowledged the question unless the person asking persisted. It seemed that Jackie had all the time in the world for our stops to the Jade factory and tea shop where we assume he gets a commission. He came across arrogant and condescending. At one point one couple elected to take the cable car and rest decided to hike to the Great Wall. The couple who took the cable car stood in line for over an hour to get back down the mountain which was overwhelmed by other visitors that it caused them to be late in returning to the van which the other 5 travelers completely understood, but Jackie expressed his frustration more than once, stated he only like personal tours and then slammed the van door. Upon the rest of the trip the couple iterated that Jackie wouldn't even speak to them upon their return. Such petulance in a guide is unacceptable. Viator needs to have a long conversation with the tour company that employs him and insist that improve his language skills and attitude toward tourists, or ensure he is not used as a guide in the future. We were spoiled by William on the first tour and very disappointed with Jackie on the second tour.
This was an amazing tour! Our tour guide Alice was extremely knowledgeable, approachable and friendly. The Ming tombs was an interesting first stop before our visit to a jade factory where was also had lunch. The Great Wall was the highlight of the tour. Thanks Alice!!!
Excellent tour. Ming Tombs was extremely informative. The Great Wall at Badaling was busy but appreciated the opportunity to have idepndent time on the wall.
It was a dream come true to walk on the Great Wall of China. Alice was our guide and made the trip an even more memorable experience because of her knowledge and her willingness to share it. Her experience enabled us to miss huge crowds and enable us to get the most of our trip. They were a few minutes late picking me up because of two rude guests who had no consideration for the guide and driver or the other guests. This of course happens with rude people, but Alice did keep me informed. During the tour the same two continued their rudeness holding up the tour by wondering off on their own little expeditions.
I would still highly recommend this tour. Not only was the Great Wall everything I had imagined but the Ming tomb was far more interesting than I had thought. Alice had given us a history lesson on the different dynasties of China and that made the experience even more meaningful.
Even though I was not interested in the Jade exhibition, others seemed to be, and the lunch was outstanding.
The day was a great experience. I learned so much and saw so much. Again, Alice was great and the driver was also very good. It is easy to overlook self-absorbed people who have no concern for others when the overall experience was so wonderful.
This tour is definitely worthwhile. We did the Ming Tombs first and the Wall second. Perhaps doing the Wall first may have thinned the crowds out a little. There were so many people at the Wall, but that didn't really deter from seeing the amazing spectacle. Also the lunch included in this tour was magnificent. Our guide Cynthia was very, very knowledgeable and pleasant. She was also photo happy, which was great. We would recommend her and this tour in a heartbeat.
So, got picked up at 7am which seems super early but our guide Alice had a strategy behind this which paid off. The earlier you get to the wall, the less people there and the better time you have as you get to enjoy it in all it's glory in relative solitude.
As tour guides go - Alice was extremely knowledgeable and was absolutely the best tour guide I've had so far in all the places I have visited.
We got a lot of background information about all the places we were visiting and while the Ming Tombs were great, the Great Wall was absolutely my favourite part of the tour which is entirely a personal preference.
My time in Beijing was not great but what saved the trip was my tour with Alice - so a giant thank you to Alice!
George B United States of ...
I really enjoyed this tour, the driver and the guide were really quite good. The great wall is about 90 minutes from downtown Beijing but we still had plenty of time to visit both the Tombs and the Great Wall
Alice was our tour guide and was very clear about our itinerary for the day. She is very knowledgeable and captivating when explaining Chinese History and the contribution each Emperor and Dynasty brought to China's rich history. Alice gave an in-depth introduction during our long drive up to the sites. 1 We visited the Ming tombs of the Emperor 2 enjoyed a delicious traditional Chinese lunch after learning about Jade carving 3 we visited the Great Wall for a couple hours 4 then enjoyed learning about teas at the Chinese Tea House. This tour was an amazing experience. I would highly recommend this tour to friends and family visiting the Beijing area. Alice did a phenomenal job!
Tips: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for the Great Wall climb, and walking.
Gheorghe D United States of ...
Great tour guide, lots of info along the way. The Great Wall is simply impressive.
Our tour was absolutely amazing! The complimentary pickup and dropoff at our hotel made the whole experience so stress free. Our tour guide Jenny was fantastic! Very kind, energetic, knowledgeable and an all around top notch guide. Very recommended!
This tour was awesome! Lots of history and information to take in. You will need to be somewhat fit because the wall is steep and the steps are uneven.
amishak136 South Africa
Wonderful tour. Very cold. Didn't manage to go quite far but nonetheless experienced the Great Wall. Jackie our tour guide was just amazing, so full of stories. Excellent, amazing experience.
The only thing about China that I didn't like was the toilets on tour. Not much or no European toilets!!!!!
He even recommended an evening show which was not part of this tour which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Greatly recommended. Great tour with an amazing tour guide
It was one amazing day tour led by Mr. William, our enthusiastic tour guide of the day. Other than the passion and love he has on the perfect job he did, William also speaks very good English which allowed us to understand all the descriptions he had made on the attractions we have gone through. Furthermore, William had taken us to append places without charging us additionally including the jade factory, the tea house, and the kungfu show, which allowed us to experience more than what we paid for.
Once again thanks to William for such an amazing experience. We will definitely come back for more of your kind service.
This is a fairly touristy section of the wall. The views are breathtaking up top. It and #39;s not a simple hike, and they don and #39;t give you a ton of time, so make sure you wear comfy shoes, bring water, and hustle on up so you make it to the top in time!
Amazing day. We had a fabulous weather in contrast to the previous day on my arrival in Beijing when it was smoggy and you could only manage to see 50 metres ahead. The Great Wall and its surrounds spread in front of you in its majesty and I wished we could have stayed a bit longer, and luckily the tour guide had a great eye for taking photos. Lunch was standard pre-cooked Chinese meal.
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