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The hike to Jinshanling was a great day out, our guide had snacks on hand, always happy to help out taking photos and telling us info about life in China.
We were fortunate enough to have this section of the wall almost to ourselves in early Jan, passing only a few other groups over the trek maing for great photos.
My only critique is that this is not a full day hike, perhaps it would be with a larger group that lags but we were back in Beijing before 3pm.
All in all highy recommended.
Great trip, really would recommend, Robert was fantastic and knew the answer to every question. He gave some interesting insights about the Wall and also China. Really good tour, would recommend to anyone in Beijing and go on it myself again!
Utterly stunning tour. Ok, so the drive took two hours to get there and three back due to rush-hour traffic, it was worth every second of it. We found this stretch of the wall deserted unlike the stories we heard about other parts of the wall where there are significant crowds and had it practically to ourselves. On top of that, it was a crystal clear day so the photos we've taken are spectacular. Our guide was informative and caring and happy to answer all manner of questions we threw at him. He also took us for lunch at a local restaurant where the food literally didn't stop coming! We spent three weeks all over China, and this was probably the best day of the entire trip.
This tour was amazing! Our guide Mark was great, aso food was delicius. The only thing we did not like was at the end, when van drop us off, he asked for the 10% tip for the driver.It was a bit strange, because tour is not cheap and we already gave tip to Mark earlier after lunch. Anyway great tour!
This trip was exceptional. Simatai was closed, so my tourguide Mark took me to the Gubeikou section of the wall, approximately 200km from Beijing city center. It was a fairly easy 6km hike with breathtaking views and minimal tourists. This portion of the wall hadn't been rebuilt for tourists and it felt so authentic and historic. Mark was an excellent hiker, my personal photographer, and my Chinese professor. He taught me so much about the Great Wall, Beijing, and Chinese history. He also fed me snacks, gave me plenty of water, and took me to the most delicious and seemingly authentic Chinese lunch a few km away from the Great Wall entrance. Mark made me feel at home in a place where I felt quite foreign I'm an American and a first time visitor to Beijing. In Mark, I made a friend, and I will never forget this incredible adventure and our time together spent hiking the Great Wall.
Our guide Tao was awesome - we walked over 10k, and only saw three other hikers on our trek. The group was small, and we had great weather. Definitely recommend.
This was the highlight of my Beijing trip! We had a small group of 3 and Robert was a fantastic guide. The Jinshanling section of the wall was closed during September so we hiked around the Gubeikou section, which was stunning. This section of the wall is on the Beijing/ Mongolia border and away from the crowds. There are also plenty of guard towers to look out and take photos. A great way to spend a day in Beijing. Highly recommended.
Due to landslide closure of Simatai to Jinshanling for several months this tour was relocated at Gu- Bei-Kau. The 2 1/2 hr drive was super comfortable and our guide Cheney gave us a nice briefing on the history of the Great Wall and this section. Cheney did an excellent balance of being informative, but leaving personal time for contemplation. It was Sunday 3-September and the weather was super, pretty clear air, a good breeze, warm but not hot. The Gubeikau section has had no restoration, the core of the wall is intact and made an easy hiking trail. The wall parapets about 6 foot sidewall on top of the great wall remained in only a few short sections. The watch towers are still roofed, but no 2nd story remains. All in all this hike gives a very realistic feel of the effects of time, it is dry, wind-swept, quiet, and on the edge of being isolated. We met perhaps 25 other hikers in the four hours of our hike. Ours was an intimate experience with our guide Cheney and his love of hiking, The Wall, and his country were very clear. He was kind, considerate, and knowledgeable. The lunch in the village was excellent quality, I'de been working in China for 2 weeks, staying at excellent hotels and eating at fine restaurants. The Gubeikau Village eatery was their equal in quality and more authentic, making us feel very welcome and comfortable. I consider myself lucky to have taken this tour and recommend this type of Wall tour to anyone that likes moderate level hiking.
This a great tour and Jason our guide was one of the best we had! We also met a real nice couple from Spain on the tour which made the day fun. They list this tour as moderate but I would say we are pretty fit and this would be a more than moderate on the 1 to 10 level of effort I would rate this on about an 8. Lunch was terrific in the small town and one the better we have had. I would say this is the best way to see the wall in it's natural state.
Experience was so amazing, Mark was our tour guide and he was awesome! First part of the hike was a little challenging, I would say a strong moderate hike but I loved it. Lunch in the village was amazing as well. Fantastic experience, would highly recommend
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