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Our tour guide was the best!
I believe her name was Julie, if I can remember correctly.
It took forever to come out of customs and she was very patient with us.
On the way to Mutianyu, she gave us history on Beijing, the Great Wall and exchanged our USD to RMB saving us from the airport exchange fees.
She allowed us personal time on the wall and even made sure we made it back down the gondola before the ride closed for the evening.
She spoke English very well and was truly a great all around. I highly recommend this tour!
As mentioned in the prior review, the main asset this tour provides is a private driver who will meet you in the airport and drive you to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. He'll help you buy tickets if you have some preference for the cable car or the toboggan, make sure you tell him in advance. I took the cable car both up and down, but taking the toboggan down would have been less tiring since I wouldn't have had to double back all the way to the cable car station after hiking all the way to the grand turret. Make sure to pace yourselves if you want to hit all the major points along the Mutianyu section within 2 hours, as the wall gets very steep and it was quite tiring, and I consider myself to be in pretty good shape.
After directing you to the shuttle bus station at the main entrance to the Great Wall village, the driver will wait for you around where the tickets are purchased.
One thing not mentioned here is that if you have data in China I use T-Mobile which gives me inclusive roaming coverage, download WeChat in advance so that you can use it to communicate with your driver when you're not with him.
All in all, this was well worth the money paid and I'd wholeheartedly recommend it, particularly since having the driver meet you in the airport and take you back right away lets you make the most of a tight schedule.
I would not call this a tour... More like a semi English speaking driver who drove us to the tourist center. He helped us purchase tickets to take a bus and the lifts to the top. He gave us a cell phone to call him when we were ready to be picked up (after taking lift and bus back).
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