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Come visit one of the new seven wonders of the world on this full-day sunset tour to the Great Wall at Gubeikou and Jinshanling, including round-trip transport from Beijing and lunch. Journey to the Great Wall at Gubeikou, and then watch the sunset from the wall at Jinshanling before returning to your hotel.
Sunset tour to the Great Wall at Gubeikou and Jinshanling
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Hike along a less-visited stretch of the Great Wall
Wow! This was an excellent travel day! Well worth the time to drive out to Beijing to get to a quieter section of the wall. The guide provided great information on Chinese culture and history. We got incredible photos and had a truly remarkable experience with the Great Wall all to ourselves.
Tony was our guide and we found him to be excellent. Good command of the English language and knowledgeable on all sorts of subjects. Would thoroughly recommend this tour for the splendour that is not spoiled with battling the masses - if we saw 20 people on the Wall that day it was a lot!
Sunset disappointing owing to the cloud cover but Viator can hardly be blamed for that!
This was an amazing day and our guide Leo took so much special care to make it an unforgettable visit to the Great Wall. My son and I shared a mutual interest in photogrpahy with Leo and he took some great pictures which he sent through to us after the tour. We can not thank Leo enough for making this such a memorable day
Wow this tour was honestly the best tour my husband and I have ever taken! Our guide Tony was simply superb! His English was excellent and he was very easy to talk to. He was personable and friendly but not overpowering or overbearing. Very knowledgeable about history.
We first drove two hours to get to the Great Wall at Jinshanling but it was not too bad and Tony talked some of the way to pass the time.
Once at the great wall entrance we hiked quite a ways up many stairs to get to the wall itself. My husband and I are not extremely out of shape but we did have to take a rest every so often as we are not use to climbing up so many stairs.
Thankfully the weather was cloudy and some rain so we were not super hot even though the day before had been 100 degrees!
Finally at the wall we were amazed by it's beauty and grandeur. It really is something and pictures don't do it justice. Literally every time you walk a little farther the view gets better.
Also there were only a few people we saw so you mostly have the entire wall to your self which is way better than crowded, more popular areas.
We did the full four hour hike up and down the stairs of the great wall to the east five window tower. Tony said we could stop at any time if we wanted but we chose to go all the way. It is a difficult climb and certain parts were extremly steep so wear comfortable walking shoes or sandals that have some grip so you don't slip.
Then once at the end we had to climb down the mountain to get to the car.
Then Tony took us to a center nearby and we got a thirty minute massage on these amazing massage chairs.
We then drove to dinner and it was the most delicious meal we had here in China! Prepare for a very late lunch/dinner so eat a big brunch before leaving on tour.
After dinner we headed to the second portion of the wall that was not restored and more wild. Another hike up to the top. Most of the wall is pretty worn down but there was a path to walk even though it was a bit dangerous.
After enjoying this area for a while we headed down and drove back to our hotel.
Would definitely recommend this tour with Tony! It is the most amazing adventure!
It was a tour of a lifetime. Our guy Joe was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the wall in general as well as the history of China and give us great insight so that we could understand what we were seeing. The guide and driver were very punctual at the Hotel and the overall drive to the great wall was pleasant but long. Lunch was very good. We initially did the wall at Gubeikou then was brought to another less travelled part of the wall in the evening to watch the sunset. It was fabulous. The lighting as the sun set was spectacular. It would have been perfect if there was no haze that day but the views were breathtaking anyways. The pace was relaxed as it was dependent on how fast we wanted to go. We sat at the top of the watch tower gazing at the wonder of the wall and human achievement.
It was worth every penny. JOE was great. Our driver was also very good around Beijing traffic. They were also good enough to drop off a pair of glasses that was left in the car two days later saving the day...!!!
Would definitely recommend the tour to anyone and if possible ask for JOE as your tour guide.
This tour was one of the best tours I've been on. Our party of 5 was picked up promptly at the meet up time and provided with cold waters. The driver and Leo our tour guide were very polite and helped us into the van which has AC!. Leo is very fluent in english even though he hasn't been to any western nations. Leo then provided a small history lecture on the history of the Great Wall and Beijing. That plus the scenery made the 1.5 hour drive pass by in a flash. There was also a bathroom break in the middle of the drive. We then came to a small village and hiked/ walked up some stairs to our first fortress. Gubeikou is a non restored section of the wall and let me tell you, the feeling of history and wonder is abundant. Some places were a little steep and high for some of our members, but Leo provided alternate safer routes. After a few hours of viewing we had went back down. We drove for a bit more and stopped by a clean little restaurant where Leo recommended some good food and beers for lunch. It was delicious and refreshing.
After another half an hour we arrived at Jingshanling around the time of sunset. We quickly made our way up the stairs taking a couple dangerous shortcuts optional. The restored Jingshanling has a different kind of majestic aura than Gubeikou. We arrived at one of the higher forts and sat down to look at the sunset. Leo then took out a Great Wall wine with glasses for all of us to sip and a wine has never tasted so sweet. Afterwards we made our way back down, fell asleep on our drive back, and came back safe and sound.
I love how there was almost nobody in the sections of walls we were at. We saw a total of 20-30 people throughout the whole day which could have been thousands at Badaling or Mutianyu. I'm so glad we got to experience this tour thanks to Leo and his team. Sorry for the late review Leo and I hope you come visit us in California one day!
The tour was fantastic. I would rate it 6 our of 5. The guide arrived on time. The car was very comfortable. On the way to Simatai our first access to the Wall Joe told us lots of interesting facts regarding Beijing and general life in China. His English was perfect. Simatai was an old village which was transformed into a stylish 5 stars resort. The Wall is renovated in that place. You can get there by cable car or have a very pleasant 30 min walk. The walk was wonderful. We enjoyed it very much the view is breathtaking. We spend there around 2 hours. On the way to Gubeikou we had delicious late lunch in authentic restaurant. Gubeikau was a real treat. The place is remote and beautiful. The Wall was not renovated there. We had a fantastic experience. A Great Walk on Great Wall. Simply unforgettable Joe was the great guide. He meet all our requests. He dropped us in the restaurant to try Peking duck on the way back and it was wonderful. He organized transfer to airport for us and Beijing excursions with private guide which was also excellent. Without Joe our experience in China could be much poor. Thank you. I would highly recommend the tour and Joe.
The scenery and our tour guide, Tony, were both excellent. We were picked up as arranged from our hotel, and dropped back there. Tony was very entertaining and spoke excellent English. We visited two sections, one restored and the other in its original state. The latter was next to a small village and was our preferred bit of the wall. The views were stunning and it had begun to cool down a bit. A trip to the Great Wall had always been on my bucket list, and it was well worth it.