Here is a selection of the most recent reviews of the Great Wall of China Small Group Day Trip from Beijing submitted by actual travelers. Read what travelers liked, what they loved, and what they thought could be improved.
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One of the highlights of our trip. Dennis the guide was very good. Be ready for a hike on this one. It took about 30 minutes of stair climibing to get up to the wall. Views were spectacular. This secton of the wall is in great shape. We walked through 5 of the towers. Took the toboggan back to the bottom. Great fun and highly recommended. Watch the vendors, they'll ask 150 and sell for 20. You need to negotiate and be ready to walk away. They'll chase you down to make the sale.Reviewed by: john t, November 2013
Again, a brilliant tour and tour guide. Everything as per the tour description. Suitable for all abilities and a must do whilst in Beijing.Reviewed by: David, August 2013
Very good experience, very helpfull guide and a great tour!Reviewed by: Tania R, Ecuador, August 2013
I really enjoyed the trip. Our guide was quiet but knowledgable. The Wall was amazing and we went to a section that wasn't crowded. It was an inspiring site and not to be missed!Reviewed by: Kerin J, October 2013
The good things: The Great Wall at Mutianyu is a great place to visit, when going up on cable car take the Wall to your right, it's more difficult but more interesting too. The guide, Keren, was on time and spoke decent English. Lunch was very good and so was the foot massage on the return to Beijing.
I personally took the stairs to go up and down (1,400 stairs). It took me 14 minutes to go up in a good rythm.Since we left Beijing at 7:00 AM we got there early, and for the first 30 minutes were on the Wall alone without hardly anybody around.
Two things disturbed our group (5 people) seriously:
1. The whole purpose of paying a premium to be on a small group was really to get personal guidance. The guide did NOT guide us at all on the Great Wall! She basically said come down in 3 hours. She told some general stories about the Wall on the car, but you don't need to pay a guide for that. If I knew I'd be alone on the Wall, I would have paid less to go with a bigger group! We saw some other groups with guides on the Wall, but we didn't receive any explanation at all while on the Wall.
2. Arriving to the foot massage in Beijing, she said the driver had a problem finding parking and if some people wanted to go to the hotel directly, the people at the massage should return by themselves either by the subway or by a cab. We thought it was pretty outrageous. We were also asked to tip the driver for waiting for all of us after the foot massage.