We visited Mutianyu which is a section of the Great Wall of China located in Huairou County about 70 km northeast of central Beijing. This section is less crowded and easier to negotiate.
The tour we joined was run by Claire a Chinese woman who proved to very friendly, professional and charming. On the day we visited the weather was a little overcast yet acceptable. The lunch included was enjoyable, as was the company of fellow travellers, Claire ensured we were happy throughout the tour and had all we needed. One drawback was the drop off point that the coach took us to at base on the wall. We then had to walk up a high incline to the base of the cable car, which on reflection the coach could have easily dropped us off at the base and save the extra steep walking. Once off the cable car and on the wall the views were breathtaking and amazing. Good walking boots, plenty of water and a camera certainly recommended.
On the journey back we were told that there would be just three drop off points in Beijing and not individual hotel stops, we spoke with Claire and she contacted the company and arranged an Uber to take us back to the hotel when we arrived back in Beijing. This we considered very good considering the tour did state there would be hotel return, but Claire went the extra mile in arranging a free Uber car ride.