Tour was okay but the guide made it worst. Ming tomb was not really worth it as we walk like 10mins up the slope and down the 6 or 7 floor of steps but was there only for 2mins.. The guide did not even explain anything inside and we were like rushing to follow him out of it. Great wall was nice because of the view and of cos without the guide. Worst of all, on our way back, guide got off the bus before us and leave the driver to send us back whom drop us 500m away from the original pick up location. The worst tour i joined from Viator.
A very enjoyable day trip out to Mutianyu and Ming Tombs. Obviously time is limited in both locations probably enough at Mutianyu, especially as it was baking hot, but we did miss the animal sculptures at Ming Tombs and it felt a little rushed. We were lucky to go as a small group 5 plus guide, so it felt like a relaxed trip, with a good driver. The mini bus was comfortable, and a/c helped in the hot weather. A few things I would change to improve the tour a little... spend a little more time at Ming tombs, and maybe not worry so much about including the 'extras' i.e. visit to jade factory and a tea ceremony, both interesting, but took away valuable time for the main events. Mutianyu is spectacular, and less busy than some sections of the Great Wall you can also get picture postcard images! Be prepared for some strenuous walking.
Thanks for an interesting trip! Our group was friendly, and the guide Mr.Li was very helpful. Representative of company and guide connected me before trip to be sure I am here and to tell me the time of a bus pick up. We had enough time to make pics and rest. And lunch was tasty! I recommend!
This tour went exactly according to the description. The guide, Jackson spoke English well and provided a lot of interesting information. He was also able to answer all our additional questions. The obligatory 'shopping stops' were interesting and added value tot he experience, especially the tea ceremony, and salespeople were not aggressive. This tour was very good value for money. The only negative was that our ride was 25 minutes late to pick us up in the morning, and it was quite cold to wait outside for that long.
I had a great experience and based on what other people say about similar tours, everything is about expectations. We were taken to two sales pitches jade factory and tea house, but that is completely understandable as the tour price is so cheap that they have to bring people to this places. No push to buy anything even when I did and the experience was great. Paul our tour guy was super friendly and knew all the facts. We spend almost two hours at the wall and it was more than enough. If you feel like walking the wall from one end to the other, then certainly you need a different tour. The five of us in this tour had more than enough time so everybody was happy.
This was a great way to see the wall and I highly recommend taking the ski lift up and the toboggan down - this was the highlight of our trip to China and I don't feel this was recommended enough by our tour guide. Most people took the cable car up and down, and were all very jealous when we told them about the toboggan! It's worth mentioning the long drive to this part of the wall from the centre of China, but it was definitely worth it as this part was less crowded.