The Jinshanling portion of the Great Wall was amazing - there are very few people and the views are awesome. Lots of steps though, so you'll need to be in decent shape.
Unfortunately, the tour itself was very bad - the tour guide never joined us on the wall itself, he only showed us the map and told us which direction to go and what time to meet back at the bottom. Also, the tour company ended having people from a different tour to Water Town ride in the van with us, causing additional stops to drop them off and pick them back up, along with extra stops on the morning pickup route. This cut our time on the wall short by an hour we got 2.5 instead of the 3.5 promised in the tour description, and then we returned to Beijing during the worst of rush hour instead of being dropped back off at our hotel at 4:00 as the tour mentioned. The van stopped at a subway station and the tour guide encouraged us to take the subway if we wanted to get back to our hotel quicker.
Yes, do a tour of Jinshanling, but no, find a different tour operator!
What a fantastic experience! Going in the off season, had its perks as my tour of 10 people were practically the only ones on this section of the wall! Pick up was easy and on time and Paul the guide was great and really knowledgeable. Lunch was really good and no unwanted stops a long the way
This was an amazing tour, away from the busy tourist side. We basically had the wall to ourselves so we had great photo opportunities and an intense hike . Our guide Nancy was informative and excellent, she has a great passion for her work. The lunch was delicious as well. No shopping trips so this is highly recommended
Chan was AMAZING! Had an amazing time - went on Sept.29th - few days before the most busiest time of the year and China.
Our tour had almost no people on the wall - Fantastic! It ended up being just the 5 of us, including Chan.. who did everything to make the hike a memorable experience.
Helpful tip - Chan is as good as they come, ask him for other tours when you're in the area. This tour had zero tourist trap shops ie. silk shop, tea shop, pearl shop, jade shop etc. Loved it!
No vi reviews en español, así que yo lo haré.
Si quieres contemplar un buen paisaje, la muralla en una de sus partes más auténticas y estar completamente solo en ella y disrutar una de las mejores caminatas que puedes hacer no tienes que dudar en hacer este tour.
La empresa súper puntual, un tour muy pequeño, muy atentos con el grupo y la comida que nos dieron al terminar el recorrido bastante buena.
No pueden morir sin vivir esta experiencia. Complicado ir por tu cuenta hasta esta zona a menos que se renten un carro o paguen 800 Yuanes por un taxi desde Beijing.
Si tienen alguna duda dejen su pregunta y les intento ayudar a resolverla.
After booking the tour online, a week prior for the Sunday tour, we did not receive ay confirmation from the third party tour operator China Travel Depot on the pickup time from our hotel. We asked our hotel to call on our behalf. It wasn't until the day before the scheduled tour, in the late afternoon, they called our hotel reception and confirmed the pickup time as 6:20am. The driver arrived promptly the next morning. We were picked up in a small van, but then transferred to a bigger bus after picking up more passengers. From there the tour started. When we arrived about 10:30am at the Simitai entrance it started raining cats and dogs, complete downpour, Our tour guide Chan suggested we buy ponchos from the store. It was recommended that we walk up to the Great Wall and take the cable car back down after 90 RMB extra. Please be aware we were not informed beforehand of this extra cost. If we did not want to pay for the cable car, we would have to separate from the group and walk all the way back the way we came. However, given our exhaustion by the end, we were grateful not to have to climb the steep stairs back down. The spectacular view was well worth the climb. Thankfully, the rain cleared up by 11:30am. Although some parts of the wall were extremely difficult due to the steep steps, we were not rushed and were able to take our time. There were a few other tourist trekking the wall as well, while we were there. But we were able to get lots of pictures without anyone else in the photos. Lunch after the climb was delicious. We finished a little after 1pm. By 2pm, we were eating at one of the restaurants in the water town, at the bottom of the wall near the entrance. The drive back took a bit longer due to traffic. We did not get back to our hotel until almost 5:30pm. All in all, it was a great tour and worth the value.
The tour was great! The only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 was because the confirmed pick up time I was told was 8:30am, but at 6:15am there was a knock at my hotel door saying it was time to go! Luckily I was able to throw on my things and get out in time, but not a very nice way to wake up