From Beijing: Badaling Great Wall Private Tour
- Private group
- Pickup available
- Skip the ticket line
I was lucky to be the only person doing this tour that day - so we had a VW limo instead a van. Nevertheless, Bob, the tour guide, spent all his attention to me, explaining all details, as for group, off course mor personalized. At the Great Wall I had about 90 minutes for myself. Cable car was out of service, due to strong winds. I decided for the "left part" (more steep) and enjoyed. After Badaling we went for lunch in jade factory (actually I do not like those shopping tours, but they are part of allmost all tours). After that, we visited the chang ming tombs. On the way back we had a stop (I guess also common for all other tours) at a tea house. Because I was alone on the tour, we we a bit ahead the schedule back to hotel, which was not bad, as we saved a lot of time, beeing one person only. All in all a perfect day (considered, that I normally do not go for package tours, but had a private guide in fact).
YoYo our guide was great. She made sure we would get a great tour with the best conditions as not having to wait in queue. The bus came very punctual and was small and comfortable. We enjoyed the jade store and tea ceremony as well because they were quite informative. Apparently the Badaling Great Wall section is the only one you are able to see the wall going far in a few directions. I definitely recommend this section as it’s stunning.
Ridiculous prices at shopping stops...you can buy same stuff 70 % cheaper everywhere else. Jade factory was the biggest joke...they tell you about jade for 5 min and then go go quick to our giant store with joke prices and spend there 40 minutes....tea was much nicer as they at least talked a lot about tea....but prices are a joke again.
Generally the trip was OK. But the lunch was served too early at about 10:15 and was bad. The guide collected the trip reviews collectively and it was not possible to express your real point of view. I have an impression that this is a common way of collecting reviews but I hope to be wrong. All in all recommended:)
it was wonderful to see the great wall. it was a perfect day, Sunny no smog so could see for miles around and nenjoy the splendour of the wall.