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).
This was a great tour! Our tour guide Sandy was well informative, approachable and made the tour bus ride between stops pass quickly. The Badaling Great wall and Ming tomb were interesting first stops before our visit to a jade factory where was also had lunch. Without a guide like this, you are missing out on just how big a feat, it was wonderful to see the great wall. Tea shop were informative and good deals were available if you were interested. We would recommend this tour in a heartbeat.
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.
This was a great trip. Our guide, Leon, did a great job keeping us informed and together. Although our group signed up for Badaling, it was too crowded and the bus couldn't get through so we had to go to another part of the wall. I'm just thankful we were able to get on the wall at all. Leon had the foresight to get us there hook or crook! Thank you Leon for a good tour experience!
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.