Beijing: Tiananmen, Forbidden City, and Mutianyu Great Wall
- Pickup available
- Duration: 10 hours
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Our tour guide, Emma, is the best tour guide ever. She could have just left us however she followed us through the entire walk on the Great Wall. She is knowledgeable and diligent in sharing with us about the history. She even helped us to take nice and memorable photos! My mum had some difficulties walking however she is patient and we had a good leisure walk. At the end of the Great Wall tour, we had a choice of either taking the chairslide or toboggan. My mum could only take the chairslide and Emma accompanied her while the rest of us four took the toboggan. She was a great company for my mum during the chairslide ride. All in all, we highly recommend Emma for this tour.
Emma is a fantastic guide who is very friendly and knowledgeable. It takes approximately 2 hours to get to the wall but Emma fills it with knowledge and trivia about China which I found quite enjoyable. The lunch included is great and hearty. Emma was happy to answer any questions we had. Three hours is more than enough to do quite a bit of walking at the wall. My husband and I walked from Tower 6 to 1 and all the way back past 6 to 10. Emma was awesome and I'd definitely recommend booking!
Our Great Wall experience was amazing. The Forbidden City, whilst interesting felt dragged out and if we had explored alone we would have done it in half the time. They flipped the tour around and we did the Forbidden City first so We could see the military raising the flag in the square which was nice. They stop off at a Jade Factory and Tea shop to try and sell you their wares, it was educational but unnecessary.
My guide is as Sabrina and she was great! I think that the guide is very important in a tour and can make the difference between amazing and ok :) Even though I traveled some, I felt like the entire group was one team! The tour was excellent length for winter time (but cold outside than I am used to). Probably in the summer is worth taking one full day in the wall for tracking.
Super Cheap trip included with a delicious lunch. Able to see most of the big highlights in Beijing. Though, the tempo is high without much of explantion of the tour guide. Great if youre on a short time notice. Perhaps pick another tour if you want to spend more time at the locations and know more about the background.