Reviewed June 21, 2013
My wife and I went on a day trip out to the Jiankou portion of the Great wall yesterday with Joe. It was amazing.
As other reviewers have noted, this section of the wall is not for those who are afraid of heights or climbing. At one point the wall is made up of a climb of steps which are at a 70 degree angle: this requires climbing up. There is no rope, but as long as you keep your eyes and your balance forward you'll be fine.
Joe kept us entertained with facts about china, its history and the wall throughout the trip. We learned a lot from him.

After about three hours we descended through the bush to the pick up point, where we drove for about half an hour to a farmhouse (looked like a summer holiday resort for Chinese people but pretty empty when we went) for lunch which was delicious Chinese food.
A great day and we would recommend Joe (and a visit to the wild wall) wholeheartedly.
Visited June 2013
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The Routes of Two-Day City Tour

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Route 1  Tour Code: C2A

Day 1:Tiananmen Square to Forbidden City in the morning
Tiananmen Square is the biggest city square around the world also the center of Beijing, which witnessed so many historical events which affected Chinese history a lot. There are so many famous landmark buildings surround it, it is one of the must-sees in Beijing.

Forbidden City also named Palace Museum, in imperial time, it is the palace of the emperor, because the emperors are always afraid of being killed so the average people are not allowed to get close, that is the reason why we call it Forbidden City. Forbidden City is the symbol of Beijing, and it is worth having a look!
Temple of heaven and Hutong in the afternoon
Temple of Heaven is the place for the emperors to worship God of Heaven, and the architectures here are the essences of the traditional Chinese architectures. I am sure the beauty of the Temple will strike an emotional chord.
Nowadays Temple of Heaven is popular for old people to do exercise in the morning and you can see lots of old people dancing, singing and practicing Kong Fu here.
 
Hutong is the alley between courtyards, nowadays Hutong is very important cultural symbol of Beijing and also is the ideal place to experience the average people’s daily life. During the Hutong trip, you will have the chance to take pedicabs and walk inside the traditional courtyard to be a real Beijinger. Enjoy the local life here.
Day 2:Mutianyu greatwall in the morning
Mutianyu Great Wall is about 80 km north of the city area of Beijing. This section of Great Wall is very popular because comparing with Badaling Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall is not crowded with much fewer people, and the wall here is also very nice and wonderful. It is long, you can see the Great Wall keep snaking on the mountain ridge, and the tourism facilities here are the best, there are chair lift, cable car and chute, the condition of the wall is very good. The Great Wall was renovated in 1985, so it is very safe to hike on it , this section of Great Wall is suitable to all kinds of ages.

Summer Palace in the afternoon

Summer Palace is the traveling Palace for the emperors in imperial time. In summer, Beijing is very sweltering especially in the center of the city. In order to get rid of the heat, emperors will move from Forbidden City to here, because it is much cooler and the lake here is so big and so nice. You can take a dragon boat and enjoy the view of the nice traditional architectures and the big mountains close by at the same time. It is the Schoenbrunn Palace in China.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1
1:pick you up from your hotel at 9 am
2:drive to Tiananmen Square
3:walk around Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City for about 3 hours
4:have lunch in a local restaurant
5:drive to Hutong
6:stay in Hutong 1 hours
7:drive to Temple of Heaven
8:stay in Temple of Heaven about 2 hours
9:drive back to your hotel about 5 pm

Day 2
1:pick you up from your hotel at 9 am
2:drive about 1 hour 30 minutes to Mutianyu Great Wall
3:walk on Mutianyu Great Wall about 2 hours
4:have lunch in a local restaurant
5:drive to Summer Palace
6:stay in Summer Palace about 2 hours
7:drive back to your hotel about 5 pm

Price Table

Group size 1pax 2pax 3pax 4pax 5pax 6pax 7pax 8pax more
Price RMB each 2880 1790 1580 1370 1300 1230 1190 1090 Contact us
In China the law stipulates the working hour a day is 8 hours,if you need the car more than 8 hours, you just need to pay extra.

Included

Private English-speaking tour guide
Private car with AC and experienced driver
Tasty lunch
Entrance fee
Bottled water

Exclude

Gratuity to the guide and driver if they are good
Drinks
Personal expense
Travel insurance
Cable car/slide

Tips

1:proper shoes,soft sole sneakers are recommended.
2:backup memory card and battery is recommended to bring because it will be very expensive to buy in the scenic spots
3:summer time sunglasses,sunblock,wide-brim hat, are recommended.

 

Route 2    Tour Code: C2B

Day 1:Tiananmen Square to Forbidden City in the morning

Tiananmen Square is the biggest city square around the world also the center of Beijing, which witnessed so many historical events which affected Chinese history a lot. There are so many famous landmark buildings surround it, it is one of the must-sees in Beijing.

Forbidden City is also named Palace Museum, in imperial time, it is the palace of the emperor, because emperors are always afraid of being killed so the average people are not allowed to get close, that is the reason why we call it Forbidden City. Forbidden City is the symbol of Beijing, and it is worth having a look!
 

Lama Temple in the afternoon

Lama Temple used to be the prince mansion, the reason why the emperor converted it into Lama Temple is that he wanted the Buddha helps his father go to heaven easily. Lama Temple also works as a bridge between central government and Tibet.
Lama Temple is a very good place to experience the religion of Chinese.

Day 2:Mutianyu Great Wall in the morning

Mutianyu Great Wall is about 80 km north of the city area of Beijing. This section of Great Wall is very popular because comparing with Badaling Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall is not crowded with much fewer people, and the wall here is also very nice. It is long, you can see the Great Wall keep snaking on the mountain ridge, and the tourism facilities here are the best, there are chair lift, cable car and chute, the condition of the wall is very good.The Great Wall was renovated in 1985, so it is very safe to walk on it , this section of Great Wall is suitable to all kinds of ages.

Summer Palace in the afternoon

Summer Palace is the traveling Palace for the emperors in imperial time. In summer, Beijing is very sweltering especially in the center of the city. In order to get rid of the heat, emperors will move from Forbidden City to here, because it is much cooler and the lake here is so big and so nice. You can take a dragon boat and enjoy the view of the nice traditional architectures and the big mountains close by at the same time. It is the Schoenbrunn Palace in China. The view here is amazing.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1
1:pick you up from your hotel at 9 am
2:drive to Tiananmen Square
3:walk around Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City for about 3 hours
4:have lunch in a local restaurant
5:drive to Lama Temple
6:stay in Lama Temple 2 hours
7:drive back to your hotel about 5 pm

Day 2
1:pick you up from your hotel at 9 am
2:drive about 1 hour 30 minutes to Mutianyu Great Wall
3:walk on Mutianyu Great Wall about 2 hours
4:have lunch in a local restaurant
5:drive to Olympic stadium park
6:stay in the Olympic park about 1 hour
7:drive to Summer Palace
8:stay in Summer Palace about 2 hours
9:drive back to your hotel about 5 pm

Price Table

Group size 1pax 2pax 3pax 4pax 5pax 6pax 7pax 8pax more
Price RMB each 2880 1790 1580 1370 1300 1230 1190 1090 Contact us

In China the law stipulates the working hour a day is 8 hours,if you need the car more than 8 hours, you just need to pay extra.

Included

Private English-speaking tour guide
Private car with AC and experienced driver
Tasty lunch
Entrance fee
Bottled water

Exclude

Gratuity to the guide and driver if they are good
Drinks
Personal expense
Travel insurance
Cable car/slide

Tips

1:proper shoes,soft sole sneakers are recommended.
2:backup memory card and battery is recommended to bring because it will be very expensive to buy in the scenic spots
3:summer time sunglasses,sunblock,wide-brim hat, are recommended.

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