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The Great Wall Hike (James Private Tour)

1102, No.5 Building Fuzeyuan, Yihai Garden, Beijing 100071, China
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Just returned from trip to Beijing which included a private tour with James (Hiking the Wall) on Jiankou. We chose James based on reviews on TripAdivsor. A sound choice. James knows the wall like the back of his hand which is essential because some sections are steep and a little unstable. While those with a fear of heights might feel... More

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We took the day trip to the Jiankou section of the wall with James. He picked us up on time from our hotel and deposited in a remote area to begin our hike. We could not have been more thrilled to find we were the only hikers on this section of the wall which has not been restored in 450+... More

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Mississauga, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We booked the 2 day overnight tour after having seen the restored wall at Badaling and Mutinayu several times. This IS the real Great Wall! Jame picked us up at our hotel and we drove directly to the Jiankou section of the Wall. There are several signs posted saying thst this section of the Wall si closed to the public,... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

James took me on a 2 day overnight camping trip on the Jiankou section. This section (like pretty much all of the Wall apart from the full-on tourist spots) hasn't been maintained for 450 years! We only saw 2 other people for the whole 2 days. He is an outstanding guide who clearly has a job that he thoroughly loves.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

James was friendly, engaging and encouraging as we negotiated the often difficult terrain in this largely untended section of the Wall. He was very knowledgeable and was happy to share his passion for the Wall whenever we needed a break. Highly recommended!

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Took the 1.5 day hike with James. Great experience, amazing views, James looked after us really well, and gave us lots of info and stories about the Great Wall. There were very few people on that section of the Wall, even though it was a major holiday (May 1st), which allowed us to take outstanding pictures. Highly recommended!

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I did the 1.5 day hike on the wall. I have so many amazing memories from China, but this experience will stay with me for a long time. James was such an accommodating guide that he even drove me to the train station afterwards, even though it was out of his way. Anyone looking for an adventure and a taste... More

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Bangkok Thailand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Went for a day hike with Ellen - one of the best experiences ever. A slightly challenging walk, but so memorable...not a soul apart from our group of four. Highly recommended - we have travelled to some fantastic places, and this is perhaps the best. Cannot recommend James and Ellen enough

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Had a day out with James at the Jiankou section of the Great Wall in March. Hardly anyone there on the day and James was a great guide. Thoroughly recommend him for a private tour and a memorable experience.

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We did the 1.5 day hike with 2 kids (aged 7 and 4). James was an excellent guide and very well organized. He was very understanding and helpful with the kids and also flexible. Some of the walk is quite a steep scramble but James was very good at keeping the kids safe. He was happy to change route a... More

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