I stayed here for a business trip and decided to take an extra day to take a tour of the Great Wall. I asked the hotel to arrange the tour for me, figuring that the Ritz would put its guests on really nice tours. I should have realized when they told me that the price was only about $60 for a full day with meals, that the tour would not be very nice. It turned out to be a Chinese government state run tour. The van picked me up in the morning and picked up some travlers at other hotels as well. The tour guide mumbled through the same speech she must give to tourists each and every day, with zero enthusiasm or interest. Our first stop was a state-run jade factory. We were taken out of the van and marched through the factory where we saw a few artisans at work and then ended up in a huge room with very pushy sales staff. I ended up buying a few over-priced items that I probably could have gotten in an outdoor market for 1/4 the price. As soon as the purchases were completed, we were marched back to the van. After about an hour in the van, we reached the Great Wall. Of course, it was amazing and beautiful, but also completely packed with tourists. After a 1 hour stop at the Wall, the next stop was lunch at a state run "restaurant." We pulled up to an enormous building with dozens of tour buses out front. Our guide said that it was her lunch break so we should just go inside and eat. The bathrooms were holes in the ground (although a very nice bathroom attendant did show me the way to the one, hidden, normal bathroom). Lunch was terrible. We were each allocated one tiny glass with one drink. Again, I was able to find a way to pay for extras, but it wasn't easy. This was followed by more forced shopping and an afternoon of site-seeing in much the same fashion as the morning. One would think that the Ritz would put together something better for its guests, but I guess the vestiges of Communism remain, even for guests of the Ritz.