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Commune by the Great Wall

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Commune by the Great Wall

47 Reviews
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Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket Booking with Optional Guide Service
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Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket Booking with Optional Guide Service

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Avoid any long lines or printing problems with paperless skip-the-line entry to Beijing’s UNESCO-listed Forbidden City. Simply book in advance, stroll straight to check in, then show your passport to ensure hassle-free admission directly into the ancient complex and enjoy plenty of time to browse the site’s major attractions, including the Gate of Divine Prowess, Dragon Throne, and Palace Museum.
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adrianmsimpson wrote a review Feb 2019
Great Missenden, United Kingdom18 contributions20 helpful votes
This is a disgusting place. Just look at my candid photos of the horrific state of the accommodation building, Deluxe rooms (£250++) a night and the staircases and walkways. It needs to be closed, totally refurbished and reopened when fit for purpose. The only habitual areas are central bar & restaurant but the later is incompetent & poor. I ordered a £65 bottle of white wine which arrived warm & stater and main that was so “fresh” it arrived together 7 mins later - yes 7mins! The embarrassed, nice but useless staff clearly know it’s a total S**t hole but are powerless to improve the situation. You can’t as they say polish a turd. Location is great but seriously stay elsewhere - and invest in a driver instead.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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by_lish wrote a review Oct 2017
Singapore, Singapore28 contributions11 helpful votes
Perhaps it was the big reviews or large price tag, but we had high expectations for the place. We went as a group of 7, 2 children, us, & 3 elderly and were allocated 2 low tatami style bedrooms in the bottom level. They were nice and new, but not made up yet at 1+pm. The climb two floors up and then two floors down were not suited for elderly, neither were the low low beds in the cold weather. Fortunately, the manager allowed us to change after we explained the hazards of our frequently falling granddad. Transport was great as we just need to call and wait for the official MPVs to move us all around. So we were moved to another abode much much higher up the slope, older but relatively nice and quiet. However the room was lightly infested with 20-30 stink bugs. The sweeping and cleaning didn’t rid them as new ones reappeared. The manager in charge of the block said it probably came In from outside, but actually it was the vents and they didn’t take us seriously. The private Great Wall was not a good climb. The slopes nearer to the wall were sandy and anchored only with ropes across trees. You’d think that with so many paying to see the small piece of wall, they’d at least put in some steps so elderly and children can climb. So both groups have to forfeit the climb. Food wise, I didn’t mind paying but it was exhorbitant for a small standard buffet. About 380-400 RMB per head and the line was about two tables only. Breakfast was a little better. Overall, I only spent a night there and glad that I did not spend more. There really isn’t much to do and the food isn’t a draw.
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Date of experience: September 2017
Melissa A wrote a review Sep 2017
Muscat, Masqat, Oman82 contributions7 helpful votes
Be sure to ask for Joe Geng as your tour guide! Bruce was also very helpful at supervising the trip to make sure all went well. I lucked out with this great trip by WikiBeijing! I had originally signed up for the tour by myself because my flight to Beijing arrived too late in the day to join a large tour. My flight was 2 hours late and the team at WikiBeijing were able to change my pickup location and timing at each site to make my day just as spectacular as I had expected. The Commune hotel is lovely to see for the beautiful buildings by the 12 different architects....the short hike to the The Great Wall passes quickly and Joe can go at any speed which is comfortable for you. The views from this VERY private section of the Great Wall make you feel like you are the first person to have discovered this site. You get to take your time taking photos since no crowds which means plenty of time for cheesy fun. T-Square and the Forbidden City were also part of the tour and Joe did a great job of monitoring my interest level and would move on to the next site before I could get bored at any point. I have already shared this website with all of my friends on Facebook. At this point, I have been to 53 countries in the world and this was one of the best experiences to date. Book soon before too many people find out about this hidden treasure in Beijing!
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Date of experience: September 2017
Dag G Sandås wrote a review Mar 2017
Vaasa, Finland440 contributions120 helpful votes
It has it all - nice contemporary architecture, accomodation, restaurants, outdoor walking trails, Great Wall - you name, they got it! Nice place to have team meetings where you can combine business with outdoor activities.
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Date of experience: August 2016
Cindy59717 wrote a review Oct 2015
Vancouver, Canada89 contributions31 helpful votes
The Commune by The Great Wall is located about 2 hours by car north west of Beijing. The Commune is an interesting concept where guests share a house with a large common area/kitchen. The bedrooms are essentially a hotel room. There were 3 bedrooms in the house in which we stayed. This is first class accommodation with modern, well-equiped bathrooms, wifi, etc. There are 2 restaurants and since The Commune is situated in a forest, guest are captive patrons. When we visited the Chinese restaurant was not open so we dined at the continental restaurant which was OK, but not great, especially when considering the cost. However, any deficiencies with cuisine cannot detract from the main attraction of this hotel -- private access to the Great Wall. When we visited we were not quite adjusted to local time and so found ourselves waking very early. This was a real bonus because we made an early hike up the trail in the hotel grounds to a section of Wall only accessible to hotel guests. The morning we visited we were on the wall as the sun came over the mountains and we were the only 2 people we could see anywhere. I cannot begin to express how special this experience was. Everything about it was breathtaking. This is a memory we will keep with us forever. (Note: the trail and The Wall are steep - not for people in poor physical fitness)
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Date of experience: October 2015
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