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“Urban Adventures Great Wall Experience”

Beijing Urban Adventures - Day Tour
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Owner description: Beijing Urban Adventures offers unique and authentic day tours around Beijing, especially the day trip to Great Wall of China. Our trips say no to Shopping, depart earlier to avoid tourist crowds and add on surreal local experiences. We focus on uncovering back streets, hidden gems, and fascinating sights. Step into the lives of locals, find out what makes the city tick, and get acquainted with the local food, culture, and traditions of Beijing . A local expert guide will provide the knowledge and lead you through a fantastic urban experience.
Reviewed January 30, 2014

While our tour guide was very polite, this was actually the worst tour I have ever been on anywhere in the world. Our guide gave us less than 5 minutes of information the entire time, even when I asked her for more information. She pretty much took us up to the wall, hung around for 10 minutes, gave us 2 facts (one of which was that she attended a concert on the Wall) and then left.
By that point, I was so angry that I'd paid so much that I didn't actually enjoy being on the Wall until she left us alone.
Another thing that was a little sketchy was that we had to buy tickets going up on a ski lift ourselves (not included) and the price we got charged seemed to be more than what people without a "tour guide" got charged.
The lunch was good. The massage was okay- certainly, not worth the cost of the tour package.
I wouldn't recommend doing Urban Adventures Great Wall tour. Truthfully, I feel like like I got ripped off and would have been much better going to the Great Wall on my own.

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Karen Z, Manager at Beijing Urban Adventures - Day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2014

Dear Beijing Urban Adventure client,

Thank you very much for your feedback and we are very sorry to hear that Grace did not perform to her potential as your local guide. We take your feedback very seriously and look to improve our services as a tour company by helping our people grow in their role.

The training of our local guides is designed to enable them to interact with our passengers as a local friend so that you can learn about the people, the city and the culture. In the past year Grace has performed very well, receiving positive feedbacks from passengers just like you. We are disappointed she did not meet your expectations on this tour. We have talked to Grace about this and we will be working closely with her to manage her performance and leadership in the future.

The tours we run are designed for small groups, aiming to take away unnecessary hassles and provide a safe and secure environment while avoiding scams and shopping traps (which unfortunately still exist in China). This way we believe our clients will have a better experience on all our trips – with the flexibility of time and more interaction with our local expert with the ultimate goal of providing a unique experience. We are sorry that we did not reach this level of service with you and your feedback inspires us to work harder and improve in the future.

We do hope that you could keep travelling with Urban Adventures and we will always try our best to provide you a great local experience.

Best regards


Operations Manager

Beijing UA team

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Reviewed December 25, 2013

We had a fantastic guide, Grace Tang, who took us to the wall nice and early, at a spot less frequented by tourists. We got some great photos and she happily answered all of our questions about the wall, Beijing and China in general (we had many!). She then took us for a fantastic Chinese lunch, which ended up being the best meal we had our whole stay - delicious!! The tour ended with an amazing reflexology foot massage. We felt we got much more than we paid for, Grace was extremely helpful and friendly and gave us tips on other things to see and do while in town. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Beijing.

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Reviewed December 8, 2013

This was a fantastic evening getting to know the real Beijing. There were only the three of us so it was a personal tour and Michelle our guide was really knowledgable and we learnt so much about Beijing today and its history. Michelle showed us a great street market, we sampled some delicious snacks and then ventured deep into the Hutong to have a lovely home cooked meal and a chance to wrap some dumplings ourselves. Our dumplings failed quality control, but the ones cooked by our lovely hostess were great! This was a real adventure for us - we would never have had the confidence to have done this without Michelle's excellent guidance and we would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to try something a bit different when in Beijing.

Thank Pam H
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

excellent service - i Was able To Change My Date Too. Got To The Wall Before Anyone Else So Had AnExclusive Experience. LindaLi Was Very Flexible And Let M额 Hike For Longer. Deli偶是 Lunch In Local Place - Much Better Th安 Other Tours. OneHour Massage Too.thanks

Thank joneshe
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

We were met by our guide Grace Tang at the departure location at 7 am. there were only four of us on the tour together with Grace and our driver, and we then made the two hour journey by mini bus out of Beijing to Mutianyu, arriving at the Wall at about nine. Our guide came with us up onto the Wall and told us about the history of it and some interesting facts about its construction. We had a couple of hours to walk by ourselves along the wall and then came back down on the toboggan run, which was fun! Our driver then took us for lunch in a village cafe on the way back to Beijing, where we had a selection of Chinese dishes and Jasmine tea. On arrival back in Beijing we went for a reflexology shoulder and foot massage, painful at times but ultimately quite beneficial! all in all a really good day out, well worth the money and a great way to see the Wall and something of everyday life in China. Thank you to Grace and the driver for a wonderful experience.

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