We contacted Mr. Ping last minute, after we were left out from going with another tour, since we didn't want to accept visit to 4 jade and silk factories and obligatory tips for the tour guides, for which they told us upon arrival (although the previous day we arranged differently over phone). Mr Ping even made us discount and he came in 40 min to pick us at the hotel. Very positive experience. We went with one more couple, in a van and Mr Ping was telling us some history, mainly of the Great wall on the way there. He speaks very good english which is important for a tour like this. When we arrived, he knows all the people there, so we had the best deals (you can at the restaurant he recommends, but we didn't manage at the end). Also he help us with the tickets, advices, recommending to go up with the chair lift and get down with the tobogan (playground slide) - very recommendable experience. All on time and punctual, at the way back he took us to the Olympic park and tea testing place - Mr. Tea so we had the chance to taste some nice teas. I definitely recommend Mr. Ping, especially if you'd like to enjoy alternative tour of the wall - not the restored, crowded, touristic part and of course have good english speaking guide and most of all, avoid obligatory visits to factories scheduled in all of the conventional tours. The part of the wall we went is not accessible with train or bus, but it's still partially restored and slightly touristic, although not crowdy at all.
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