I contacted Wild Great Wall Adventure Day Tour by email and heard back from Ricky within 24 hours. I told him what we were looking for (private tour of Jinshanling Great Wall hike). He made the entire process so easy (just a few emails to confirm), plus he contacted us the night before just to confirm again - each step of the way he assured us we could modify our pick up time.
The driver (Mr. Zheng) and tour guide (James) were on time and ready for the tour. We climbed in the clean, spacious, air conditioned car and were whisked off to Jinshanling. James is an amazing, well-spoken, intelligent, educated tour guide. We talked with him the entire trip! Because of his extensive experience with both local visitors and international visitors, his vocabulary is excellent and his preparation for the hike is very specific to each client.
We arrived at 10:15a (picked up at 8a) at Jinshanling. This is the only spot I've been to on the Great Wall so can only tell you about that spot. Very few visitors so that although we saw people the entire time we hiked, there were only 5-10 people at a time, and just every now and then. The weather was very warm, but manageable, and James made sure we had plenty of water and Snickers Bars to keep up our energy.
We finished the hike by 1:30p and headed back into Beijing with a stop at a place to view the Bird's Nest and Cube from the recent Olympic games.
I confidently recommend Wild Great Wall Adventures! Ricky is completely professional, no money exchanged hands until we were picked up by Mr. Zheng and James.
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