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“Great Wall- Off the beaten path with Victor”

Great Wall at Mutianyu
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Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking Tour from Beijing with Lunch
Ranked #1 of 1,605 things to do in Beijing
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Early stage in the northern of China in the middle ages,Mutianyu is a the best part is that as the Great Wall to defend north of the capital obstacles and imperial tombs. As a new attractions of Beijing , government repaired and open for tourists from all over the world only 22 tower.
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“Great Wall- Off the beaten path with Victor”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2010

We joined a tour group in Beijing but wanted our own personalized experience of the Great Wall. One reviewer at Tripadvisor recommended Victor as a guide/driver and we were very pleased. We contacted Victor and described our lifetime dream of experiencing the sunrise at the Great Wall away from the hawkers and hordes of other tourists. Victor arranged for us to stay at a Bed and Breakfast (modest breakfast) so that we could hike up the Great Wall Trail at dawn. It was a beautiful sight, made all the more special upon seeing a prayer flag at the peak. From atop, we can see the other hikers (using binoculars) also hiking the opposite mountain since the village is in a valley traversed by the Great Wall. Afterwards, Victor drove us back to Beijing and took us to Old Beijing, a local restaurant for hearty Peking Duck, rickshaw at Behai Park, and the Lama Temple. Since our tour had only 2 days in Beijing, we were glad to skip out and spend the day with Victor on our own schedule efficiently and enjoyably. Being sisters who don't speak the language or know anyone in Beijing, we felt safe walking unfamiliar streets with Victor but yet be catered to what we wanted to do and see. Our lifetime cream of seeing the Great Wall in solitude and sanctity would not have been realized without Victor. we highly recommend contacting Victor at Chinapeace88@sina.com. You will not regret that you did!

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“Awe inspiring”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2010

My son and I had a great trip to Mutianyu. We took the advice of several other travellers who recommended Beijing Travels as a releiable guide. A really nice young woman caled Poppy met us at our hotel and looked after us for the rest of the day; and even threw in a side trip to the Olympic stadia because I had mentioned our interest in the site. Overall the experience on the wall was truely awesome, despite it being Sunday and arriving at around 10.00 am it was not too crowded particularly if you walk along the wall for a bit,. Beijing Travels are not the cheapest but they certainly representeed good value for money in our opinion

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“Awesome part of the wall to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2010

As others have said, get there as early as you can. I believe they said this part of the wall opens at 8:30 and we were there right around then. When you get to the wall, go to your LEFT. This will take you to the steepest part of the wall and AWAY from most of the people. It is not for the faint of heart though, there is a section with over 350 steps with no break. We climbed to the top and kept going past the "closed past this point" signs. According to our guide, you will not get in trouble for going past, but if you get hurt you're on your own. If you continue on, the wall is unrestored but still very pretty and very peaceful. We ended up there on a Sunday, which I'm guessing is why there were so many people there and not what others had described. After we returned from the "wild" section of the wall and back closer to where the cable car drops you off the amount of people was unbearable. You literally had to push your way through the doorways to get through.

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“Toboggan down from the Great Wall of China!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2010

How many people can say they tobogganed down from the Great Wall of China! Pretty awesome and slightly terrifying slide. Remember you toboggan at your own risk!

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“Older, overweight and out of shape..we did it and so can you!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2010

Just back from Beijing yesterday. With trepidation, we hired a driver and went out to Mutianyu last Monday with the encouragment of other TA posters. We are both in our mid-sixties and generally in poor physical shape. The hike up to the cable car departure point from the parking lot was the most physically taxing segment of the adventure. Once on the wall at tower 14, we took our time traversing to tower 6 for the tobaggan chute ride back down to the parking lot area. Although mostly downhill until the last quarter of the wall hike, it was tiring; especially on the very steep couple of inclines at the end. With a couple of bottles of water and taking many mini-breaks, we managed the experience fairly well, albeit with stiff, sore leg muscles the next couple of days. This is an experience not to be missed and doable even by those less physically fit. Few other visitors on the wall, to boot. Enjoy!

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