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TripAdvisor Great Wall hiking reviews 2017



TripAdvisor Great Wall Hiking



Great Wall Adventure Club's
Guides and Team

Aaron Z.

Miko L.

Justin W.

Oliver Z.

Henry W.

Luis L.

 Barry C.

 Leo G.

Yin Z.

Mike C.

Jack C.

Mark M.

Wall Street Journal Shanghai Expo

The Great Wall Adventure Club was used as one of the major information sources of  the Shanghai World Expo by  The Wall Street Journal in 2010.





  Smart tour with smart agent.TM

"Dear Great Wall and all:

I have just submitted my manuscript to a publisher - two years too late! I thoroughly appreciate the interaction I & my family had with all of you during that first week of July. I have attached the final copy of the Beijing Chapter and International Train K-3 chapter of my story for you. I welcome any comments or suggestions. Thanks! I wish all of you a happy holiday season and GREAT new year. Who knows, we might meet again--you know what a small world we live on! Do take care, and best wishes. Thanks again!--"

John Eyberg, USA

*You can read John's book chapter: Beijing Travel Guide Backpackers here.

"It was a great experience and we will remember it forever."


What our heroes are talking about their China tour experience
and their host, the Great Wall Adventure Club


Don't forget to visit our Hall of Fame to see their photos.
Here is a snail mail of Thank-You Letter from the Brewsters, guest family from USA
Another Thank-you letter from the Hunchak family from Canada.

Why our professional tour guide is important to the success of your Great Wall hike?
Learn more about our company.


The Great Wall, Our Way


A two-day hike along a remote stretch of China? Great Wall affords endless views without the distraction of crowds.


The outdoorsman: Stay overnight on the Great Wall of China

When people come to the Great Wall of China, they want to explore the history and see why it was built. A day trip to the tourist sites won’t achieve that, but a sleepover on one of the world’s most storied ruins certainly will. The Great Wall Adventure Club organizes trips to sleep in a watchtower where soldiers were formerly garrisoned. When night falls, the only thing above is the stars, while the incredible land of the surrounding hills is absolutely silent ... (June 11, 2012)


Reviews Not Seen on TripAdvisor
or New York TimesScott Hanson Great Wall



"I don't often do endorsements, but I am happy to recommend The Great Wall Adventure Club to any and all who are thinking of travelling to China. The company was thorough and professional from first contact until the hour I departed. They routinely went above and beyond the call of duty to make my trip smooth and unforgettable. Joe, my guide, was excellent! Fun, informative, always on time (early, in fact) and a clear communicator.

If you are browsing for a terrific, trustworthy tour company in China -- look no further. I loved my experience with The Great Wall Adventure Club!"

Scott Hanson
American TV Sportscaster
(Toured China July 2012)




Just wanted to let you know that my team had a great time! They said the guide was really good!! :)


Mayumi Whitworth
Google, Inc., USA




I want to thank you and your team for helping us completes our recent charity trek in China 2011. Your guides, Mr. Chaney, Vivian and Li made all the difference and went out of their way to help us complete this challenge. We couldn't have done it without your help.

You can be justly proud of the people that work in your organisation and on behalf of British Airways London Terminal 5 a big thank you.


I strongly recommend using Great Wall Adventure to any other organization and I will be honored promoting this company for further Treks in China.

I hope our paths we will meet again in the future.


Ray Mausolle
Health & Safety Co-ordinator
British Airways
T5 Baggage Services LHR
South Airside Report (Arrivals Level)
Terminal 5, Wellington Road Hounslow, London


It was a great day and your guide was excellent. I will certainly look to use you for future trips when in China.

Phil McAveety, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide's Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer


Thanks Vivian! We had a really great time. Aaron was awesome! The hike was definitely harder than we expected - especially the night hike, the first one through the wood - but at the end of it all it was extremely rewarding. We feel very proud of our accomplishment and grateful to have experienced this once in a lifetime trip. My colleagues who visited on Tuesday all had a great time! I think they were just jealous that we got to do 3 days :)

Laura Silverman, Publicist

Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil


I highly recommend taking a tour with this company. They are very organized, and make the whole process very easy.

I really enjoyed the 1AA day trip, the wild sections of the wall are amazing, and a good challenge. If I had more time, I would have like to try one of the multi-day trips. Our guide Connie was also great, she was very knowledgeable whenever we had questions about the wall, very friendly and her English was very good.

I was outside of to pickup and drop off area, and when we returned to Beijing from the trip, I needed to get a cab back. Terrance and his girlfriend both helped me get a cab back to my hotel, negotiated a price for me and told the driver where I needed to go. This was totally above and beyond what they needed to do, and I really appreciated it!

Again highly recommended!

Pete Gemakas
Research In Motion Ltd - BlackBerry
Waterloo, Ontario



We used Great Wall Adventures from July 23rd to July 28th. Our trip was outstanding. Our tour guide the first day was Sophie. She was great and made as feel welcome. She was an excellent source of China history and Asian food. I would give her 5 Stars!!! The next day and our hiking adventure with Oliver was fantastic. The thrill of spending the night in one of the towers on the Great Wall was an experience we will never forget. Oliver too was well versed in China’s history. He went out of his way with my grandchildren 10 and 12 and myself and my husband who are in our 70’s. I have been recommending your company to all my friends and relatives. Thanks again for a wonderful experienceWe used Great Wall Adventures from July 23rd to July 28th. Our trip was outstanding. Our tour guide the first day was Sophie. She was great and made as feel welcome. She was an excellent source of China history and Asian food. I would give her 5 Stars!!! The next day and our hiking adventure with Oliver was fantastic. The thrill of spending the night in one of the towers on the Great Wall was an experience we will never forget. Oliver too was well versed in China’s history. He went out of his way with my grandchildren 10 and 12 and myself and my husband who are in our 70’s. I have been recommending your company to all my friends and relatives. Thanks again for a wonderful experience!


Maria Johannes




Yesterday was one of the greatest days of my life! I don't know how to properly thank you for providing me with this opportunity of a lifetime. And Oliver was truly exceptional! How lucky I am that you chose him a my guide!


In addition to writing all about you in my book, I will also be writing wonderful things on the major social media sites.


Michael Bossone, Professor of Law and Innovation, and author of the book Walking the Scared




We just wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed our Great Wall Hiking trip, even though it was cut short by thunder and lightening (and torrential rain.) We did get a little wet, but it was okay as the weather was very warm.
Henry was a wonderful guide and very helpful. I commend him highly.
It was a great experience camping overnight on the wall; one we will remember a long time.
Please pass on our thanks to Henry and our driver, whose name I can no longer remember. They were both very cordial and good natured, and were a pleasure to travel with.
Thanks for your assistance in organising our tour.





Hello  Vivien,


Just letting you know we arrived home safe and cannot express how pleased we were with all you had organised for our recent trip to China.


By far the biggest highlight and greatest experience of all was hiking the Great Wall with the amazing Oliver and our wonderful driver Mr. Wong. The hike was far harder than my husband and I could have imagined, and our boys and my 8 year old daughter amazed us at how they coped far better than we could have imagined. Oliver was so patient and caring and knowledgeable that he really made the experience the best we could have imagined. We wanted to take him home with us!!


Our other guides Daniel and Melody were also very, very good and also very knowledgeable and patient, however the Wall and Beijing was such an incredible and personal journey, it was by far the highlight, along with the Terracotta Warriors.


So thank you again for all your help in putting out trip together, I have  talked to many of our friends who have now put the Great Wall on their bucket list, and I have told them they can only go with the Great Wall Adventure Club.


With sincere thanks and many fond memories


Angela Carrasquinho, Australia




Thank you and Oliver for the most amazing experience! It was one we will never forget.

Danny was the best guide. He took us on the nicest well planned route, always in time for going in the shade, or needing a drink, or taking a photo. He told us we were a bit slower than others, and we were very happy that he was not trying to hurry us through. The information he provided was extremely relevant and interesting, and on top he is just a stand up guy, who knew how to laugh with us and who knew that this was a once in a lifetime experience for us, despite the fact that for him it is almost an everyday thing.


Malene Andersen, Denmark


We just completed the Jiankou to Mutianyu hike with Leo on Monday 15th of November 2010 and I wanted to say how wonderful the trip was - your sight mentions it will be the highlight of our staying China and it most certainly was.

It is a memory I will hold forever and while I found the hike challenging physically I cant imagine seeing the wall any other way. This 1 day hike was the only way to really see the wall.

Leo was fantastic .. very knowledge, friendly and his English was exceptional.

You really made our family trip once in a lifetime event - I will have no hesitation in recommending you to anybody.

Lana King
American Express International, Singapore


Thank you for an amazing experience and incredible day hiking the Jiankou to Mutianyu section of the Wall. Every part of the tour was fantastic - your courtesy and professionalism from the very first email through to being dropped off at our hotel after the day on the Wall made every moment enjoyable. In particular, I am emailing to praise our tour guide, Bill.

By sharing his vast knowledge of the Wall during our ride in and while hiking the wall, Bill make the journey even more interesting and enjoyable. Bill has a wonderfully positive attitude and was extremely helpful and encouraging during every minute of our trip. In addition to recommending the Great Wall Adventure Club to friends and colleagues, I have also recommended that they ask for Bill as a guide.

I'd like to say thank you again for making our experience absolutely incredible!

Melissa K. Siekierski
Ernst & Young. LLP



Hi. My husband and I really loved out Jainkou hiking tour at Great Wall with Justin. He was polite and knowledgeable and so accommodating!! Even carried my heavy backpack! Loved him and the driver too. Restaurant meal was lovely. My husband is a Journalist and is going to write about them and your tour service. We want to book you for Chendu in a few months. Thanks.


Paula Grecco and Michael Modzelewski



I am back in London after my Beijing trip. Just wanted to say that we had a great experience visiting the great wall. Justin was a fantastic guide, he gave us a lot of information on Beijing, China and of course the Great Wall. He was interesting, well spoken and made the day very memorable and enjoyable. I would not hesitate to recommend Great Wall Adventure and Justin to my friends and family.


Nayef, UK




We had a great time and Oliver was a great guide.  He was very knowledgeable about the history and answered all of our questions.  I would (and will on Trip Advisor) recommend him as a guide.  The day went very well and will be a great memory for life.  Thank you every much for your help. 


Michael Kohn, USA



I wanted to send a quick note of to say thank you for an amazing adventure. The entire day was perfect thanks to our tour guide, Bill. He was so knowledgeable about the wall’s different sections and history and he certainly made the experience fun and interesting. I will certainly recommend this excursion to friends and family and I will be certain they ask for Bill for an outstanding experience!!! Thanks,

Mary Zabjek
Gartner | Healthcare



Thank you for providing the drivers. They are so courteous and pleasant, and willing to go the “extra mile”. It means a lot to me. Please give Mr. Ding and the other gentleman who drove me my sincere thanks.


Carol DelPropost, USA




Aaron was a great guide and filled us in on history of the Wall on the way. The Wall is spectacular and we were very glad to have Aaron to tell us what we were seeing and steer us in the right direction. 


Brian Brockette, USA




Our enjoyment of our trip to Chengdu and its sites were made all the more pleasurable by being accompanied for the whole time by such a knowledgeable guide as Liu Bin. His knowledge of the Chengdu region is phenomenal and also of many other regions of China, too. Both my 70 year old parents and my 12 year old daughter were kept entertained throughout the trip with his stories of the area and the many other places that he has also visited. In my opinion you could not find a more perfect companion for your travels in China.


Matthew, UK




Oliver was so VERY helpful in helping us resolve the issue. Always welcome, but even more so when it was almost 9pm and we were hungry and tired.

Jimmy was a fantastic guide. I do not know how often he has to guide a 4.5 year old around town - but he was SO good with our daughter - answering her questions, engaging her in the discussions, etc. Really went above and beyond which made the trip all the more enjoyable. Mr. Bai was also a great driver - we felt safe and well taken care of the entire time.


Tara Graham, USA




Oliver Zhao was the best tour guide we ever had! He was extremely knowledgable about the Great Wall, his Enlgish was great, and he was so much fun to be around on our 3 day private hike. The restaurants he took us to for each meal were all excellent and he made sure we ate enough. He made our first trip to the Great Wall one we will never forget. Thanks Oliver!


Brad Lojewski, USA




Cheney was absolutely phenomenal. He is incredibly knowledgeable, efficient, organized, personable, adaptable, unflappable, patient. I could go on. He knew instinctively that we were looking for a local experience and found restaurants and sites tailored perfectly to our wishes. The pace he set on the hike was perfect for our group and he made sure we did only what we were able and comfortable to do. He is a true treasure.


We were also very happy to have Peter along. He and Teresa worked well together and because of him Teresa, except for a day and half rest due to a head cold, was able to do the entire trek.


Bill Anderson, USA



We had a fantastic one-day tour of the Museum of Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.  Our guide, Daniel, was all we could hope for; he was there to meet us when the overnight train arrived; displayed an immense wealth of knowledge about the site; and was very pleasant and entertaining throughout the day. 

I highly recommend this tour and this guide.


Michael Connolly, Canada




I must compliment Mr Seah's professionalism and efficacy in getting us to all the destinations on time. He is a good and safe driver with a very pleasant attitude. Thank you for the good selection.
Please convey our compliments to Mr Seah.


Caroline Yeo, Singapore




I had a fantastic tour last month with Great Wall Adventure Club. Our tour guide, Cheney Wu, really put a lot of effort into making all of us happy. He came up great alternatives when our scheduled tour was interrupted by First Lady, Michelle Obama's presence on the section of the Great Wall we were supposed to see. Highly recommend Great Wall Adventure Club and our tour guide, Cheney Wu.


Kunlun Yao, Hong Kong




The Park Plaza is a comfortable place to stay. The breakfast was excellent. Erick X. was an accomplished guide that I would recommend to anyone. Our driver was professional and always on time. Your staff made this "trip of a lifetime" possible for me. Can't imagine doing it on my own.


Fred Riddle, USA




I cannot say enough about Cheney. He was knowledgeable and responsive to every situation. When my plans had to change he instantly replanned the trip to make the most of my time. He could have easily and been justified in just sticking with the plan for the next two days, but Instead he took the effort to maximize the time available. He was also pleasant company. I would recommend him without qualification.


Andy Durham, USA




Thank you for your help in arranging our hike. My husband and I had an amazing time. Aaron was very smart, the driver was on time and super friendly. Most of all - that route was unforgettable. I am posting on tripadvisor right now.


Kelly Calabrese, USA



I wanted to take a moment to thank you so much for asking Oliver to be my tour guide on these two tours. He is very knowledgeable, which I would expect from any competent tour guide. In addition he is very enthusiastic and obviously very much enjoys and takes pride in escorting his guests. He was a lot of fun to be with and I very much enjoyed our time together. Oliver is an excellent tour guide and brings honor to The Great Wall Adventure company. Also, I also very much appreciated our driver who, although he spoke no English, was very friendly.

I will most definitely recommend your company to my friends who might travel to China, and hopefully will visit there again someday soon.

C. Russo, USA


Aaron did a fantastic job guiding us for 4 days on the wall. He was very informative and fun to talk with.

Joy was our tour guide in Xian. Joy also did a fantastic job and was very knowledgeable. Joy went above and beyond what a guided needed to do as she actually rode to the airport with us to make sure we got checked in okay.

A big thank you to both Aaron and Joy for making my trip to China - a trip of a lifetime. A trip that was fun but also a great learning experience!

Theresa (Teri) Hamer, USA


Aaron was a fantastic guide. He was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and pleasant. His command of English was great, and he was very informative about local geography and Chinese history. He was very sensitive to my dietary restrictions (vegetarian) and worked with the various restaurants to make sure I was able to get the food I needed. He was also flexible in adjusting the itinerary since I had some knee problems during the middle of the trip. The driver Mr. Bai was relatively new, and while pleasant, was not as flexible as Aaron. They worked out everything that had to be worked out. All in all, it was quite a memorable trip, and I've already recommended Aaron and the Company to my client who makes frequent trips to China. I hope we'll be able to sign up for another adventure soon! Many thanks.

Adam E., USA


I am emailing to say thank you so much for the warm welcome we had in Beijing. I was very impress with Jack and the driver. Travelling with a child can be quite challenging but Jack made it easier for us. They really went out of their way by finding us KFC or a western toilet. I would definitely book a tour with this company again, it was worth every cent, please thanks Jack and the driver for being patient and awesome people!! Thanks again.

Rebecca, Leana and Summer:), New Zealand


I just wanted to let you know that I had an incredible day hiking the Wall. Jack was so wonderful and the other two people you arranged for me to go with were so nice. The route was spectacular!! Thank you again and I'll be certain to recommend your company to anyone I know traveling to Beijing!

Mary Birkhauser, USA



My Xian trip was excellent thank you, the guide was knowledgeable and very helpful. He guided us through the sites, without rushing us, but also ensured we kept on track. The hotel wasn't the hotel you informed us before the trip, but it was a nice hotel of a similar standard. The train tickets etc were excellent, and it was easy to catch the trains. The driver was good, and was the safest we felt in China as he didn't constantly honk the horn like everyone else! 

Katie Phillips, UK




I wanted to write a review for Oliver. He was THE BEST tour guide and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with him. Both Oliver and our driver were so kind to our family. Thank you so much for putting us with him!

Bonnie Porter, USA



My friend and I completed the 2day hiking/camping Great Wall trip in October this year. We had a fantastic time and would highly recommend this trip. Some parts of the hiking were quite challenging and I found myself very sore in the legs after, but once at the top the views of the Wall are amazing!!! We camped over night in a watch tower, which was a once in a life time opportunity. It was so quite and tranquil up there. We had a group of 6 which was just the right size. We all got along really well and it was great to meet some other travelers. We were served some delicious local cuisine at local restaurants, banquet style. These meals I have to say were some of the best meals I had on my 3 week visit to China. Very local and authentic.


It was great to see the UN-restored part of the wall on the first day, and the restored part on the second day. You can really see the difference in the 2. Our tour guide was Danny - he was FANTASTIC!!! He was very knowledgeable about the history of the Wall. It was really good to hear lots of interesting facts along the way, especially while stopping to catch your breathe LOL. Danny was also very good in keeping us informed on what was happening next and how far we had come and still had to go. He was also understanding when we needed to take a break to sit down or take photos. Overall this 2 day hiking/camping adventure was amazing and I would highly recommend it. :)

Visited October 2013

Sarah Harper, Australia


As we have never rated anyone on Trip Advisor before, we were unaware that you would get a copy of the feedback. As such, we wanted to write personally and let you know that we were absolutely impressed with the service we received while in Beijing and touring with your company. After the initial mistake on day one, we were very pleased with the sincere apology and effort to rectify the situation.

Cheney was just fantastic as a guide, both through the 7 days hiking and on our day around the city. His grasp of the English language was commendable and his teaching of the Chinese language to us was great and a lot of fun. His historical knowledge was great and very interesting. Of course the hike on the Great Wall was absolutely amazing and Cheney made it fun; nothing was too much trouble and we were never rushed or pushed for time. The food on the trip was fresh and beautiful, and the local owners of the home stays should be commended on this, along with their friendliness. We were always made to feel welcome and nothing was a problem to them. All in all, this was one of our most favorite treks ever, so thank you for all of your efforts leading up to our arrival and throughout the trip; you can be proud of the people you have working for you they are great service providers!

The day of the tombs was great! We had actually met Danny briefly during the week at one of the accommodation places where he had other clients also, so that was nice, as you get used to your guide after 7 days and build a bit of a rapport with them, so I was a bit sad to leave Cheney. Danny was great, his english was pretty easy to understand and his history knowledge was also extensive, he is clearly a bit of a history buff! He was a great guide and very accommodating. We were not hungry at the end of the tour, so he waited until we got back to the city before stopping for lunch, we had a nice lunch, then he dropped us where we wanted to go shopping and explained with a map how to find our way back to the hotel from there; this was very helpful, as it was a little daunting for us getting around the city (coming from a much less crowded and busy place ourselves). Please tell Danny thanks for a great day! All in all, the entire trip was fantastic, in no small part to your help and organisation. The whole thing was enjoyable and a great learning experience for the both of us. We have been given a few ideas for a return trip by both guides, so may just come back with our two girls and try a Tibet trip or something. If we do, we will definitely be back in touch. Also, we have a great company here which we do a lot of treks through. They are keen to know about our trip with you and are always looking for companies to work with overseas who are reliable and fit with their style of travel. Would you mind if we pass on your details to them, as we think your company would be a good fit for them also?

Deanne & Raymond Sinclair, Australia


Our trip yesterday with Oliver was so wonderful. I cannot begin to show my appreciation for his patience, knowledge and good humor. The trip was perfect in every way. The hike was magnificent, the meal was wonderful and even the transport was just fine in spite of traffic. Oliver was a fantastic guide from start to finish. He knows a lot of Chinese history of the Wall and seems very proud of his heritage. He has a terrific command of English, made even more sweet by his wonderful sense of humor. I wish we had more time to do more trips with your organization,

Sarah Smedley and Tim Cole, USA


I want to express my satisfaction with the various items your company put together for my tour of Xi'an. I liked the hotel very much and the tours were good. I will definitely recommend you to others.

Eric Lund, USA


We walked the Jiankou-Mutianyu and Gubeikou-Jinshanling with our guide Jack. Although the weather was not good it was a great experience, especially the night in tents in the watchtower with heavy rain, thunder and lightning- so amazing.

Charlotte Winding, Denmark


Thank you for organising my recent trek. It was a great experience and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the hiking.

Please also pass along my sincere appreciation to my guide, Cheney Wu. As I'm sure you already know, Cheney was a fantastic guide and made the journey that much more enjoyable for me. He went well out of his way to accommodate my every need. He was friendly and polite and genuinely good company, especially as I was trekking on my own.

Cheney is a passionate history buff and was very knowledgeable about the history and geography of the Wall. I learned a great deal simply by listening to what he had to say each day. He is a terrific ambassador for your company.

Steven Horne, Australia


Danny was the most amazing guide. Mr Wang was a brilliant driver. The tour exceeded all our expectations and I don't doubt for one minute that we could've fit in any more brilliant experiences, spectacular views and mouth-watering food in just three days. As a group we would have no hesitation to recommend the tour, and most importantly our Great Wall Adventure team to anyone wanting to visit. Thank you so much! It was just brilliant.

Nicola Piercy, Hannah Sulley, Hannah Walmsley and Matt Kirk, UK & USA



Love Great Wall Adventure Club! Had an awe-inspiring two-day Wild Wall hike with Oliver. Wow!"


Jacqueline Hanley, USA


We just loved having Aaron in charge of our tour! He had very good English and he helped us with some of our Chinese. I know I will never mispronounce Hangzhou again! Or Guangzhou! He did a really good job at the Forbidden City explaining so much in detail.

But the best part of having Aaron is that he was so patient with us. I was sure I could hike the Great Wall (I'm 73). He was able to tell what my strength was like in 20 minutes of doing a prehike, and we both agreed that because of the heat and the condition of the wall, we would make other arrangements. He had to get the driver in on this--and he did manage to do that.

So, we hiked up at Jinshanling for the prehike (and down). We had a good and generous supper before we headed up about 20 minutes by van to our overnight hike up to the General's Tower. That was our second hike up. Aaron and my son, Mike, did a little hiking before "bedtime." The porters set up the tents, and put out the sleeping pads and the sleeping bags. Everything was clean and perfect. We slept well and the porter was there with breakfast in the morning.

Then Aaron and Mike, my granddaughter and I hiked a new section down until Aaron and Mike split off for their long hike. My granddaughter and I walked down and met a driver who took us back to the Jinshanling cable cars. Wow! And it was Aaron who laid this hike out for us. We went up in the cable cars and hiked on the restored section of the Wall until we found our going down point. It was a great hike.
Our driver met us, and Aaron and Mike had just come down from their hike. We even found time for lunch once we got back to Beijing.

Aaron was the greatest. But the best was his planning and his patience. Thank you for a memorable adventure.

Donna Gorski, USA


I wanted to take a moment to compliment our guide, Danny Shi. We will be heading back to the USA tomorrow after a side trip to Xi'an. The whole trip has been great but our Great Wall hike will be one of the highlights. Danny was knowledgable and engaging. He was also a lot of fun. I would recommend him without hesitation. Thank you for providing a great experience.

Paul Barbadoro, USA


Wow! What a fantastic experience. Hiking for three days on the "wild wall" was an experience of a lifetime! I would recommend the trip 3ab to anyone in reasonably good shape who likes adventure. The hikes were indeed challenging but for the most part away from the hoards of tourists with unbelievable vistas. Aaron was phenomenal as a guide. His perspectives and knowledge were very impressive. He didn't overwhelm you with too much information (especially when you were climbing up steep portions) yet knew when to engage in discussions about the history of the wall. His English was great. He is really a valuable contributor to your company. Thanks to Vivian who didn't miss a beat in responding to emails and helping plan the trip. Our driver was great too especially at meals when we needed something done. Words cannot adequately express my sincere thanks to your entire team. I've travelled and hiked around the world and this ranks as one of my finest adventures. Thank you so much!!!!

Grant Snyder, USA


Thank you so much for providing such great service during my time in Beijing. The drivers yesterday and today were so professional and quite accommodating. I appreciate your help and will certainly contact you next time I come to China, and will recommend you to colleagues.

Carol D., USA


Brilliant tour, highly recommended. Nice to explore the unrestored parts of the wall and be the only tourist there! Thanks so much for a great trip :)

Kristy Carstairs,


Just wanted to let you know that my tour was exactly what I wanted and more!
It exceeded my expectations!
We barely saw any other people on the " wild section" of the wall, and it was a nice mix of wild and restored wall, with the majority being wild.
The hiking was great!
I had to "earn" my wall which was great, and i was rewarded by amazing views and very few tourists.
Danny was very knowledgeable, professional and a good sport for taking 1000 photos of me!
I'm so glad a sprung for the extra cost, it was worth every penny!

Lauren Jefferis, USA


We booked our private tours through your company and have nothing but praise for your company.

Vivian was a delight to deal with throughout the planning process (which took a few months) and I cannot thank her enough for all her assistance and advice. She responded extremely promptly (even on weekends!).

We wanted to do a tour that is generally done over 2 days in 1 day and Vivian happily accommodated this request for us (even though it was not something the company did). This tour ended up being one of the best things we did in China.

ll our tour guides were friendly and informative. Our favourite guides were definitely Arron from Luoyang and Fran from Shanghai, who gave us an insight into everyday life in Luoyang and Shanghai, which are experiences we will never forget.

The drivers were polite and friendly and loaded our luggage in the car without any complaints or hesitation.

The one thing I thoroughly enjoyed about having private tours was that we skipped the shopping stops and could finish up when we felt like it. It did not feel like we were rushed and got to see all the sites at our own pace.

Overall I would highly recommend Great Wall Adventure Club to anyone wanting to do tours in China.

I would like to congratulate Vivian and the team from Great Wall Adventure Club for doing a spectacular job.

Thank you for making our experience in China an enjoyable one.

Tina Cheng, Australia


The tour was amazing, and definitely more than we expected. Walking through a local village, and hiking to the wall, and then finally seeing the old part of the wall was a once in a lifetime experience. I would highly recommend this tour and Cheney to anyone. Thank you for making this trip memorable and so easy to book and get to and from.

Katrina Whittenberg, USA


We had a wonderful time in Beijing. Anson was fantastic and all of your drivers and guides are amazing. It was overall more than we could have hoped for. We will recommend your company to all of our friends.

Bryna Kaplan, Canada


Although there was a little blip with the airport pick-up, we had an absolutely fabulous trip and wonderful experience all along the way. From the first inquiry to the post-trip follow-up, the Great Wall Adventure Club was extremely professional and easy to work with. I loved every bit of our adventure and would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a different experience along the Great Wall. Thank you for all of your assistance.

Jarrett Jackson, USA


Just wanted to thank you for all your and Joe's efforts on our 2 day hike. we had an amazing time and Joe was an excellent guide. The hike was hard work! but definitely worth the effort. The accommodation and food were excellent, indeed some of the nicest food we had in China!

I was also VERY impressed with the communication I received about the hike during the booking and the lead up to the event. Your office were extremely efficient in rearranging the hike due to poor weather and really reliable in their oganisation.

Again, thanks for the experience! We already recommended you to another traveler we met in China. Hopefully he got in contact with you and booked something

Paul Keylock, UK and US


It was great to see a mix of the restored and more "wild" sections of the wall and to get away from the major crowds (we had the wall to ourselves for much of the day). It was also a relief not to be taken on any unwanted shopping or factory detours. The dinner provided at the end of the day was also excellent. All in all one very much one of the highlights of our trip.

Dan Meadows, UK


I would like to send a note of THANKS to your company and especially Mr Cheney Wu.

We had the most amazing experience on the Great Wall and Mr Cheney was amazing with our children ages 7,9,and 12. The food he chose at our meals was some of the best we had on our whole Asia trip through 4 countries.

The children had such a great time and he was extremely respectful, fun, knowledgeable, and we will forever be thankful for the experience he shared with us. I could not believe that we had the whole Great Wall to ourselves , on the first day there was not one other person to be seen. I also want to thank our driver who made us feel very safe in our travels. I will highly recommend you to anyone we know that will be going to China and I hope Mr. Cheney will be their guide too.

NEXT - I cannot say enough great things about Betty(Du Xiao Hong)- who was our guide in Beijing. She has such extensive knowledge- she had the children engaged all the time and I am so impressed with all the information they actually retained from her teaching us. She is a warm, caring guide that made our time in Beijing very special- and too short. We look forward to growing the friendship that was started with Betty. She is by far - the reason we will return to Beijing one day. Our Driver Mr Chen- was so amazing in how he got us around Beijing in the traffic and the long hours he had to put in to take us all the places we had to go- we are so thankful to him- please pass on our thanks again.

Our guides in Xian and Shanghai we good as well and accommodated our schedule to get to all the sites we wished to see .

We cannot say thank you enough for the ease of our travelling experience because of how well coordinated it was.

We continue to share our adventures with friends and tell them that when they travel to China they must use your company.

Thank you and all the best.

Sherri Hunchak, Canada


My wife and I would like to thank the Great Wall Adventure Club for a great day on the wall. Our guide Wei Yong was respectful, competent, personable and knowledgeable. He did an outstanding job. We will recommend the club to any of our friends and colleagues who plan to visit China.

Edward Horowitz, USA


These tours were fantastic! I was traveling alone and always felt safe and well informed with my tour guides. The tour bus always picked me up on time at my hotel. The guides were always friendly and could answer any question I had thought of about the city/culture. On my second tour, many of the stops were not your typical tourist things and it was phenomenal! We were able to see and experience much of Beijing without so many crowds. All in all, if I go back to this bustling city with my husband, we will definitely be booking with Great Wall Adventure!

Danielle Murray, Canada


Barry was excellent - kind, polite, and informative. Our only complaint is that, leaving the hotel so early in the morning, and being a student group, the students weren't that interested in hearing SO much information on the bus. Perhaps the 'history lesson' content could be chopped down (made more concise) for an adolescent audience, especially when the PA system is acting up.

Aside from this, Barry endeared himself very well to the group and we were all happy to have him a part of our journey!

Meredith, Canada


We loved the tour and had an amazing experience. It was great to see the wall without running into other hikers or tourists. The only thing that frustrated our group was that it took over 3 hours to get to Jinshanling and we were told 2. I know that traffic will always be an issue, but I think it bothered some people in our group. Luckily once we got to the wall all thoughts of travel disappeared! I've already recommended this company to my friends! Thanks for an amazing day! Barry was awesome!

Angelina Jerbasi, USA


We just got back from our China vacation. I was a bit skeptical at first about the arrangements my wife had made for our last 4 days in China, all done via internet, and paid for by cheque.

I was very pleasantly surprised to find that everything worked out as planned. "Hank" met us at the Sofitel in Xi'an (we did the first part of our China trip with Marathon Travel, an outfit that does packages for the Great Wall marathon) exactly at the specified time, with an excellent driver. He clambered up Huashan with us (most of the peaks), then got us on our soft sleeper. He set us up with a great lunch at a local restaurant. The overnight train to Pingyao worked well. "Jonathan" was there at the train station ready for us. Jonathan did a great job showing us Pingyao then on to the Hanging Temple, Qiao compound, and Buddha caves. He put us on the day "hard sleeper" to Beijing. Jonathan also got us set up with good lunches.

Hank and Jonathan were great. The drivers also were good.

I will not hesitate to recommend Great Wall Adventure to my colleagues in the future. We really appreciated the individual attention we got. It was a nice change from the big tour group we we a part of for the first bit of our China adventure.

Lynne, Rebecca, Henry, Virginia from Australia


I had a good tour of the Beijing sights on Friday and of the Great Wall on Saturday with Connie .

The wild wall was spectacular as advertised! It was sunny but cold climbing up but we had a great day for weather and not many people until we got towards the restored portion of the wall. Today is Thursday and my legs are still recovering from the long downhill walk :-) . I wonder if Connie is sore too?

Thanks again for putting the tours together on short notice and for providing such a knowledgeable and pleasant guide as Connie! If I need a tour on a return to Beijing I will be sure to contact your firm

Guy Impey, Canada


I would just like to thank you all for an amazing trip last week with your team. It was out of this world and really an enjoyable experience. I would not hesitate to recommend you to my friends. I am still amazed at the wall and China in general, I will be back, thanks again Peter.

Peter Batty, Canada


I just wanted to write to let you know what a fantastic time I had trekking on the Great Wall. Aaron was a GREAT guide! He was extremely knowledgeable and really fun to trek with. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a knowledgeable English speaking guide.

Pamela, England


Mindy provided good information about the sites and lots more about life in Beijing. Being a historian I really enjoyed the chance to uncover what Beijing was like in older days. This also gave me a chance to visit some of the sites that are harder to reach by walking or subway. Everything went well and the treasure hunt at Lake Shichahai was fun. I'm glad that the tour had real informational content and didn't divert attention to shopping.

Eric Lund, Professor of Religion, USA


Hi Vivian,

Good day to you!
I am writing to express how pleased my friend and I are with our experience using your Great Wall Adventure tour package during our stay in Beijing. Our guide during the day, Jacky, was very professional and approachable, and had a vast knowledge of the Chinese history. It was an enriching and rewarding experience listening to him.
It was a fantastic experience, and we will definitely in the future recommend your company to our friends and relatives visiting the Great Wall.

Once again, thank you very much!

Cheryl Lim, Singapore


Hi - I very much enjoyed the hike, and I especially liked the tour guides, Journey and Jerry. I would just suggest that in the future, make sure people who are interested in this rustic section know that there will be some difficult stretches to navigate, so one needs to be in good shape and somewhat fearless. Look at the pic below - one has to do a little rock climbing - well, rock descending - to get down this section. Still, I liked it a lot, and especially because there were so few people on the wall in this area.

Renee Twombly, USA


I wanted to take a moment and let you know that Connie did a wonderful job on our tour last week. We had a great time and my kids just loved her. I am attaching a picture for Connie - please pass this along to her if you feel it's appropriate. Please tell her thank you for us. Also, let me know if you ever need any recommendations - we were highly satisfied with our tour experience.

Julie Ward, USA


Hi Michael,

You are so kind! What a lovely gift and Steven loves it! Thank you so much.

Wei Yong, I hope you know that we really enjoyed having you as our guide. You are so knowledgeable, professional, fun and energetic! Just the right characteristics ideal for a guide! You are the best and I am happy to recommend you to friends.

Anyway, please let me know if there's anything I can do for you.

Best regards,
Susan Pieper-Bailey, USA


We have just finished our trek and Beijing City Tour and I wanted to thank you for a great trip. We enjoyed ourselves very much. Of course the main thing is to have a good guide and Cheney was excellent. We have no complaints at all. he set the walking pace well. He knew the history. He knew people we met. He chose good routes and good walks, ordered good food, spoke good English and made our trip a success. We enjoyed his company and our time with him. Thank you. You can use him as a guide in your company with full confidence.

I would also like to mention the driver. We knew him as Shi Fu. He was also first rate. While he spoke no English, he had a good smile, was always on time, found the best places to drop and meet us, drove well in difficult traffic and was an excellent driver. Although we could not speak to each other we enjoyed our time with him.

Thanks for a great trip. We will have no hesitation to recommend you and your company in the future.

Graeme Blackwood, USA


Thank you Terrance for all of your help. You and your company have done a great job for us and gone beyond what we would expect. Thanks for making our trip so much smoother.

Warren Payne, Canada


As promised I would let you know how the trip to Huanghuacheng was.

I'm very pleased with how everything worked out. Your tour guide, Journey, was pleasant and professional, even if it was her first time. Her English is quite good and she has a good sense of humor. The second female guide with a beautiful Chinese name, was also good. Her English was good. And she was also very knowledgeable about this part of the wall. I'm very sorry that I didn't catch her name, but she is a good tour guide.

The tour is very interesting though at times somewhat challenging, due to the state of some parts of the wall. The tour can be done by young people with an good physical condition. We had a nice little group of likeminded people so that was great. The wall itself is beautiful and thankfully not overrun by tourists. Our lunch was good. All in all this trip was excellent value for money. Thank you very much

Jan Willem Schaper, Netherlands


Hi Vivian

Our Great Wall Hike was a fantastic adventure.
Connie was excellent and it was great to have her around for the day.

Gunjan, Australia


Thanks for all your help and thank you for your cell number, that's most helpful, and thank you to you and all your staff for all your professionalism shown to me this week so far, I am most appreciative.

I had the pleasure of spending the day today with your guide, Alan Lee today, and we had a brilliant day in Badaling and the Ming Tomb. Alan sorted out my Hotel also.

You are very lucky to have the guides with such talent as Connie, Mavis and Alan. I feel like I have a few new friends in Beijing, You, Connie, Mavis and Alan!!!

David Wilson, Ireland


Hello! My fiancé and I went on one of your private car trips with a guide. We started at Gubeikou and ended at jinshanling.htm on Monday, May 23. Our guide was Lin Quansong (English name "Bill") and our driver was Mr. Yao.
Lin was a FANTASTIC guide. He answered all our questions about the Great Wall and its history. He was patient when I wanted to stop to take photos (I have photos in an art gallery in the USA and love to take pictures).

Lin has a cheerful, positive attitude and was fun to hike with. I would HIGHLY recommend him as a guide; if I owned a travel business (I am a teacher), I would want guides like Lin Quansong to ensure my clients had the best experience possible with the tour. Thank you so much for assigning Lin Quansong as our guide. In addition, Mr. Yao was a careful driver and very friendly. :-) Thank you for reading my comments.

Beth Krueger, USA


I was part of a group of 14 that did the Great Wall camping hike on Nov 25th and 26th. I am writing to let the manager of the Beijing operation know how pleased the entire group was with Cheney Wu, our tour leader. He not only was a fun, excitable tour guide with a great sense of humor but he went above and beyond in make sure that we were appropriately accommodated for camping outside in the cold. He ordered two sleeping bags for each person and this was completely necessary for us to not freeze to death. We appreciate his foresight as we slept comfortably (well, as comfortable as anyone could in such cold weather!) and would not have been able to do so with just one sleeping bag. I would highly recommend Cheney to anyone wanting to hike and camp on the Great Wall. He was super patient, knowledgeable, and fun. Thank you for this amazing experience.

Christen, USA


I had a wonderful trip with Bill and Cheney (?), for the Ming Tomb and Great Wall hike. Both are wonderful and knowledgeable guide. The drivers are very friendly too and offered me advice on what to eat and where to go. Thanks !

Edmund Chan, Singapore


This tour was very good and Andrea took very good care of me. Allan was very personable and over the course of our conversation he indicated that he also knew about other things I wanted to do and offered his services as guide/companion for the next day as well as transfer to the airport. I was very pleased with Allan's ability and attention.

Linda Fenimore, USA


Thanks again for the spontaneous arrangement last week!

This is just to inform you that the tour with Cheney worked out very well. He even organised a donkey to get all the equipment etc. up on the wall where we stayed over night in tents. It was a good mixture of old/natural and rehabilitated/touristic parts of the wall.

To sum up: Well done! Thanks for your good organisation and excellent support!

Matthias, Germany


I am writing to let you know that we were very impressed with your organisation- we had a lovely holiday.

Lisa , (our tour guide), and our driver, in Kumming were exceptionally kind, friendly and helpful. hey were a pleasure to be with.

The tour of the caves and stone forest were particularly impressive, interesting, good exercise and fun.
Lisa and the driver also made the City tour a very interesting and an enjoyable day.
Their help at hotels, golf courses and the airport helped to make situations relaxed and comfortable.

Lyndsay, your tour guide in Hainan was also very helpful and friendly, and the City Tour made a pleasant day.

Thank you organising our holiday so well.

Warmest regards

Yvonne, UK


Hi All,

Well I am now back behind my desk and only have the memories & photographs of my time on The Wall.

However I wanted to pass on my thanks to all of you for your help in making it one of the most amazing trips I have taken.

From the prompt and courteous emails I have received to the Amazing Fun I have with Quansong on The Wall.

Quansong was great fun to Walk with a great knowledge of the history and dates about the wall and always full of energy. His fun attitude and great smile keep me entertained and motivated along the way!

I have already had colleagues asking about my trip and will have no hesitation about recommending Great Wall Adventure Club and Quansong to anyone.

Thanks all and I look forward to visiting again in the future.


David Wareh, USA


Wanted to write and let you know how much we enjoyed the trip before too much time has slipped by. Rarely do I deal with a contractor and feel so satisfied as I did with your and your co-workers' service.

Would've liked to have met but I'm guessing you're very busy. I picture you with the blue-tooth working all the time.

The service in Xi'an was especially exceptional. The train ride was an interesting experience. When we went to the station for the trip from Xi'an back to Beijing there was a dangerous situation with everyone trying to enter the station at once. Welcome to China. We made it fine.

I envy that Ricky as he is 33 years old and it seems he is getting in a lot of globetrotting.

We went to a restaurant, believe it was named DaDong, for Peking duck. Dinner was around US $50. It was OK, a little short on duck. Few days later we bought half a duck from a food stall on the street for about US $2. It was delicious. It had been cooked over a charcoal fire.

I have recommended to everyone I have talked to about my vacation.

Thank-you for the excellent experience. We may be in touch again.

Al & Dang Ritcher, USA


I and my family would like to thank you for arranging a great trip for us. Everything was perfect - the transfers, tours and of course the accommodation.

Please pass our regards to Connie – she is a wonderful guide and also was very helpful in accommodating our requests during the trip.

Sivaramakrishna Komperla, India


Just want to say I really enjoyed my hike of The Wall, and lunch, today! We were lucky we had good weather -- and no snakes! Ha. The other two guests were very nice, and Gerry was a great guide -- super-nice guy, very good English, and knowledgeable. I can finally say I've been to The Wall. Yay! It was so impressive. Hopefully I can see more of it another time.

Thanks so much for all your help!

Lauren Swartz, USA

Thanks so much for a really great trip to China. All of your arrangements worked like clock work. I appreciate
the use of the phone and especially the fact that you stayed in close contact with me.

My travels around the world have affirmed for me that people are basically good and caring. All of my guides were outstanding in every way and I would be happy to welcome all of you into my home at any time.

I had one minor mishap when I returned and was driving back to my home from Houston. A very large bird slammed into my windshield totally shattering the windshield and peppering me with glass. I survived just fine but it was scary. My family joked that I went all the way to China without a single incident and then got attacked by a bird at home. HA!

Anna Fisher, USA


Just to say thank you for a wonderful trip. Everything was very well organised.

The guides and drivers were fantastic. In particular, Cathy’s English is excellent, and her stories entertaining, and Jo is incredibly welcoming, flexible, and friendly.

I have already recommended your company to my friends and families, and will continue to do so as more people ask me how the trip was.

Marylou, Australia


I just wanted to tell you what a WONDERFUL time me and my two friends had during our hike along the Great Wall last Wednesday, June 27. The hike was gorgeous, certainly one of the highlights of our trip to Beijing! I also wanted to mention how much we loved our tour guide June. She was SO knowledgeable and friendly, and we really enjoyed spending time with her. Thanks again for your expert coordination in making things go so smoothly, especially with the last minute change of plans due to the rain. If I am ever in Beijing again, I will contact you to schedule another hike!

Carol Han, USA


I just wanted to thank your organization for being so accommodating to my friend today. She had an awesome day, and it was made that much better because you were able to pick her up and arrange for her transportation at the end of the day. I think that sort of thing can be pretty stressful for newcomers to Beijing (especially when they only landed 8 hours earlier). Thanks so much for everything! I'll certainly recommend your group to other visitors and friends.

Sarah, American working in Beijing


Tom was excellent. Went beyond expectation, showed knowledge of City and Country and understanding of his client's needs. Owen was also very good.

Richard Donald, USA


My son and I thoroughly enjoyed our hike despite it being during the hottest days Beijing had experienced since 1951. The parts of the wall hiked were spectacular and we were very grateful for the isolation and the lack of other tourists. Our guide was fantastic and was very patient with me especially as the heat slowed me down.

Robyn Enderlin, Australia


Leo was a fantastic guide. He was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the tour. Everything was great.

Sara, USA


I made the trip, which was awesome, thanks again! Also our guide Jon was very nice, we definitely had a good time discovering the great wall because of your company and his assistance!

Dominique Lagloire, living in Japan


Hi there, I just wanted to thank you for making the arrangements for our trip to Beijing. Our guide Haze and our driver (sorry but we didn't catch his name so well) were really excellent and looked after us very well. I would like to recommend your company to anyone I know who is travelling to Beijing in the future. I will complete the customer satisfaction form when back in the UK which will be in a couple of weeks. Thanks again!

Sarah Westbarn, UK


Now that we are back home in Australia, I wanted to write and tell you how much we enjoyed our trek on the Great Wall. It was one of the best experiences we have ever had. Other than 3 other people in the distance, we had the Wall to ourselves. It was magical. The sunset was amazing.

Whilst it took us longer than most to do the trek, our Guide Eve was patient and encouraging. Such was Eve's support and friendship whilst undertaking the trek, my Mother and I felt we were doing it with an old friend!

Please pass on our thanks and regards to Eve and we hope that when we come back she will be available to take us again.

We will also recommend your tour to friends and family considering travelling to China.

Vanessa Barnes, Australia


I found this tour company the best in terms of tour guide ability to explain and speaking English as well as help during tour, transport facility was also very nice. I found no difficulty during this tour and enjoyed a lot. I am very much satisfied from your service and have recommended your company to some of my other colleagues who also wanted to visit great wall.

Mahmood, Pakistan


Thank you for your organisation of Tours, Transfers and Accommodation. I will definitely recommend your website and travel information to any of my friends or colleagues travelling to China.

The driver was good and the airport pickup was simple and easy, the tour guide, Tom, was punctual, service was excellent, he was friendly and helpful and provided a lot of useable information, including about using the subways, which I then did over the next few days.

The hotel in Shanghai was of a very good standard and the service was great.

Nicole, Australia


I apologize that it has taken so long since my hike to send this along, but I just returned to the U.S. last week and have been trying to catch up on everything following my two weeks in China.

However, I wanted to be sure to send a note to the Great Wall Adventure Club to say THANK YOU! I had an amazing time on our hike from Jinshanling to Simatai on March 29. It was easily the highlight of my trip and I could not have had a better (or more exhausting) time. The experience was amazing and I cannot thank your organization enough.

I also wanted to send a special thanks to our guide Judy, who was equally awesome. She was very knowledgeable and was accommodating to everyone in the group. I am not sure if it is possible, but if you could provide me with her email I would love to send her a personalized thank you. I certainly understand if you cannot share that information. And, if that is the case, please send her my thanks. I would greatly appreciate it.

Again, thank you so much to your organization and to Judy. The Great Wall hike was definitely the highlight of my trip to China and should any of you find yourselves traveling to Washington, DC, I would be happy to return the favor!

Trevor Clark, Washington D.C., USA


We are home safely, and busy with cutting grass and sorting photographs. Doreen has done a huge heap of washing!

We were enormously pleased to meet you, and especially to meet Mrs Yang. It made the whole trip much more personal, and we appreciate it very much.

I must comment on the young man who was our guide in Beijing. Apart from being a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide, his concern to help us when we had the problem at the airport was exemplary. After all, the problem was my fault - though I am sure Qatar Airways used my non-confirmation as a cheaper alternative than simply saying the flight was overbooked. Andy treated us as though we were members of his family, and stayed with us until everything possible had been done to find us a bed for the night and to make sure we would be on the next plane.

All the guides did everything they could to make our visit to China a success, and we owe you a big debt of gratitude for the way you organised everything, especially at such short notice when we could not go to Tibet.

Thank you again. We wish you success in this Olympic year.

Please pass on our best wishes to Mrs Yang,


Frank and Doreen, Australia


Thank you for a most enjoyable tour! Ms. Aggie is an exceptional tour guide, and she was most knowledgeable, attentive and helpful. Mr. Wong is a very skilled and very prompt driver. Both Ms. Aggie and Mr. Wong worked very hard to ensure the success of our tour.

This tour far exceeded my every expectation. The next time I travel to Beijing, I believe that I will take the tour once again. My thanks to Great Wall Adventure Club and their outstanding employees, Ms. Aggie and Mr. Wong.

Jim Lessner, USA


Dear Club,

I'm writing to let you know how much our group enjoyed our hike last week. Both our driver and Cheney our guide were courteous and professional. Cheney was an excellent guide and happy to answer all our questions. Thanks again for helping us see the Great Wall this way.

Barbara Cohen, USA



Back from our trip to Asia I just wanted to express my satisfaction with the trip to the great wall and particularly our tour guide Cheney.

Cheney did a great job in making those two days a great experience. He was very flexible to accommodate our needs.

I can fully recommend him.

Fabrice Braun, Switzerland


Hi Terrance,

Had a great time on the hike and Haze did a great job explaining the wall as well as keeping us safe... It was a great tour and Haze did an excellent job... Thank you for your help setting up these tours!

Charles Choomngern, USA


Dear Sophie,

We had such as good time in China with you. We will never forget you and all the amazing things you taught us.

We had thought of you many times since we left China. We wanted to send these photos to you of our time in China. We talk about all of the amazing things we saw with you.

We miss you!

The Brewsters - Amy, Joel, Toby and Sierra


We had an amazing time during our Great Wall hike. Our guide was Michael Wei and he was a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable about the history of the Great Wall and China, spoke English very well and we enjoyed spending the day with him. We would definitely recommend the Great Wall Adventure Club! Thanks for the great experience.

Jason Marcus, USA


We just want to let you know how delighted we were with our tour. Our tour guide Summer was excellent! She was extremely knowledgeable about Chinese history and culture, spoke excellent English, and was very attentive to our questions and needs, including holding on to us on the icy slopes of the Great Wall. Her bubbly personality helped make our day on the tour one we will never forget. Thank you!

Jeff and Rose Hetrick, USA


"remerciements et envoi de photos muraille de chine

Thank's for this great day we spend with you on the great wall, fantastic feeling, very good organization, thanks a lot to Bruce , our tour guide.

I send you 10 photos about the small group composed of Zac,Robine, Colette,Bruce and me during this one-day hiking on 05/19, 2008."

Ange Baron, France


"We are now back in Manila. Thank you for the wonderful tours your company has provided us while we were in Beijing. We enjoyed them very much. We hope to come back to Beijing in the future.

Please extend our heartfelt thanks to our superb tour guides -- Alan, Frank, Dillon, and most especially to Cris!

We will surely refer you to our friends who will also go to Beijing."

Erwin Salaveria, Phillipines


Hi Terrence,

Thanks so much for setting up a great tour. We had a wonderful week with Sophia. I will enthusiastically recommend your service to my friends! By the way, can you send me Sophia's address so that we can send her a thank you card? Thanks, Joel.

Joel & Amy, USA


"This was a great and professional service from start to finish. I was going to be making my third trip to the Great Wall with a friend so I wanted to see a section I hadn't seen before. I found Great Wall Adventure Club just by doing a search on Google and was very happy with the experience. I booked a 1 day hiking trek from Jinshanling to Simatai which was a definitely not a cake-walk but beautiful. Our guide, Mao, was very cool and knowledgeable about every section of the wall. Even when we asked off-the-wall questions (no pun intended) he always had an answer. With a trans-pacific staff they were able to answer my emails at all hours and right away and they can book tours in all parts of China. They helped me with a Xi'an tour as well which I didn't end up booking b/c we didn't have time for it. Their prices are very reasonable and the best part about GWAC is that I got the feeling from them that they really had my best interest in mind instead of trying to "upsell" different tours to make a higher profit.

After having this great experience with the Wall I wouldn't hesitate to book one of their Tibet hiking treks or Yangtze/Three Gorges tours. "

Nicole, USA


"I just wanted to write and say that we had a wonderful experience hiking and sleeping on the Great Wall. Cheney was our guide and he was fantastic. We had a lot of fun with him. The food and the service were also excellent. It was an amazing experience and I'm so glad that we chose the Great Wall Adventure Club to be our guide."


Ryan and Carrie, USA


"When my 13 year old son learned we may visit the Great Wall on our trip to China, his request was to go when there wouldn't be crowds of people. My trip to the section at Badaling 10 years ago was crowded, and I was sure it wasn't the Great Wall experience he wanted. An internet search led me to your website and a day hike from Jinshanling to Simatai looked like the perfect solution. And it was! When we arrived at the Wall around 9 AM, we were the only people there. It was fantastic! The view of the Wall snaking in both directions, with not another sole in site
was truly breathtaking. We hiked for 5 hours and probably saw another 20 tourists that day. Fernando, our guide, was the best. His English was great, and we enjoyed his insight into the history of the Wall and daily life in China. We took several bottles of water each, and a picnic lunch. Sitting on the Wall, sharing a meal, with the mountains
surrounding you, you have time to actually pinch yourself to make sure you're not dreaming. After our hiking challenge, we chose to end the trip with a zip line down. Our day on the Wall was the highlight of our two weeks in China. If you're looking for an outdoor adventure that can captivate anyone of any age, I highly recommend this trip!"

Tiffany Willard
Circulation Manager
Points North Magazine


Thanks much for giving us the opportunity for a spectacular hike on the Great Wall! We really enjoyed the time spent with our guide, Cheney. He was very personable and his knowledge of the history of the Wall was very beneficial. I would recommend your company without reservation to anyone considering a visit to one of the world’s treasures. By the way, I don’t know the name of our driver but his driving skills are exceptional. The drive to and from the Wall was almost as much fun as the hike!

Allan Bloom, USA


I just wanted to comment on the hike we recently took with your tour group on March 20th.

Lee was our guide and his was brilliant. Great language skills, we never had any difficultly understanding him throughout the tour. Very impressive knowledge of the great wall and the sections that we hiked as well.

The success of tours is very dependent, as you know, on the quality of the guides and we just wanted to pass on to you how great Lee was.

Ian, Canada


Sorry it took so long to send these pictures. We had some trouble with our camera storage but we managed to get a backup sent to us. Here are about 14 pictures of our hike. The hike was absolutely amazing under blue skies, and the tour was definitely the right choice. We saw our friends pictures of their trip to Badaling wall and it didn't even compare to our authenticate experience. Their pictures showed a newly rebuilt wall while our experience felt like we were standing on ancient history. It was the highlight of our 5 week trip. Our guide told very interesting stories along the way. The driver took very good care of us and even detoured past the Olympic stadium on the drive back to Beijing so that we could have a look at it. We were very glad to have chosen for our one in a lifetime adventure.

Ed, Canada


I want to thank you for your help in setting up my Great Wall hike of April 19. Upon arriving in Beijing I called Lisa and we chatted for a few minutes then Cheney called about 5 min. later. Cheney was my guide and was very competent. He kept the pace moving and was sensitive to my not doing this every day as well as his being twice my age. All went very well, if I could do that hike two or three times a week it would be a terrific and healthy activity. With considerably fewer visitors than Badaling I was most pleased. I visited Badaling in 1992 and it was very crowded. My fellow tour participants went to Badaling and described great crowds. With the unrestored nature, great vistas, fewer people and some good physical exercise, and history as related by Cheney it made for the highlight of my trip to China. I am indeed pleased that this was on the penultimate day of my China journey, it made the whole trip move at an upwards curve with JinShanLing to Simatai the top of the curve.

Thanks again for your help! Whenever possible I will recommend this to others who plan to travel to China.

Michael Merry, UK


We had the best time on the wall!!!! I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. Can you do me a favor? Our guide on the Great Wall was Lee. While there, a farmer was hand carving sketches in stone at Simatais ( the start of our tour, the end for others). If possible, I would like him to purchase 3 and mail it to me. I will gladly pay him for the item, trouble, and postage.

Wes, USA


We had an absolutely wonderful day with Michael. I don't have access to email now, so this is short, but we LOVED it. Thanks very much!!

Lynn, USA


Jonah and I are back in the USA .. with many fond memories of our two weeks and China.. and especially fine members of you all and the wonderful hospitality and assistance you gave to us.. You made our time in Beijing truly memorable.. Hope all of you are well.. and thank you again.. If any of you come to the States one day, please let us return the hospitality!!

Hank Marsh, USA


We are back from our magnificent trip to China. Just loved it.

I will be more than happy to be a reference. I had actually intended to write a note to thank you and tell you how much we enjoyed our day but have been so busy.

Our hike on the wall was certainly one of the highlights of our trip.
Although the webpage says it is demanding we certainly managed it fine and we are 60!

Thanks for having the availability of the hike. It made it so much more enjoyable having a driver who was very good driver and a pleasant man and of course Lee who was a pleasure to be with.

Great great day.

Cheers for now!

Gillian, USA


"I enjoyed the hike and the guide was great! Thanks again!"

Jeff, USA


We had a wonderful time hiking with our guide, Lee. The rain did not deter us, and we got some amazing photos of the wall in the mist. We have attached 3 photos. A few more will follow in another e-mail. Thank you for an unforgettable experience!!

Milinda, Edward, and Maggie (age 3)
San Rafael, California


Just a quick not to tell you that we had a wonderful hike with Bruce, one of your guides, last month and he was terrific. We traveled with my with 2 children, 8 & 10 year old, and also my 68 year old mother. We found the hike from Jinshanling to Simatai very challenging but so beautiful. It was a great experience and we will remember it forever.

Jennifer, USA


"I just came back from Beijing and Shanghai for my 10 day trip. I would give the Eastern Morning Sun Light Downtown Youth Hostel a two-thumb-up Eastern Morning Sun Light Downtown Youth Hostel. The guys I met were so friendly and they took care of my luggage when I had to travel to leave Beijing for Shenyang for three days.

I also joined the Great Wall Hiking Tour from Jinshanling to Simatai. great wall hiking tour. It took me about three hours to finish the jogging. I was so excited to see the Wall and walked the same way that ancient soldiers did. Fantastic tour!

Have fun with those great guys for the Great Wall tour!

Daniel, Canada


I scheduled a group tour but ended up having a private tour for the same price! Sam was fantastic - he took pictures of me, told me all the history, etc. I had the most amazing day! Thank you!

Kristen, USA



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