When you go to Beijing, one of the things you absolutely must do is of course visit The Great Wall of China! There are so many different tour companies and ways to see the wall that you might become overwhelmed. Luckily, I did the research for you and found the best way to see this incredible world wonder with My Odyssey Tours.
The driver and tour guide picked me up with a luxury car from my hotel at 8:30 am sharp. I chose to book a private tour so I was able to customize it to my liking. For the day’s itinerary, we planned to visit the Ming tombs, have lunch and then of course the Great Wall before returning back to the hotel at 4 pm. The Ming tombs are about 1 hour and 20 minutes away from the center of Beijing. These 600-year-old tombs are absolutely breathtaking. My tour guide, Laura, offered me some very interesting facts along the way. This really helped to enrich my experience and understanding of China’s history.
In between the Ming tombs and the Great Wall, there is a beautiful resort called Brickyard. We stopped there for a tasty lunch. They have both Chinese and Western options. I went with the chicken curry and Chinese dumplings. The tastes were slightly adapted for Western palates.
I have to say my excitement was building every moment of the way! We arrived and it was off to quickly collect the tickets and then hop on the lift to reach the Great Wall. I was really impressed by how streamlined the processes. In my head, I pictured strenuous hiking but in reality, it took very little effort to get to the Great Wall.
Once on top of the wall, I was educated more about the history of China and how the wall was used for defense purposes in the past. Of course My Odyssey Tours was well prepared and sure to bring along a bottle of champagne to enjoy at the top! It really was a nice way to spend the afternoon.
A little bit more exploring of the Great Wall and then it was time to head back to the city. You could take the chairlift down, walk or take a luge! I went for the luge. Something simple but exciting I must say. You’re able to control the speed with a break but my goal was to go as fast as possible. The course was actually fairly long and extremely fun. Before I knew it, we were at the bottom. At this point it was back to the car with my green bean ice cream, which I was very curious about trying. The driver prepared some cold beverages at the car as well, talk about service.
The tour was super smooth the entire day. From start to finish, it was effortless. It was such an easy and efficient way to seeing The Great Wall of China. Seriously. The service was great, informative, fun and easy. My Odyssey Tours definitely has my highest recommendation and I’m sure you will have a great time like I did on your next tour!