False tour operators for Great Wall
I strongly disadvice you to take any guided tour to the Great Wall from the tour operators that operate in the Forbiden City.
When visitng the Forbiden City, we were approached by a guy who called himself "Bill"(that was suposed to be his english name though he was a chinese). He offered us a tour to the Great Wall plus Ming Tombs. Because we anyway wanted to see it, we arranged it.
On a day of tour his van came to pick us at the hotel. Beside driver there was a woman who introduced herself as our guide. A first supprise(when we were already on the motorway) was when she told us that we wouldn't be visiting Ming Tombs. Apparently, because of the clousure on the motorway we would be forced to go via side roads and this would cause a delay and blah blah... We protested for a moment but we got along with it. Anyway it was said to us, this is merrely a park.
Before we got to the Wall, we unexpectedlly stoped at a "factory" in one village. She said we should go inside although it was not on the program. We didn't wanted to, because we heard many stories of people being forced to buy something in such "factories". She then even got angry and threated that she will leave us there in the middle of nowhere alone if we do not go inside. This was even more suspicios to us and when she realized that she won't succeed, we continued driving to the Wall.
When arriving at the Wall we entered the cable car and went atop. She didn't go with us but promissed to pick us at the parking some hundred metters before the entrance, a few hours later. When we arrived at the top she called us via mobile and said she wouldn't be back and she would leave us there. This was obviously a revenge for not visiting that bloody "factory". When we protested she began to blackmail us, saying she would come back to pick us but we would have to visit that "factory" and also go to a kind of tea degustation. There was time to do this but not obviously for the Ming Tombs being originaly on the program. And we of course heard the stories about degustations which costed the participants lurked into it, even up to 50 or 100 euros. So we smoothly denied it.
Luckilly, there were taxis near that parking which drove us to the nearest city when we were able to take the bus back to Beijing.
So under any condition, do not take anyone offering you a tour to the Great Wall in the Forbidden City or around.
Thank you for telling your story, these con-men should be cleared off the streets.
This topic was posted more than 2 months ago. If you have a similar question to this one, please start a new topic.
Recent Topics in China Travel Forum
| Which cities are suitable for a family tour? |
by fanhongjuan on 3 Mar 13 (inside China) I am planning to visit China with my family including a 3-year-old kids. So I want to know that which cities in China are suitable…
|1||27|| hellomans |
12 Mar 13 >>
| The Great Outdoors of Yangshuo |
by linabu on 10 Oct 11 (inside China) On any China itinerary looking for adventure, Yangshuo should be a feature. It is an amazing place that everyone should see and with possibilities for…
|5||16|| lvxiaochen |
21 Nov 11 >>
| Do You Like Ancient Water Towns in China? |
by ccts on 13 Jan 09 (inside China) Far away from the hustle and bustle of modern city, the ancient towns display idyllic landscapes and secluded tranquility to you. Being famous for its…
|0||850|| ccts |
13 Jan 09 >>
| The Reasons of Traveling in China |
by ccts on 12 Jan 09 (inside China) Recently, the tourism industry of China is booming. More and more people list China as their tourist destination. Why do you want to have a…
|2||404|| itachan |
6 Dec 12 >>
| CHina Southern Airline receives 3 Billion Yuan |
by stilltravel on 28 Nov 08 (inside China) China Southern Airline Receives 3 Billion Yuan Capital Injection
China Southern Airlines Co.'s state-owned parent will receive a capital injection of 3 billion yuan ($439 million)…
|2||893|| kevin015 |
14 Feb 09 >>
| Only 60 km away from China`s huge cap |
by restgo on 17 Nov 08 (inside China) Only 60 km away from China`s huge capital Beijing there is this lovely little village called Chuandixia. This village is known for its well preserved…
|0||668|| restgo |
17 Nov 08 >>
| accommodation for 2008 Beijing Olympics |
by learner0212 on 23 Oct 07 (inside China) i am here new and i just wonder if anyone will visit the 2008 Beijing Olympics, if you are please enter our websit www.2008motel.com to…
|1||677|| MadSuh |
28 Oct 07 >>
| China Guilin tour |
by jadeleo on 24 Jun 07 (inside China) Do you want to pay a visit to China before 2008 Olympic Game, Do you hear about Guilin Yangshuo where has the reputation of having…
|0||755|| jadeleo |
24 Jun 07 >>
you can do on the forum
- Share travel experiences
- Create your own profile
- Write travel journals
- Upload travel pictures
- Save travel deals
- Meet other travelers