How it works:
- Situation: the correct route to Mutianyu is to take bus 916 to Huairou Beidajie, and then cross the road to take bus H23.
- Scam 1: before reaching Huairou Beidajie, touts wearing a fake uniforms will board and claim that you have to alight as the bus stops here/is not going to the Great Wall. If you alight, you will be pressured to take an expensive minibus to the Great Wall.
- Scam 2: after alighting at Huairou Beidajie, you will be swarmed by unofficial taxis and minivan drivers who insist that there is no bus and will hound you to engage them.
Places to beware:
What to do:
- Decline – stick to the route. If you want to take a taxi at Huairou Beidajie, only take official taxis which have a “B” on their license plates. Else, you can consider using an operator:
- Offline operators: ask – is the operator licensed? Is there a website, office and working phone number? Are there real online reviews? What does the price cover – is it too cheap?
- Reputable operators: some reputable local names to consider include Great Wall Hiking (adventure specialist at less-visited sections of the Great Wall), etc.
- Online platforms: Klook (best day tour platform in Asia) has some popular Great Wall tours.