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Marian P

Marian P

United Kingdom

Jun232013

Tour/Activity

Beijing Essential Full-Day Tour including Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square

Beijing, China

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

I booked this tour because of the title 'full day' and for the three essential named elements. The time spent at the three was significantly less than that made available to shop at the various places where the guide was clearly trying to earn commission, to the extent that he negotiated prices even though we had been told they were 'fixed price'. The lunch was pretty average. To only provide one and a half hours at the Great Wall was a great disappointment and really spoiled my enjoyment of the experience and to do this immediately after lunch is ludicrous! The guide, Jackie Li, clearly knows his stuff about Beijing's history, characters and places and was very humorous, in places, too. However, he speaks very quickly and his English is heavily accented and inaccurate in places to the extent that, unless you concentrated really hard, you missed out on information. He ignored questions asked by all on the tour at times and this became irritating. I have never given less than four stars for a Viator review but cannot, in all honesty, give a higher rating. This was my one and only opportunity to visit these wonderful places and I do not feel that we were well served.

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Jun222013

Tour/Activity

Small-Group Beijing Night Walking Tour

Beijing, China

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was a very good tour. Gina was delightful and provided great insights into all sorts of things that we passed or which came up in conversation. Her English was excellent and if we came across a word which caused a problem, we sorted this out swiftly and with no difficulty. The tour is well worth doing to see the wonderful hutongs, Baihei Park in the growing darkness is fabulous and the food market an education in itself. Thank you very much.

Jun222013

Tour/Activity

Beijing Historical Tour including the Summer Palace, Lama Temple and the Panda Garden

Beijing, China

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Jason was a wonderful guide. His English was fantastic and his attention to detail terrific. The weather in the morning was very wet but this did not spoil the tour at all. The visit to the Panda Garden was great; we saw a variety of ages of panda enjoying their bamboo breakfast! Off then to the Summer Palace where Jason was encyclopedic about the place, the history and the people - first class! Lunch was OK The Lama Temple was spectacular and an experience I will always remember. The booked itinerary did not mention the tea tasting but this was fun and its addition did not make me feel I had missed time elsewhere. I would thoroughly and warmly recommend Jason as a guide and this tour, too. I have booked tours through the company before in other cities and Viator have lived up to their usual high standards. Many thanks

Feb162007

Tour/Activity

Rome Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
It was really good to be able to hop on and off the bus whenever we wanted - many thanks.

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