Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Awesome! Make sure you ask the guide to stop and take some pictures on the way as they get carried away. Also pearl and silk factories are great, but overpriced, Don't touch or look closely at goods unless you intend to make a purchase if you don't want to be pestered
The tour started at 7.00am. We went on one of the first days of the Chinese National holidays so everywhere was packed to capacity. At 7.30am we were standing in Tiananmen Square, overwhelmed by the number of locals that can gathered. The visit to the Forbidden City was good but limited in the sense that we did not really go into any of the internal "temples" as we walked through the F/City on the outer footpaths, which were still within the F/City so as to avoid the crowds. We arrived at the Summer Palace at 2.30pm by which time over 110,000 people had entered so that will give you a feel on numbers! Likewise, in order for the small party to keep together, we were constantly on the move, so little time to really look at anything. We visited a Chinese Medicine Hospital (waste of time), as well as a silk factory (quite interesting) and a pearl factory (great if you wanted to buy some very reasonable priced pearls). Obviously the latter three stops were purely there to part with some cash! Our guide, Mr Jacky Lee, was excellent as he took time to take photos of the couples in the group and he knew the best places to capture the photos so well done to him. Lunch provided was good. Apart from the crowds, a really good day was had by all.
There is a lot to see and do in Beijing and this tour includes a good selection of sites. Shopping stops were not too long and no high sales pressure. The lunch wasvery good and our tour guide Michael was very nice and spoke great English.
Very enjoyable, great sights however visits were rushed due to the sheer number of places to visit on the trip
Overall the trip was worth the money. It was a good introduction to Beijing, especially for someone who has never been there before. However, the tour was rushed at the end. We only spent about 40 minutes (there was only 2 of us on the tour) at The Summer Palace. This place is so huge, a full day doesn't even do it justice (I did go back). Also, the Temple of Heaven was rushed.
I ended up being the only one so it was an all day private tour. All 4 sites were very cool and the tour gives you plenty of time to take it all in and take plenty of pictures. I was also taken to 2 factories, one that shows how the local silk is made and the other for fresh water pearls; beware it it definitely a ploy to get you to buy stuff. I ended it buying a few things and moved on. Definitely a good trip to see most of the main sites in Beijing.
As usual, fantastic tour with energetic and bright tour guide...i've done Viator tours of all types in Paris, Normandy, Milan, Rome/Vatican City and Berlin and have never been disappointed! The ONLY criticism in the tours in China is when your are taken on side visitsto so called "silk and jade factories", where you are basically turned over to high-pressure sales folks. The real tours are absolutely worth it...you just have to grin and bear the other part.
Guide very very knowledgable and friendly. Arranged for us to not wait in queues, and showed other areas of city not outlined.
Good tour to do if you want to see all of the important tourist attractions in one day. Again we were taken to a pearl factory and some other unannounced shopping stops which annoyed me and the other 7 people on our tour. Lunch was mediocre. The sights were beautiful, but our tour guide Jackie had a very strong accent and was difficult for us to understand at times.
Great tour guide, one of the best we have had and awesome sites. I did not care for the food though. A home made sandwich would have been better. The place was not particularly clean and the service was bad. Not to mention the buffet that consisted of food that had been out there too long, was cold and tasted awful!
Our guide seemed new at his job and was not very knowledgeable. The bus used for the tour was not very comfortable and could have been better. Places covered by this tour are good and there were just two of us that day for the tour so it was kind of private tour for us! However, silk factory tour can be avoided and was not necessary and it was mainly a "sales" visit. Lunch provided was OK.
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Good itinerary. Tour guide didn't bring us to Pearl Market as mentioned in the tour details on the Viator website, but it was fine for me to skip the Pearl Market as I was tired by the end of this fulfilling heritage tour.
We absolutely loved our tour! We actually did the Great Wall tour the next day. We were so lucky to even have the same guide both days. He was absolutely wonderful!!!! He knew so much wonderful information and really made sure we had a successful tour! We were in Beijing for 2.5 days and we took your tours both days and it was definitely the right thing to do.
Tiananmen Square simply immense and imposing, although Forbidden City involves a demanding 4 hour walk. Excellent knowledgeable, English-speaking guide, very enlightening insight into ancient Chinese architecture & cultures. Because of tiredness, cut tour short and didn't see Temple of Heaven. Too much in one day.
The tour guide was simply a great guy. He went out of his way to help me get home when I needed to leave early. He was informative, funny, and honest. We went to two tourist traps, a pearl and a silk factory, which were huge wastes of time, time that could have been much better spent at the expansive Summer Palace. Sightseeing was a bit rushed too.
We had a really great day and saw so much! Our guide was really wonderful and so well informed, we learned a lot of history. Our vegetarian lunch was spot on. I'd highly recommend this tour.
Our tour guide was THE BEST! Great places to visit.
It's all of what you need to see in Beijing in one compact day, it was just great. Just would like to say a special thanks to our guide and the team - it was well organised and executed.
This was a really nice trip. Our tour guide was good and was quite knowledgeable about all of the sites. The tour did seem a bit long, or perhaps it was because I was exhausted from seeing the Great Wall the day before. Lunch was good but I would have preferred a more modern restaurant with Western-style bathroom facilities instead of the typical Chinese toilets.
This tour was very good.
Positives: we had a really fun tour guide who provided a lot of context for the sites we were seeing. We were able to avoid some lines because he was able to shepherd us through check-points, etc.
Negatives: a significant amount of time was spent in high pressure shopping situations. This tour would be much more enjoyable if those stops were eliminated and you were given more time at the sites to do some exploring. My suggestion is to pay the extra money for a private tour that gives you more flexibility.
Victoria/Fang Fang was a great guide and we had a wonderful time at the various sites on this tour. There were issues, however. The van was very cramped and small, and they overbooked the seats, which mean Victoria had to sit on a stool--very unsafe! The lunch place they took us to was quite awful and very unsanitary. We had to wait 15-20 minutes for the restaurant to produce plates and utensils and when they did, the dishes were covered in sudsy water and didn't seem very clean. We were also taken to two shopping areas, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and while this may be unavoidable in Beijing tours, we paid for a tour, not to be taken to shops for the tour company to get kickbacks from, right?
Beijing and the Forbidden City are a must to see. Our guide had very good English and we enjoyed seeing so much history even if it was very cold. Be aware that this tour has a fair bit of walking and there are also many thousands of Chinese doing their pilgrimage to these places. Felt very secure in having a tour guide tell us the history and direct us to the best spots. The only disappointment was the unappetising cold, greasy buffet lunch but the beer was good.