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Jennifer A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

The tour guide and the tour itself was fun. The food they give you is Western style Chinese food. Not exactly what you actually get in China but still quite nice. The Lama Temple was amazing. It was beautiful and our tour guide had a lot of knowledge about everything. Be careful at the pearl factory. I bought an 18 carat gold charm with a pearl in it and the gold is peeling off and turning back so obviously not real pearl. It might be government run but that doesn't mean it's 100 legit.

Heather L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

We ended up with a private tour because no one else had booked this particular itinerary on this day. William was our guide, and he was amazing. I was traveling with my 83 year old grandmother, and he saw our unique needs and met our pace. This was my grandma's favorite day of our trip!

Llamaschool United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Excellent tour, don't miss this one! Our guide was William Kuang, highly recommended. He got us to the Panda Garden slightly before 8:30, we practically had them to ourselves. We took a dragon boat up the waterway into the Summer Palace grounds as was the case with other Hanteng tours I took this week, our guide seemed to know the ticketing agents and we were moved to the front of the line for the boats embarrassing, but efficient. A good 2 hours spent @ the Summer Palace, we visited the temple and the living quarter. Lunch was fine, a place that caters to tour buses in the Olympic complex. There were two shopping stops, the pearls and the tea house these are unavoidable unless you hire a private guide--don't buy if you don't want to and you DO have room to bargain @ the pearl factory. Lama Palace was last, our guide is a practicing Buddhist and demonstrated the incense rituals and prayers, explaining everything. As we left, he noticed the monks were giving out fruit from the day's offering tables and shooed us all back in to receive them. Very good luck, evidently!

Jennifer S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

We packed so much into this day! We signed up for a group tour but it ended up only being our group which was a nice surprise. Our guide was great and took us all around the city. There were two factory stops but since it was just the two of us we made it quick. Lunch was not great and very touristy

Andrew S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Very good experience with a personal touch. Excellent English spoken by our friendly and knowledgeable guide. Thoroughly recommend this to all and value for money.

Robert L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Absolutely fabulous.
Be,jing is an credible city.

Gary P USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Superb tour with a great guide and driver. Adjusted the tour a bit to meet my requests, and highly recommend this nearly full day tour around Beijing.

Cherie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

Great tour and great tour guide!

STEPHANIE K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Small group made it very personal but the guide was sensational and knowledgeable

KEVIN I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

great tour guide

Patrick USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

Very well planned and my tour guide Jackie was excellent! He knew his history well and I recommend this excellent historical tour.

Susan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and suggested good viewpoints for photos.
The tour moved well and we had more places to visit than we had anticipated, as we visited a silk factory, participated in a tea ceremony, and visited a pearl workshop. We also only had a group of three so it was very personal.
Very enjoyable day.

Kelly W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Great tour

valdevezptyltd

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Loved the pandas so cute to see. Our tour guide was amazing and full of information and energy. A must for everyone.

Mary D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Hands down an amazing tour. We went with two other couples. We enjoyed this tour very much.

Shantine P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

This was a great tour and my tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly, and helpful! Thank you so much for all your help!

Paula H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Exceptional guide, Jackie, for this tour.

Nicole A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Connie was a great tour guide! I had this tour to myself and she still remained enthusiastic all day! Very strong English speaker too

Paul

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Very well organised trip with knowledgeable and polite guide. Pick up and drop off at the hotel. We have been on several tours in Beijing and this is one worth going on. There is an optional boat ride in the Summer Palace that we took as well at nominal extra charge.

Paul S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Great tour. Cynthia our guide was excellent. Only 4 of us in the group. Had a great day. Summer palace is a must see in Beijing

David M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

Tour 3 of 4 in Beijing and what a way to start than waking up early and getting to the Panda Garden while the Pandas are still awake and eating, our guide Li got us there just after opening and they were quite active it was a beautiful sight and as the only 2 people on the tour for the second day running we had the guides full attention.

I have reviewed all my tours in Beijing please see my review on Badaling Great wall in relation to the "full day" and side stops on the tours.
Then it was on to the summer palace which is an absolutely stunning place and although on the tour you don't get to go up to the actual palace, just in the grounds you still get to see the amazing scenery, the marble boat and you get to ride across the lake on a dragon boat for a very small extra charge.
Then another lovely lunch after a tour of a pearl factory my wife spent some small change on a bracelet and that was all we wanted and no pressure from anyone to buy more, they respect no in China you just have to say it.
Then the Lama Temple, a highly religious place as expected and very interesting.
Another very lovely day in Beijing

Rebecca S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

The pandas were a bit disappointing as they didn't look too good but the tour was great Mark our tour guide was wonderful so much knowledge the best tour we have taken across our Asia holiday thank you :)

William F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Excellent tour, relaxed, but we saw many sights. Our guide was very pleasant and very informative.

jrscotto

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Amazing views at the Summer Palace, impressive architecture at the Lama Temple, and cute, cuddly panda bears made for a fantastic tour. Our guide, Cynthia, was very energetic and excited about giving us a glimpse into China's long history. We enjoyed every moment of the tour and the time that we got to spend with Cynthia!

Cindy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Our tour guide was excellent. On time to pick us up at the hotel and was very knowledgable and very pleasant.

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