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SineRivali

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Great fun with Robert! Warm and friendly plus extremely knowledgable on the history and dates of everything we saw. Plus he directed us to a wonderful calligrapher who made me a one-of-a-kind scroll for my 50th birthday.

Jenny C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Our guide, Cris, was wonderful. She tailored the tour for exactly what we wanted in the time we had. She was knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend the day with.

John T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

I am SO glad I went through Viator to get a tour of Beijing. My time in the city was short, so taking a guided tour was the way to go for me. For everything it included, I thought it was really well-priced and my guide was very knowledgable and optimized the time I had. In addition to the major attractions, I was taken to one of the most well-known and popular Silk factories in Beijing and also sampled 7 types of Chinese tea at a tea house near the Temple of Heaven and was able to do some shopping for family. My guide also took me to an authentic Chinese restaurant as we sampled many delicious dishes. I highly recumbent doing this trip and would say it is well worth the cost!

Jelena P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

This tour was amazing! We had such a fantastic time and we saw everything we wanted to see. Our tour guide Cris was extremely helpful! She was very informed about how to get around and gave us a great background history on each place we visited. I would highly recommend to anyone visiting these sites to get a tour guide, just because of the extensive security and amount of people that are around. It makes it very confusing and a guide is HIGHLY recommended. With that I would get Cris as a tour guide!

John J H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

My tour was a private tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven in Beijing 5533CBJH. The tour was thorough and interesting. To walk through Tiananmen Square was to get an appreciation for the size of the square and the People's Hall. Next was the Forbidden City. My guide, Cris, was thorough in describing the history and life within these walls. We litteraly walked through history as we examined the architecture and through the various halls that were home to the history and maturing of the art of pottery. The grounds and buildings were beautiful. We next took an optional side trip to a silk manufacturer, which was interesting. I had time to review their shop - too many items to choose from! From there we went to a local restaurant. I don't know if it is policy, but since I was on my own, I ate lunch alone. I would recommend giving the client the option - I would have liked to carry on our conversations over lunch.

We finished the tour at the Temple of Heaven: a very expansive garden with historic temples and buildings, including Echo Hall, the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and the Round Temple. But the walk through the woods and the serenity of nature was a nice end of a long day. Cris, my tour guide, was genuinely kind, informative and easy to converse with. She answered my questions and helped me gain greater understanding about Chinese life, culture and history. I recommend this tour and I hope you can get Cris.

jasondickerson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Our guide Chris was great. We are not ones to look around forever and take our time. We like to get our tours done quickly and efficiently and that's exactly what Chris did. From the pickup at our hotel to when we returned the tour lasted 6.5 hours with was perfect for us. I would highly recommend this private tour and Chris.

MANUEL C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

This three places are a Must See when in Beijing. But what made this tour exceptional was our tour guide Cris. Her knowledge of history, besides her charisma and easy way to explain each corner of these places were an important difference in the way to see the city. At lunch she took us to a restaurant where locals use to go, the food was so good, making us really understand the culture and behave of the people of Beijing. Details like these makes the difference of a good tour guide and the others. Thanks Cris for this extraordinary experience!

Mary D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Our Guide was Awesome! Ask for RITA! She goes above and beyond to make the experience exceptional. Her English is fantastic. She truly went above and beyond to cater to all of our needs. She recommended some fun things to do in the city and made some personal stops for us. One of our favorite tours from the trip.

Bob M H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

Good tour. Linda was great, very informative, well ask for her again

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2013

I recently had some tours from some of your lovely guides around Beijing of the forbidden city, temple of heaven, Beijing opera and the night walking tour. The tour guides were wonderful; very knowledgeable of the areas, and fun people to spend time with. I was very impressed with their prompt and timely starts to the tours, which was especially important being in a new city as it was reassuring that I was meeting them in the correct place and there was no confusion. I have experienced poor timeliness in the past so I was really appreciative of the tour guides for this attribute. The tours were well structured, and very good value for money, and I was happy that I was neither rushed nor delayed with the time I spent at each location and with the guides. The mixture of private cars, local transportation, and planned meals was excellent and I feel that I had a well rounded and informative experience in Beijing learning about the history and culture of the intriguing city. I particularly appreciated the professional experience and coordination between the main office, the guides, the locations visited and the drivers. I have been very happy with the experience and I fully recommend that others use Viator for planning their own tours. In light of this I have copied into this email my friend Ester who would like to organise some tours for Beijing, and I hope you are able to organise some fun activities for her! She is particularly interested in going to the Great Wall of China. Thank you very much for the wonderful experiences which I will carry with me for a life time!

Ignacio

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

I just wanna thanks for the excellent tour that we had yesterday. Our guide jackie was excellent, he explained all about the old China and the new China. All the history of the temples and also he help us to shop some souvenirs because not all the salesman speaks english.

Randi W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

Thank you so much for a wonderful tour with Jacky! I saw everything that I wanted to see and learned a lot about Beijing. It was more than worth the cost and I look forward to another tour when next I return.

Wayne T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

We just completed out Forbidden City tour with Christina, and I must say that she was tremendous! We found the tour to be very informative, but just as important, Christina was helpful and has a terrific personality. Thanks, I would recommend this tour highly to others that I know.

Wayne T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

We just completed out Forbidden City tour with Christina, and I must say that she was tremendous! We found the tour to be very informative, but just as important, Christina was helpful and has a terrific personality. Thanks, I would recommend this tour highly to others that I know.

Gary P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

I wanted to tell you that our tour today was fantastic and incredible. My wife and I did the private tour. Our english speaking tour guide did an outstanding job. She provided us with great history and allowed us to move at a pace that made it possible for us to see many areas of the Forbidden City. We saw the beautiful porcelain. The silk factory was so much fun and our guide hosted a great lunch. Also, the Temple of Heaven was wonderful. I am completely satisfied and could not ask for anything more. I highly recommend this tour and our guide to anyone interested in this tour. Easily 5 stars out of 5

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2012

Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City are def the must see. The touch of tea ceremony was nice too! Highly recommended.

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2012

Thank you! Yesterday’s tour was a great success. Christina did a great job. Thank you for all your help.

Diane P

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2015

Great tour, very knowledgeable guide and many little surprises along the way like a traditional tea tasting!

VC

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2015

This tour was great!

Louis

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2013

Great tour very interesting Christina was great, had good English language skills. She was also very patient with us, took the time to find out what interested us and, within reason, adjusted the tour to suit us. We skipped the tea ceremony and did a noodle bar for lunch ...nice to eat with locals

David H

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2013

I was on my own for the day in Beijing and this tour was great! My only complaint was that I went back to the Forbidden City with a group and saw a bit more than I did on this tour. Other than that, the logistics were well-coordinated and lunch was good. Thanks Christina!

Brian F

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2016

While the tour was interesting, the guide seemed more interested in the next tour and spend more time on the phone than with us. Like the sights but disappointed with the guide.

Jacqueline S

3 star rating: Worth doing
April 2013

Of all the tours we took with Viator, this is the only one I had a problem with. The tour guide took us great places, but at the end when we were giving the driver the tip of 50 she informed us that we needed to give him 200 in addition to her tip telling us that it was his only way to make money, etc etc. She then accompanied me into out hotel (the Regent) and lead me to the business center asking me to write my comments to you. I refused.

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