5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

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  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Viator VIP: Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at Badaling. 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.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Dream come true. Our tour guide was fun and always wanting to help take our picture. The forbidden city was very impressive. Our guide was quite knowledgable. The Great wall was amazing. I feel so blessed to have seen it. What an amazing trip!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Great experience, tour guide was professional and fun, took the back way in many places, so in the crowded environments, we were not in the crowds. The area of the wall was secluded, we felt as if we had the place to ourselves. Made for super photo opportunities. Great way to spend a day in Beijing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Wonderful private tour. Guide was very informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Great tour, great guide, got pictures with few to no other people, super

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

This was a great day. We were picked up at our hotel on time and taken the short distance to Tienimen square. Then onto the Forbidden city. For most of our visit to the Great Wall, we were the only visitors there. Our guide Carolyn was fantastic. Highly recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

Tour guide Jason did a great job and was extremely knowledgeable on history of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Small tour group with this tour allowed for lots of questions. Covered a ton of ground in a single day, this is the tour if you only have 1 day and can start out early.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Impressive! I got to see so much on this tour! Had a guide to myself. Saw everything advertised and more! Excellent job!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Spectacular view and Guide. This tour could not have been any better then it was, but weird coincidence we had the guide to ourselves and we managed to do everything plus a bit more in the time frame allowed. SOOOO nice the guide and driver!!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2013

We had an incredible day on this tour. Not only was our guide Jason passionate and a wealth of information but the tour truly encompassed the very best that Beijing has to offer. The views from Jingshan Hill and the Great Wall were breathtaking. While I'm not usually a fan of duck, the Peking duck was unique and delicious. Trying it is a must. With Beijing being a very busy and sometimes chaotic city, having our guide meant we could relax and simply take in the beauty around us, especially in the massive Forbidden City. Thank you for an unforgettable day in Beijing!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2013

WOW! Where do I even begin? This was the tour of a lifetime! We were picked up by an incredible guide who was so excited to show us his city. We were a little worried about the language barrier but he spoke perfect English. This tour was literally like walking through history and I couldn't believe how much we fit into one day. I loved being able to explore the Forbidden City both from inside and from Jingshan Hill where you see an incredible birdseye view. From up there, you really get a sense of the immensity of this place. But my favorite part had to be walking on the Great Wall of China -- a dream of mine since I was young! What I loved especially about seeing this part of the Wall is that there were no crowds. In fact we were the only people there! And to be walking on such an important part of history while taking in the panoramic views was worth the trip to Beijing!

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2015

My husband and I joined this special Beijing tour. In terms of sightseeing, the general experience was fantastic, and we felt we were treated like VIPs as what the name of the tour suggested. We were the only clients in an air-conditioned car, along with the tour guide and the driver. The experienced tour guide stayed with us most of the time and provided useful historical background information at each point of interest. An unique aspect of this tour was that we could visit different attractions at our own pace, and this tour allowed us to visit multiple Beijing attractions within one day which fitted our packed schedule. Two things to improve on. Firstly, the quality of the lunch especially the Peking Duck was below standard when the tour description mentioned that as a highlight of the lunch. The dish we had was rough and dry. Secondly, we were surprised to be taken to two stores with one selling jade products and another selling silk products. It was ok to be taken to those places, and we were not pressured to make any purchases. Our experience could have been better if we were informed of those surprised visits in the Viator itinerary ahead of time.

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2014

Not much to see at the Forbidden City and Treasure Gallery. Really the Forbidden city is not much more than a group of living complexes and store houses. Treasure gallery is a bit sparse. The best part of this was the Great Wall - I know it says Badaling, but we went past the touristy area a few kilometers to a spot that is not visited much - our tour guide Jackie said it was also Badaling but just opened. There were only three other people there were many parts of the wall that were not reconstructed. It was awesome and the reason that I gave this 4 stars. Our tour guide Jackie was good and knowledgeable.

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