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.
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.
Great tour, great guide, got pictures with few to no other people, super
Lew and Leanne
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
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.
Impressive! I got to see so much on this tour! Had a guide to myself. Saw everything advertised and more! Excellent job!
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!!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Jackie was a well informed and friendly guide, and willing to skip some planned stops when we requested more time at the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. One star deducted for the crazy driver, who drove too fast, too often on the wrong side of the road, honked constantly, etc. But otherwise this tour was just what we wanted, with an interesting Chinese guide just for my sister and me. He was willing to answer all kinds of questions, and took excellent care of us. Pick up and drop off at the hotel was a great convenience. The lunch was decent but took place in one of those mandatory tourist shopping ops which are a bit irritating but easy enough to cope with. This was my first trip to the Great Wall, so I can't compare other sections but this one was not at all crowded, was minimally commercial (I was grateful to be able to buy water at the souvenir stand in the parking lot) and we were the only non-Chinese tourists in sight. Really steep to climb, it was lots of fun. Oddly, despite being pretty isolated, there was music piped in along the route! The Forbidden City was also spectacular to look at and very interesting to learn more about. One of the most fascinating days in a fascinating trip to China.