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I booked this tour for my 15 year old daughter and me not really knowing what to expect. However, from the Lobby call to the pre-processed airport checkin we were surprised how smoothly everything went. The meeting at Beijing continued the flow and we were continually surprised and delighted the day ahead. The history of Beijing combined with the hospitality if our English speaking guide and his capable driver made this one of the most memorable days of our trip. If you love history and want to make the most if a wonderful day out we certainly recommend this tour. A fantastic day that will stay in our memories for a long time to come.
If you only have a day, take this tour! We were very lucky with the weather and our guide was really fantastic. Be prepared to walk, we covered a lot of territory in one day. The only weak point was lunch at the Jade shop. If you're a foodie, this is disappointing. However, I'll bet you can get your guide to go to a more interesting stop for lunch if you have an adventurous appetite.
It was AMAZING to see so much of Beijing in such a short time! My guide was very professional and friendly. I've learnt so much about Chinese culture and local life from him. Everything went smoothly and I highly recommend this trip!
It was well worth doing and Jason was an excellent guide and so was his driver.
Excellent organization. Great guide and driver. Pick up from hotel on time. Superb itinerary. Highly recommend.
It was amazing to see all the top attractions in Beijing in one day and back to Shanghai at night. It was super organized and one of the best experiences I've ever had around the world. I mean, what a brilliant idea! btw the lunch was superb as well!
The trip was perfect for my needs. I only had a day, and I didn't want to leave China without seeing the Great Wall. Transportation was convenient: A driver picked me up from the hotel, had my printed plane ticket, then the tour guide and driver for the day picked me up from the airport, and the same driver picked me up at the airport at the end of the day. The tour guide was very nice and easy to understand. I enjoyed the Forbidden City and the Great Wall the most. I was also shown a tea shop, jade shop, and silk shop which were good to see, but also encouraged buying and haggling a bit... I didn't mind much, but by the end of the day, I was tired and just wanted to go back to the airport (I was the only person on the tour). I recommend this tour if you're on a tight schedule, but it would be more fun with someone else too.
First, the good parts- we really enjoyed visiting the Great Wall- this part is definitely worth doing.. The Forbidden City was also interesting. The guide and driver tried very hard to get us everywhere quickly, despite the terrible traffic in Beijing (including a quick stop at Tienanmen Square) and the guide gave us lots of information. The pick-ups and drop-offs went smoothly. However, it was a very long day. It would have been better to put us on an earlier return flight to Shanghai. In order to save time, we could suggest cutting out the trip to the Chinese Medicine Clinic in the afternoon, under the guise of getting a "free" foot massage! This was an unexpected consultation with a doctor and his translator who wanted us to spend thousands of dollars on medicines and they were not impressed when we did not buy their recommended treatments. We did not set out to go to a doctor's appointment on our holiday- the whole experience was quite unpleasant and we felt ambushed. The "free" foot massage was not complimentary either as we were pressured into leaving a tip. At lunch, we were given the "opportunity" to buy jade but this was more low-key at least. Overall, it was interesting but tiring and a bit stressful -between the long hours ( nearly 18 hours from pick-up to drop-off), the sales pitch and the seemingly never-ending traffic gridlock of Beijing. It would have been nice to have water available on board the bus as it was a long time between lunch and further opportunities to eat and drink (i.e.at the airport, several hours later)..
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Our tour guides English was extremely difficult to understand, so we had to just nod and smile in hopefully all the right places - so missed out on loads of info She kept telling my son that he looked just like his 'daddy' - my son is 27 and we were with his step father! We asked to go for 2 minutes to Tianamen Square which was opposite the forbidden city but she got very stressy and although she agreed to go, she told us we were now running late and would get no lunch and have to go to another location of the Great Wall. Still starving , she then proceeded to rub my husbands stomach whilst telling a story about a 'happy Buddha'!! All in all this was a very expensive day trip and a complete disappointment.
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