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Beijing, China

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6 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English and 5 more

Overview

If you’re short on time, opt for a stress-free tour of Beijing highlights such as Gong Wang Fu, Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and Confucius Temple. Take a guided tour of each landmark, listening to guide commentary full of interesting facts, and see, too, the statue of Maitreya Buddha. For added convenience, round-trip hotel transfers, lunch, and entrance fees are all included.
  • Gong Wang Fu, Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and Confucius Temple from Beijing
  • Take an in-depth guided tour of each landmark
  • Round-trip hotel transfers, lunch, and entrance fees are all included
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience

Reviews

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R
, Apr 2018

The tour was great, not too hard going or overly long, and would be suitable for all fitness levels. The driver was excellent and I was picked up just before 9am. My tour guide was Jenny, who was lovely, very friendly and spoke fantastic English. I didn't get to go to Prince Gongs mansion on my tour as I found out on the day as it was closed due to some works being done so Jenny asked if there was anywhere I would like to go instead. I said I didn't mind and I was open to suggestions.

The first place we visited was the Olympic stadium, and although we didn't go into the birds nest (which I wasn't too worried about seeing the inside of) I got a ticket for the water cube and got to have a look inside there, which I enjoyed and it wasn't too busy. The next places we visited were the Lama temple, the Imperial college and the Confucius temple, where Jenny proved to be very knowledgeable and provided me with a lot of information about the locations, their histories and how they were still used today. The Lama temple was very busy as the day we went was the first day of the 4 day national tomb sweeping holiday, where as the other two locations were less so. I will mention if you are visiting any temple or big tourist place during a national holiday in Beijing expect large crowds. All the locations were lovely and very interesting to see, as well as providing some good photo opportunities.

Next we went for lunch, which I find difficult when I travel as I'm vegetarian but also have certain foods that I can't eat. But Jenny once again proved helpful and was able to get dishes for me that I knew I could eat off of the menu.

After lunch we headed over to a couple of shopping points. Jenny did offer about going to a silk factory and a jade factory but I said I had already been to these places on a previous tour so we decided on a different place. The first stop was a pearl factory was nice but they didn't offer much information on the history, manufacturing and types of pearls, but that was down to the factory rather than the tour. Also it's more of a shopping place rather than an educational place so I think I may have expected too much on my part.

Last stop was for a tea tasting ceremony, which I enjoyed very much as I am a big tea fan. I had already done a tea tasting ceremony on a previous tour but didn't buy any of the teas at the time, which I later regretted so I was able to get some this time around.

I have to say that if shopping excursions are not what you want on a tour (as I know some people aren't interested in that kind of thing whereas I don't mind) then you may want to look at a different tour but we didn't spend large portions of time at any of the shopping places we went to and I didn't encounter any pushy sales tactics or anything like that. It's was a relaxing experience rather than being forced to purchase anything. Afterwards I was then dropped back to my hotel concluding the tour.

C
, Nov 2017

Good tour but the shopping was unnecessary.

The morning part was great. They were a little late in finding me but my hotel was in an out-of-the-way hutong so it was quite understandable. We went to Prince Gong's Mansion which was an excellent off-the-beaten-track tourist attraction with a lot of information about Qing culture and architecture. Next we went to the Confucian Temple and Lama Temple. Jenny was a great guide who gave a lot of information in these two sections, though I felt like we may not have seen all of the Confucian temple as there was relatively little information about Confucius.

It was just me on the tour and I suggested Peking duck for lunch, so they took me to a place that had a relatively affordable Peking duck. However, the meal allowance per passenger is just RMB 50, which is quite small given that the tour cost 115. I was willing to pay over that for the duck but I feel like with such a high price there should be a higher lunch budget.

After lunch came the shopping part of the tour, with stops at a jade store and a tea house. I know at least one shopping stop was on the schedule, but I felt this was highly unnecessary. There weren't any super high pressure sales tactics, but the jade store did have pushy salespeople and I'd have rather done without. Jenny mentioned it was about Chinese culture but relatively little information was given about culture, particularly at the tea house. If they want to introduce feng shui culture I'd recommend a museum, not a shop. At 115 per person I don't think shopping should be included.

They then arranged my airport transfer at RMB 200. This was a good price and the driver was very good.

Overall, this was a good tour with the potential to be great, but the shopping ruined it. I would make the tour around a 4-5 hour tour and eliminate the shopping entirely, or else reduce the price. I think it was an enjoyable tour but can't recommend spending 115 on a tour that includes shopping visits for a third of the time. I do have to commend them for going on the tour at the same price with just 1 passenger, and I thought Jenny was a good guide at the tourist attractions, but it's hard to justify the price. The Confucian and Lama Temples are very close together, and I believe audio tours are available, and getting there by taxi or metro may be a better and much more affordable choice.


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