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This tour was fantastic. In a short and very comfortable three days, we covered a lot - the Great Wall, Summer Palace, etc. My guide, Albert Liu, was very knowledgeable, especially about the Ming era. He made the places come to life with anecdotes, and I was quite impressed with his storytelling ability, especially his use of mini-cliffhangers. For example, he started to give me some background of a place, raised a question about it, and then said, You will learn more about the answer to that question at the next site we see. Or, he mentioned a historical figure and gave some background, and said, What kind of a person do you think this empress was? You'll find out more at the next site, and you can decide. A on engagement.
I was especially interested in what it is like to live in China today. Albert kindly shared some of his family background to let me have a sense of everyday life, even outside the city. He was also more than happy to accommodate my requests. For example, I wanted to see what it might be like to do Chinese acupuncture, so we skipped the zoo my choice and he made arrangements for acupuncture the following day.
All in all, I can't recommend this tour highly enough, and if you have a chance to go with Albert, I would suggest you jump at the chance.
The trips were all amazing. What a beautiful area so rich in history. Our guide, Bella, was very knowledgeable.
My wife and I had a great experience touring Beijing and the Great Wall of China. Susan did a fantastic job explaining all the places we visited. Susan's made sure we never felt pressure to move on to the next site before we were satisfied answering our questions. I would recommend Susan to anyone!
Wish I could rate this a 20. This tour was the highlight of all 12 tours we took. Our guide Roy and driver Kai were wonderful. The guide spoke perfect English. He helped me pull myself up the steps to be able to stand on the Great Wall. This was a thrill of a lifetime to stand up there, pictures cannot come close. The tour was so comprehensive and so full of history. Of all the places we went this is the only one I would like to go back and do again.
Roy was a great tour guide! He really knows a lot about the sites that we went to - especially the Llama Temple and the Summer Palace, and it was easy to tell what his favorite parts of each stop were. He was very considerate about my dad's age and dietary needs and found good restaurants that we could all enjoy. Our tour didn't go exactly to plan because of the National Conference, but Roy improvised and we still had a great time : The trip to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall was a little funny because there are a lot of vendors everywhere trying to sell you things and Roy told us, Just ignore them. I'll tell you where to buy the same things cheap in the city. so we got rushed past the souvenirs and then Roy gave us directions to the souvenir street and offered to drop us off there at the end of the day. It was really nice to be on a tour and not feel pressured to buy anything from the street vendors.
I would really recommend this tour, and tour company, to anyone coming to Beijing - the guides are knowledgeable and their English is excellent, the drivers are reliable and quick, and it really is a nice, relaxing way to see the city and learn about China's history.
I just can't recommend this tour highly enough, Qing, our guide, especially made the trip amazing and memorable. She was friendly, informative and really connected with us, taking into consideration what worked best for our visit. Our two kids ages 3 and 6 had a great time, especially riding the toboggan down The Great Wall. We had just 4 days in Beijing and really felt like we got a true feel for the city thanks to this tour. Qing and her drivers made everything seamless and stress-free, we had a packed schedule, yet never felt rushed and we really appreciated the flexibility this tour afforded our family. We'd highly recommend this tour to anyone coming to Beijing!
This tour is HIGHLY recommended. We had a great time. This is the best way to see Beijing we have traveled a lot and this is hands down the best tour we have taken. Our guide Qing was AWESOME she spoke great English and was very helpful. She was flexible to do what we wanted she helped us negotiate prices on souvenirs she even ran a couple of errands for me as I needed to get something at the store. She picked great restaurants and great food. We had a good driver and nice clean car. We had all the water we could drink and our guide was extremely personable it felt like traveling with your family. If we wanted to go faster on some things and slower on others we could. The tour was totally flexible and we got very different insight to the culture. We did not have to go to any specific shops or tours and everything was included. This tour made everything easy especially if you are a foreigner and do not speak the local language. We had 4 days between business trips and we covered everything that we wanted and then some. It was an amazing experience and we made new friend. I would recommend the private tour you will see a lot more and really get a true feeling of the local culture!!
This was the perfect tour for us! We spent 3 active days in Beijing with our guide Qing and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. For the limited time we had, it allowed us to see the major sites. Qing and her driver knew the best drop off and pick up locations and manuveured the entrances with ease and no waste of time. At each site and while in the car, Qing gave very thorough and interesting explanations providing information we could never have received on our own or with an audio tour. We saw all the major sites with ease and enjoyed several great meals. The meals are included per the itineray and the restaurants were preselected based on our tastes so there was no fuss in selecting a restaurant and what to eat. We felt the tour was a good value for the experiences we had. The meals and entrance fees were included so we had no additional costs. Qing was professional and personable throughout the 3 days. Be sure to take the Tobaggan ride down from the Great Wall it was awesome!
Excellent tour, we visited all the important sights in Beijing.The bus was new and properly air conditioned. The guide (Becky) was really nice and attentive to our family needs. During the long transfers we would have liked to hear more (where we were moved,etc) from the guide. Recommended!
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