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The tours were great, a great insight if you're a first time visitor to Beijing, it covers as much as you can in two days. The food was great too. Some people who didn't have English as their first language struggled a little with the guide, but her knowledge was great and we managed to understand everything.
thepuli United States of ...
Good food. Good transportation. An Excellent place The wall of China is incredible.
This was a great small group tour, with a total of 6 to 8 people, plus driver and guide. It was a really good way to see the Forbidden City and some other highlights of Beijing, as well as the chance to spend a couple of hours walking on the Great Wall, at a very reasonable cost. I would highly recommend it as a cost-effective and enjoyable way to spend a couple of days in the capital.
The Wall was on my bucket list and this tour did not disappoint! Must see! Spectacular sight. Our tour guide Lee was great! We did not realize the cost of the cable car up to the wall was not included and found out sort of last minute. They do not take credit cards so be sure you have some cash with you...it's about 120 in the local currency. The other parts of the tour were amazing including the Forbidden City and the Temple. Overall awesome experiences!!!
We had Tina as our tour guide and she was amazing at her job. She would let us know beforehand in the bus the historical significance of every place that we visited. Very enthusiastic and passionate. The bus even took a small detour for me so that I could be dropped at the Bird's Nest stadium and roam around. Highly recommended!!.... P.S: The foot massage is sooo gooooood! :
Really great tour! Excellent guide and money well spent! Really enjoyed this tour!
The tour and guide was good but shopping should not be included in sightseeing tour. I suggest you organize a shopping tour to all markets Pearl Market etc. and call it Market Tours
Tour was incredible but there is a ton of walking so be prepared!!!
Great tour to see the sites of Beijing.
The tour guides were very knowledgeable on the history and the stops to Beijing cultural is highly insightful.
His was a truly amazing tour. My favorite out of the three we took in China. The give you enough time to enjoy the wall and the forbidden palace was amazing. Definitely do the toboggan ride down!!
It was a lovely tour with guides Jackson and Walter. Sufficient time to see everything and some time off to yourself. The Chinese medicine centre visit was great, free foot massage included. The pearl and jade factory visits were not worthwhile. Nothing much to see at the Underground Palace, instead more time at the Great Wall would be a better option. Food on the first day has more variety, the second day lunch was not up to the mark. The tour is run efficiently and on time. I recommend this tour.
Chanda Lee New Zealand
Highly Recommended! I really enjoyed the 2 day tour. Food was good too. Mutianyu section is quiet and easier to walk. Glad i chosen this tour. Thank you for the trip!
This is a very efficient way to see everything if you only have two days in Beijing.
We saw the highlights of T Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace. I could have used a few more minutes at Summer Palace and a few less at the Temple of Heaven, but it was a good overview of all of them. The Ming Tombs were a welcome cool spot, and the Great Wall was amazing. The Mutianyu section is definitely the way to go - there were very few people around, so it was easy to get photos without anyone in the way.
The jade factory and the tea ceremony were great. The traditional Chinese medicine presentation was interesting. I thought there was supposed to be a calligraphy demo as well, but perhaps we ran out of time. If there were one piece that I didn't love, it was the pearl factory. They just kind of talked for a couple of minutes and then sent us out to the store area with 2-3 employees following each person around bugging them to buy.
We had a different guide for day 1 vs day 2, and some different people in our group each day as well.
SFOSam United States of ...
Day 1 started with a hotel pick up and our tour guide was Rocky...we went to all the sights in Beijing, like Tiannamen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the Summer of Palace. We also went to a Pearl Factory which was very interesting and an East Medicine Center where a doctor could look at your condition and recommend herbal medicine to help treat your ailments. They also give you a foot massage if you want one. The lunch was very good!
Day 2 was with tour guide Jun. We started off at The Jade Factor then to the Ming Tomb. After the tomb, we had lunch at the foot of the Great Wall. Lunch was good and then we all gave Jun 120 RMB to get our tickets to the Cable Car, which includes the price to take the toboggan down. The Great Wall was amazing! After the wall, we went to a tea factory and witnessed a tea ceremony. Then we drove past the Olympic Venues and then home.
All in all, both Rocky and Jun are great tour guides and they gave us a good overview of Beijing and the local sites. This is worth taking!
Shaun K Australia
The best part about this Tour was the Great Wall of China. This area of the wall was NOT packed with tourists which was just fab. In some parts you had the wall to yourself which was so peaceful. The chair lift and toboggan ride was also a lot of fun. Ditch the Jade stop though!
First, we were fortunate to have Patrick as our guide for both days. He shared so much cultural information with us - things that we might not have learned otherwise. He also shared historical information at each of the sites. One recommendation I would make for anyone who has extra time is to go back to the Forbidden City. The tour gives you a nice overview. We visited the west side of Forbidden City, and went back to visit the east side. The great Wall trip took awhile to get there because of heavy traffic, but it was worth it. Be aware that it is somewhat strenuous on the wall - steep inclines and lots of steps. We had about 30 minutes to explore the wall before we had to turn back to wait in a long line for the cable cars. Our groups were small both days. The only real issue we had, which isn't too unusual with a tour group was that one person who couldn't keep to the schedule, and kept us waiting several times. This tour was a great value, and I'm so glad we signed up for it. A big thank you to Patrick for doing such a great job!!
This was a great way to see everything Beijing had to offer in 2 days.
It would have been nice to actually visit Tiananmen Square and learn a bit more, but given the timeframe it was ok. The second day was magnificent! The Great Wall and tea ceremony were my favourite. Rocky was a great guide!
This has been, I admit, surprisingly one of the most amazing trips I've taken in the past 5 years.
When first going, I was slightly worried and cautious on how of a challenge language, cultural customs, friendliness, or even scams can be, but through this tour and continuing on my journey afterwards, there is absolutely nothing to worry about.
Quick Itinerary Breakdown
NB: Days of the tours may be swapped depending on what areas are open on which weekday
- Night before, nice chat with my first tour guide on hotel pick-up, Patrick, got me and my girlfriend feeling comfortable
- Pick-up bright and early at 7:15am
- Drive to Forbidden City and across is Tiananmen Square, nice conversations and occasional insights into history, culture along the way
- Amazing walk through the Forbidden City. I've been to many palaces / castles like Versailles, Budapest, Kyoto, and nothing really compares to the grandeur and history here
- Afterwards, we went to a traditional herbal medicine academy where we got a nice foot massage NB: the water is extremely hot at first - some of our friends bought the herbal medicine
- Next was lunch - a very nice large restaurant, but to be honest, the food was too Westernized. The day before, my girlfriend and I had some local cuisine and it tasted much better. Still, this was a nice large helping, clean, and taste good
- Then we went to a pearl market. This is the only bad spot of the day. I'll go more into how these markets work later, but in short, the knowledge and history imparted here was limited, and it was too sales-y
- Finally, we went to the Summer Palace, which was still partially iced over Feb, but it was absolutely beautiful. A lot of it reminds me of West Lake near Shanghai. Also learned about the History of the Dragon Empress, the one who essentially led to the Qing Dynasty downfall due to her frivolous spending, reminds me of Marie Antoinette, except with more political manipulation
- Nice drive home past the Olympic stadiums, no getting off, just Patrick giving us more insight on Beijinger's daily life
- Again, night before, Jackson, our next guide called to chat with us in hotel, and again at 7:15am, we were picked up from hotel and set off
- The first we went to was the Ming Tombs, a dynasty highly respected by the Chinese as opposed to the Qing, which were Manchurians that conquered China, and eventually made it weak for European Imperialism. In the Ming Tombs, it was cool to walk underground into the grand tunnels, and I can only imagine how difficult it was to make over 800 years ago
- Next, we went to a jade market again, more on markets later, which was really cool to see the exquisitely detailed jade craftsmanship. After a nice lesson on the different types of jade, and how to tell real from fake jade, I wondered around and bought small jade gifts for my folks back in the US
- Then we headed out on a long drive towards the Great Wall. Upon arrival at base camp, we had a very good Chinese lunch first much better than 1st day's, and then took the lift one of the towers we also bought a sled-ride for a return trip - very worth it, more on this later
- The Great Wall is absolutely stunning. I can just imagine the Chinese trying to fend of waves of Hun invaders ultimately failed for 100's of years. I've been to a few World Wonders, and nothing compares to the massive scale, and engineering behind the Great Wall. And just looking at the endless miles of towers, I can imagine them lighting up their fires to communicate in times of danger this is where LoTR got their fire signaling from NB: some parts can be slippery in winter or after rain. Some parts are very steep it is built on a mountain ridge after all.
- The last part of the journey was to a tea shop - this is by far the best market as we sat through an educational and delightful tea preparation show. The tea was delicious, and I bought some for myself and friends
- Finally, Jackson took us all back to our respective hotels. ONE MAJOR GRATITUDE FOR JACKSON - my girlfriend forgot her gloves on the bus. I called Jackson, and after Jackson finished his work of dropping off the other tourists, he came to us by himself bus driver probably went home to deliver the gloves personally. He was so kind, and even said sorry for taking so long. My girlfriend and I were truly touched - thank you so much Jackson!!! :
Now, a quick note on the markets we went to. At first, I was a bit irked at the idea, especially the pearl market. But then I learned how driving traffic to these markets help subsidize for the tour cost. It's actually the same in Europe, big brands like LV, Gucci, Dior also subsidize Chinese flights to attract more tourism and business. And, it turned out that the herbal medicine, jade, and tea markets were all superb. I wish the pearl one was more educational and less pushy
Thank you again Patrick and Jackson! Amazing adventure!!
Great value for money. Great guides and all must do first time sites. Absolutely beautiful.
Emma United Kingdom
This tour was packed. A great value for money! Both of our guides were good, our group was small. We loved visiting the Great Wall, wish it was a nicer day so we could see clearer. We really wanted to visit another part of the wall also, but jut didn't have time. This tour covered most of the attractions of Beijing.
Great tour, covers a lot. Guides were fantastic! Highly recommend.
VCD2007 United Kingdom
This tour is a good way to see many of the sights that Beijing has to offer. Included in the tour are visits to the pearl and jade factory shops, I felt this was not worthwhile and we had to stay for a certain amount of time, even when everyone had completed their purchases we still had to hang around, it was a waste of time, this time could be better spent on one of the bigger attractions. Not too much to see at the Underground Palace, instead more time at the Great Wall would be a better option. The tour is run efficiently and on time, expect an early start but you get to see some amazing sights.
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