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Tour guide was very good and knowledgeable. Made the experience very worthwhile. Felt that we were going back in time and experiencing life in the Forbidden City. Well done! Ask why the lions at the entrance of the Emperors Palace have floppy ears pointing down?
Cynthia was a well informed and really helpful guide. She took lots of photos of us and was great at explaining things.
We had a great experience. The other people who were supposed to be with us cancelled so it was basically a private tour. Our guide was very informative and spoke great English. Very convenient with hotel pick-up and drop-off, avoid all lines and makes the entire experience awesome and easy. Highly recommend and great value!
Don't forget to bring your passport! Covered a lot within a small group. Usual souvenir stops and western style Chinese food.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, William! We had a fabulous day with our guide and driver more like a personal chauffeur, and we covered the main parts of Beijing with a few additions thrown in along the way. William's English is superb and he described the history of the sites and the wider China with such eloquence that it helped us to understand the people and the country, setting up the rest of our trip perfectly. Beijing is a truly amazing city but it's jewels were brought to life by William. By the end of the day we felt as though we'd made a true friend in William and a life-long admiration for Beijing. If there were six stars, we'd still give it top marks! Thank you William.
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Well worth seeing for the price. We were fortunate enough to have William as a guide who maneuvered us through thousands of Chinese who were paying their respects to Chairman Mao's mausoleum. It would be nice to see as many US Americans visit their historical sights and better understand where the came from and where we are today. William was informative, patient and answered all our questions. There were only 7 passengers, the driver and our guide on a minibus, so it was comfortable and we could spend one on one time with the guide. The driver was amazing as he managed our way thru the humungous traffic jams in Beijing. Would high recommend this tour.
This day trip was exactly as I expected and as advertised. Our guide Jacky was informative and comical making the event even more fun.
It was really good, the tour guide did a great job!
The guide spoke very good English and was able to answer a variety of questions about historical Chinese sites and modern culture. The tour was non-stop for the entire day, going from big sight to sight. I enjoyed the fast-pace but can understand why some may enjoy a slower pace. If so I recommend doing a tour with a shorter itinerary. There was a lot of walking but by no means an excessive/unreasonable amount. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the privacy it offered it was only me and one other guest which made it a very personal experience. Be careful though as a couple stops on the tour Silk factory, Tea House, and Pearl Market are somewhat 'built' to extract money out of you. As in, the informative portions of these stops were relatively short in comparison to the amount of time given to shop. However, it's very easy to simply decline to buy anything.
Everything about the visit was excellent. From the contact with the tour guide to confirm pick up location and time to the delivery back at our hotel was a very good experience.
William, our guide for the day was very knowledgeable about the history and traditions of the Palaces that we visited and Tiananmen Square. He gave us information about an area then gave us time to take our photos before moving onto the next section. The amount of time in each area was about right, we didn't feel rushed or wish we were moving along at a faster pace. The buffet style lunch at a local restaurant was very nice and timed to perfection as a large coach party arrived 15 minutes after us.
We were in a small group of 4 which made the trip more manageable than walking in a large group. Security was heightened at Tiananmen Square as the Congress was meeting but William knew this and made sure we had our passports with us for inspection before entering the Square.
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