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An amazing day! James was wonderful, and I highly recommend him. He was able to readjust things on the fly, as traffic conditions can be unpredictable. He knew so much about the history, and his English was very good. Forbidden City was much larger than we thought, and it was super hot nearly 100 degrees. James was very patient with us, and allowed us to go at a pace that was comfortable. The Acrobatic Show was unlike anything I'd ever seen before. Really a lot of fun. The silk factory was interesting, and had more than silk available to buy. Peking Duck dinner was a great way to end a long day.
As you can tell by reading the description of this tour, there is a lot to do! However, one of the great benefits of doing the private tour is that you can pick and choose where to spend your time. For example, my family decided to spend a lot of time at the Summer Palace and cut the tea ceremony entirely. We also cut down on the amount of time we spent at the Peking duck dinner.
Our tour guide, James, was fantastic. I went on this tour with my wife and four-year-old son. There were during the tours when our son became a little bored. James would offer to watch our son while my wife and I would go and spend a little extra time looking at some monuments, architecture, etc. James was very knowledgeable about the history of the places we visited, and Beijing in general. In fact, we enjoyed James's services so much we hired him for an additional tour the next day.
I highly recommend this tour. But, I suggest spending a little time with your tour guide at the start of the day discussing how you want to spend your time, and what you might want to cut out from the day.
This tour was worth every penny. My husband and I wanted to find a tour that encompassed a lot of the different things we wanted to see, so I figured we should give this one a shot. Our guide called the night before to confirm that she would be picking us up promptly at 830 the next morning. I cannot for the life of me remember her name but she was AMAZING. Her english was very clear and her help with translating was ridiculously helpful. Because of some local political things happening, we did have to switch up which place we were going to first but it wasn't a big deal at all. She took us to the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, a lunch buffet, an amazing acrobatic show, and then to a dinner after the show where she selected a few different things for us to eat that she thought we would enjoy, as well as the famous peking duck. Any time that we had questions she was able to answer them and would tell us different facts about each site we went to. I'm very glad that we chose this tour because it was nice having the one on one experience instead of being in such a large crowd of other tourists. I would highly recommend this to anyone thinking of booking!
Our guide was just the sweetest ever. We had a fantastic day wondering around and she knew so much info. And they were so helpful and accommodating when my husband got sick. We couldn't have asked for a better guide
This was a great day. I like to be busy and see and do a lot in a short amount of time. So this tour was great for us.
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