Private Custom Tour: Beijing in One Day - Reviews

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abuangulo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

great guide. very professional and knowledgeable. we enjoyed every minute of this tour.

Lady in Pink United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

We again arranged this individual tour thru Viator and fortunately we got William from our first tour of Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, etc. They way it works for individual tour, William met us at the hotel and we told him what we had already seen and what did he recommend. You pay his way as well as yours to the attractions or restaurants. We told him what we had already seen and said we wanted to see the Pandas. He took us to the zoo by subway. Again William was informative, was patient with us with our questions and an overall joy to be with. He was a wealth of information and proud to explain about his country's history and accomplishments. After the zoo we went to the old Beijing where he booked us a rickshaw ride while he narrated on a rental bike from the street. We entered a house of one of the inhabitants who was so proud to show how he lived. He obtained tickets for us for the Circus which was colorful and amazing. He stayed with us the whole time and ensured we enjoyed ourselves and returned us to our hotel. It was a wonderful experience traveling through the different modes of transport with no worries. We met many folks who just wanted to take their photo with Americans. I would highly recommend Viator's individual tour if you can get William.

Faye B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Excellent tour guide.

Jim S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

gail was wonderful, customized everything to our needs...

lcleve

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Our tour guide was great. Started out seeing the pandas at the zoo than traveled to summer Palace.
Her English was easy to understand.and gave us history on the Summer palace. Unfortunately my husband
became ill and we had to go back early to the hotel. She was very kind to my husband and very caring. would highly recommend, Linda

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Our guide, William, met us at the agreed upon time and was our buddy for the day. No other way to describe it. He's there for whatever you need and has a ton of knowledge to share on both the history and current state of China. Great day of sightseeing and conversation!

Gina S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Tour guide was very respectful, knowledgeable, flexible, and patient. He did take me to the places I wanted to visit and recommended additional places for shopping and gifts. Some of the shops were pushed a little but I only did what I really wanted to do and spent time where I wanted to go. I always knew were my guide was and felt safe traveling alone as a female. I highly recommend the to add the car ad driver to have more time or more places to visit. The price for it was very reasonable. I highly recommend this over the rigid tour because it gives so much more to your interests with the time you have in the location.

Curtis J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

I highly recommend using this tour because its not rushed like more organized tours. Your able to pick and choose where you want to go and see in a more relaxed setting. I highly recommend our tour guide coralin Li. She was was excellent!!!! We told her what we wanted to see and go and she planned it out and offer suggestions to places that not even offered in the excursion section. However you'll have to pay for a driver and fees to get into the tours. But its worth it!! Your not sitting on a bus with 40 other people. Try this! I don't think you'll be disappointed. Remember should you booked this tour asked for coralin LI.

Nirvana S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

Great choice! Just be aware that you will be responsible for transportation for both you and your guide. However, Beijing has a fantastic subway system. Also, our guide was able to call cabs through the Chinese Uber-type system, in which we just paid her back.
With this tour we were able to see all of the things we wanted to see, and avoid the sites that didn't interest us. Also, we were able to move at our own pace and choose our own foods to eat. Having a guide in China is a must since many people do not speak English. Our guides were super helpful!

Shimaali G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

This was the BEST thing I did! I had actually booked a tour through another company that was a disaster. I booked this tour less than 24 hours before it began and Cora Lin delivered beyond my wildest expectations. When booking I mentioned what we had not seen so Cora Lin tailored the day for us. We visited the Hutongs, Temple of Heaven and Bahi Park. The rickshaw ride at the Hutongs combined with a visit to a local family and seeing the unique glass bottle paintings were fun but then we also visited the Bell and Drum Tower. While at the drum tower we had the added bonus of watching a drum performance. Cora also took us to a local restaurant for a Hot Pot lunch of lamb stew that was delicious. She was informative, her English was fluent and we could totally understand her and she filled us in on Chinese history and really connected the places of interest with her culture and heritage. Thank you Viator!

new

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

Our guide Jackie Lee was helpful, knowl dgable and incredibly knowledgable. We attend d all th main tourist attractions but Jackie knew how to avoid the crowded enterences and back ways. Lunch with our group was fun as was the entire day touring in Beijing.

Judith S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

I found this tour worked very well for our family group of 4. We wanted flexibility as we didn't know what we might feel like doing when I booked ahead. I liked the sound of paying as you go for costs, and many reviewers mentioned they thought they saved money that way. I would agree having seen the cost of lots of day tours. So, how did it work? Having booked on Viator, I actually did phone through to China to make sure I had reached a 'real person. I had. That person was Wendy Z. of Han Tang Tours. She was also easily reachable via email.
I requested the guide William because he had such favourable mentions on Trip Advisor and Viator Reviews! They were surprised I requested a particularly guide, but I'm glad I did. 24 hours ahead I called the above phone number and in a few moments William's called me to discuss the next day arrangements. William turned up at our downtown hotel and with William we worked out that we were comfortable catching public transport. So we caught a combination of City Metro very easy and I do recommend! The touch screen for tickets has an English option and it's a great metro network, and a taxi when needed 20 Yuan a ride. We paid for Williams fares along with ours - not a problem. William knew exactly where to take us to avoid queue issues, and handled the entry ticket purchases at Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven as an official guide he did not need to pay for entry I don't think. Make sure you take your PASSPORT as that is needed for ID. William was a fount of information. Being minus zero temperatures we probably kept moving and did not want to go too slowly. Between the two sites, William knew where to take us for lunch which we really enjoyed - a novel food court where you purchase 100 or whatever you need Yuan on a ticket then your dishes get debited off this, and you receive a refund immediately if any left. Typical Chinese inventiveness! After the Temple of Heaven we were pretty tired and cold and William suggested a warm-up tea -ceremony at a place he knew. We loved that. No charge for the ceremony and the guide told us all about teas etc. Of course we wanted to buy some teas, but there was no pressure. William recommended some other things we could do, that he could arrange, but our group was happy with the day to finish a bit early and we came back to the hotel at 4:00pm And William is a very nice guy - totally recommend him to you all!

Richard E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

William was great. I am confident that he saved us more money than he cost. He negotiated deals for us on whatever we wanted to do and steered us clear of any problems. He was knowledgeable and easy going. His English was excellent and he got us off the beaten path. Highly recommend it.

Gavin D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

Tour guide was very knowledgeable and even added extra things to my custom tour itinerary that I hadn and #39;t originally asked for.

Richard W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

I had a great time on this private tour. It was really nice being able to customize my itinerary and see 3 of Beijing's great attractions without feeling rushed. My tour guide was fantastic and knowledgeable.

Lisag88

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Excellent. I couldn't have been happier with Cherry. She was our private guide for two days - she showed us all over Beijing, educated us on Chinese culture, helped us choose the right restaurants, convert our money and bargain for souvenirs. What I loved the most is she took a lot of our photos so I was actually in them too! We saw the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Hutongs...we didn't miss a thing! I highly recommend a private guide and driver especially if you have a limited amount of time!

Alexander L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Our guide was so knowledgeable and she took us to see people singing
in the park and doing acrobatics and she took great photos of us!!

Bradford B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

This was a classic get to see the main sights of Beijing tour. Michael did a fine job and was pleasant to be with. Informative, he spoke English well and was easy to understand. He could have helped us interact with the locals some as they were very interested in my family and tried to communicate with us. But he wasn't too interested in translating or at least just letting us know what they wanted or why they were so interested in us until we asked him. At the Forbidden City we didn't go with the main crowds walking down the middle, instead we were off to the right and had a touristy photo at a stand. It was a lot of fun. At the Summer Palace I thought we were to take a ride on the dragon boat again touristy but looked like fun and a chance to rest but we didn't. This would have completed a great day for the family.

Carlos V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

William was an awesome Tour Guide! Loved the personalized attention. Would recommend this tour to anyone who has limited time in Beijing and wants a personal tour of the city.

Jamie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Goo did a great job of getting my family of four around Beijing by metro. He was informative, easy to understand and flexible with where we wanted to go. I really like the private tours for my family and we could eat where we wanted. We had fantastic Peking duck at the end of our day. Not sure we would have found the restaurant on our own.

Melissa A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Great way to spend the day in Beijing! my tour guide Coraline was fantastic and very flexible in accommodating my requests for the sights we visited, as well as very knowledgable about the history of Beijing and details on every place we visited. Highly recommend!

nadia_28syc

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Cherry was awesome and very knowledgeable, patient and understanding. Her English is great.Also she is a lot of fun to be around.

Lori T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

William is the best guide ever. We walked 12.5 miles in 1 day. We saw everything and he was so knowledgeable and a lot of fun. I wish they would have given me him the next day too. Thank you William.

Susan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Our guide Cynthia was absolutely amazing, and she made sure we saw a lot of things in one day! We were taken to see Tiananmen square, the Forbidden City, the Drum and Bell Towers, took a rickshaw around the Hutongs, and the Temple of Heaven. We were also taken to a silk factory, where we were shown how silk is harvested and used to make materials. Although we did a lot in one day, we weren't rushed at all and we were able to take our time looking around each place. Cynthia was very good at speaking English, and she was able to tell us a lot of history and information about each of the attractions. We walked or used public transport to get to each place - even the taxis in Beijing are very cheap, so this wasn't an issue!

Tania T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Excellent. My guide cindy did a wonderfull job. She is a very experienced tour guide. She arranged the tour exactly to our requirements and was proud and happy to show us Beijing - which is an amazing city.

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