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This was a fabulous trip. Our tour guide, William, really took the time to make it a special experience. We had crazy weather with snow so our plans were deterred and our return flight to Shanghai was cancelled. We felt no stress and William and the tour company took care of everything. Even down to him running around the airport and staying with us until we were completely set on our new flight. He asked us what was a must so we did get The Great Wall and it was magnificent covering in snow. Despite low temperatures we had an awesome experience and would highly rec this tour if you only have one day to get to The Great Wall Don't miss it!
A long day but well worthwhile. The Forbidden City, Tiamen Square and the Great Wall all live up to the high expectation I had. Thee guide was excellent - Friendly , informative and professional. Air delays into and out of Shanghai mar the tour.
I booked this tour for my 15 year old daughter and me not really knowing what to expect. However, from the Lobby call to the pre-processed airport checkin we were surprised how smoothly everything went. The meeting at Beijing continued the flow and we were continually surprised and delighted the day ahead. The history of Beijing combined with the hospitality if our English speaking guide and his capable driver made this one of the most memorable days of our trip. If you love history and want to make the most if a wonderful day out we certainly recommend this tour. A fantastic day that will stay in our memories for a long time to come.
If you only have a day, take this tour! We were very lucky with the weather and our guide was really fantastic. Be prepared to walk, we covered a lot of territory in one day. The only weak point was lunch at the Jade shop. If you're a foodie, this is disappointing. However, I'll bet you can get your guide to go to a more interesting stop for lunch if you have an adventurous appetite.
It was well worth doing and Jason was an excellent guide and so was his driver.
Excellent organization. Great guide and driver. Pick up from hotel on time. Superb itinerary. Highly recommend.
Was picked up by guide at hotel lobby. Were driven to airport where he guided us through line to pick up boarding passes and got us to security.
Met at other end by cheerful, friendly guide who took us to van.
First stop was a government owned silk factory. Fairly interesting but the hard sell to buy a comforter was annoying. The scarf prices were better than Silk King and quality was good so grabbed one.
Then on the Forbidden City. This MUST be experienced to be believed. Photos cannot convey the awesome scale of the place. Guide had good information and helped us find a calendar in one of the onsite shops.
Then in the van to the jade factory for a really mediocre lunch bring your own snacks!
The real hard sell came in the enormous but empty store where the manager could focus his whole attention on us. Nothing interested us but he REALLY wanted to sell us something. Sorry, no sale.
Then a very short ride to the mountains outside the city to the wall.
The wall is....steep. Breathtaking....literally. Wear comfy shoes and be ready for a workout. But worth every moment.
The views are stunning and we had great luck to have clear air after a week earlier Red alert smog days don't know what would have happened if that was our tour day as airports and highways were closed
From there we were dropped at the curb not taken to the gates
There is no way we could have managed this day on our own.
We have had the cousin-in-law tequila factory/souvenir stops in Mexico as well so that's the price one has to pay for the service.
The language barrier makes China more challenging than other countries as well so a guide is almost a necessity. Went to Souzhou on our own and just buying train tickets was an adventure NO English signs in Souzhou station!
Will continue to use Viator as tour company of choice!
Highly recommended although seemed quite expensive for a day. Both Maria the guide and the drivers were excellent, and I manages to see the Great Wall, a jade factory, the Olympic Park and the Forbidden City all in one day. I was taken to the airport far too early but I do understand that Beijing traffic can be very temperamental.
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