Here is a selection of the most recent reviews of the Private Custom Tour: Beijing in One Day submitted by actual travelers. Read what travelers liked, what they loved, and what they thought could be improved.
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This was the best way to see the sights of Beijing easily... We went to both the Great Wall at Badaling and the Summer Palace. Our guide was informative, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Highly Recommend!Reviewed by: JennyC, USA, December 2013
We started at Tiananmen Square and then went through the Forbidden City. Our guide, Christina was very good. From there, we caught a cab and went out to the Summer Palace. On the way back we stopped at the Olympic Site to see the Birdcage and the swin cube. Went throught the Silk Museum, which was interesting, but ended with a sales pitch hawking all the silf goods. We did buy some nice silk products, prices were reasonable.
This was a really good way to get to know the city and learn a lot about the history of China.Reviewed by: john t, November 2013
We gave our guide the spots we wanted to see- Summer Palace, Rickshaw rides to Hutongs,Temple of heaven and wanted to go to a good local place for lunch- she took us to a place that was the worst place we ate at during our trip, and made ha pay for her meal. Our guides's English was also not good.Reviewed by: hlim371292, October 2013
Firstly, had issues with being picked up from a nearby hotel (guide said he didn't know where it was and therefore wouldn't meet us there but rather at another hotel further away. After negotiations with his manager, this was resolved.
On the day of the tour, the guide was knowledgeable, but mostly about the benefits of other hotels. We would rather have been told about the culture and history more of this city. He did however help us with locating an ATM from which we could withdraw money as this was an issue for us in several ATMs we tried.
The Forbidden Palace section was probably the most enjoyable and the guide was very patient. However, the rest of the tour (Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square) was rushed and not worthwhile. Did not really get a good understanding and had to retrospectively look this up.
The main issue for us was at lunch (we spent just under 2 hours finding an appropriate restaurant. We wanted authentic Chinese food however, we also wanted to know what we were eating - 2 of the restaurants we went to had no English menus and a third restaurant was serving "real, authentic" local food which we really couldn't stomach such as Sea Cucumber and other delicacies). We eventually found somewhere suitable which served local food, had English menus and also was in a suitable price range - make sure you can go somewhere where the guide can eat too unless you are paying for them to dine - we didn't think it was value for money as once the taxis and entrance fees added up on top of the tip.Reviewed by: Ravi S, October 2013
Terrible, terrible, terrible. Words can not express how bad this was.Reviewed by: Perry H, October 2013