Here is a selection of the most recent reviews of the Beijing Essential Full-Day Tour including Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square submitted by actual travelers. Read what travelers liked, what they loved, and what they thought could be improved.
We had Mike on our tour and it was fantastic. Remember, you will be stopping by a Jade Factory, Silk Museum, and Tea House, so if you aren't into all that then this is not your tour. All three will try to sell you expensive products afterwards, however, the tea is pretty neat and seems to be worth the money. The food at the Jade Factory is nothing special, so you may want to bring a snack. Mike is really knowledgeable, speaks great English, and we all had a blast. The Great Wall is absolutely incredible, but be ready for a serious hike. Finally, the tour involves driving out of the city which will certainly lead to sitting in traffic. Be prepped for an all day event.Reviewed by: Philip N, April 2013
Great tour, very friendly and knowledgeable guide. Highly recommend this tour!!!Reviewed by: Deanne D, March 2013
The tour was evenly paced and thoroughly enjoyable. Our guide Jason was very knowledgable and spoke excellent English. I was recommend this to anyone who had limited time in Beijing but wanted to do the essential must see sites.Reviewed by: guccibutterfly, February 2013
Overall, a good tour if you have limited time in Beijing. It's nice having a driver to take you to the sites, and a guide who can point out interesting facts. You have plenty of time at the Wall, but the Forbidden City might be a bit rushed. The Jade Factory / Tea Shop are ok, and you will get hassled to buy something. Lunch was good.
Good value for the money, but again, only if you have limited time in Beijing.Reviewed by: Tom V, March 2013
Tour was great, our guide was informative and funny. The Great Wall was amazing (must go again in spring time). Forbidden city and Tiananmen Square was an experience. No waiting in lines for passes, transport or security. Went to a silk house and tea house, interesting, but they try to sell things.Reviewed by: Michele, January 2013