We were in Beijing for 6 days and used 3 of them to basically cover everything you'd want to see with this Sightseeing package. The key to any good sightseeing venture is for it to be informative with history, culture and significance; for it to be convenient in a crowded city like Beijing; and for it to be good value for money so you don' have to spend all your time booking tickets and waiting in lines. This was all of that plus more. We had a wonderful tour guide in Dana, a young worldly traveler herself, and she knew all the history you could ask. Unlike some tours we took in Asia, her English was perfect. They also provided a spacious van which was a lifesaver for getting around, all the water we could drink, and knew all the tips and tricks on where to park, walk and get picked up. They also accommodated us with really good restaurants to eat great lunches at over those three days. We also had wonderful conversations on topics like educational systems, social security systems, recent events, some politics and religion and just life in general in China compared to other countries. It was all so informative and even my teenage kids learned a lot from Dana. She was great at having all the tickets in advance, getting us through lines quickly, knowing exactly where to go, where to stop, where to get photos and even which bathrooms would be the best to use. It was a life saver given we were a family of 5 with 3 teenagers. Depending on what we had planned for the day the days would start at either 7:30 or 8:30 and we would typically get back to the hotel around 4pm. It's a lot to get in to a day so on one of our free days we knocked off the Zoo prior to the tour since that would require a lot of walking around and time to see. We also shortened one day by knocking off one of the neighborhood tours as many of the craft/souvenir neightborhoods are essentially the same. I would highly recommend using WikiBeijing as they are highly organized, knowledgeable and speak very clear and good English. In terms of value for money, I don't think you can beat it and you certainly can't organize the days like they did and get everything in for you. Highly Recommended!
I recently traveled to Beijing with my two young adult children. Booking the tour was easy the choices we were given included all the sights and activities we wanted. It was great having a private driver and English-speaking tour guide Angie was excellent. I received a text the day I arrived confirming pickup at our hotel and all went well from that point on. Angie was an informative guide we could ask her anything about the City, monuments or activities. She shared with us insights and suggestion on local places to eat and shop and her recommendation to Da Dong for authentic Peking Duck was spot on! She took us to a private luncheon near the Mutianyu Great Wall no Subway sandwich for us and accompanied us to another lunch where we enjoyed traditional hot pot. On our third and final day, we were a bit fatigued and had some bad weather snow! so she modified the day's activities per our request which we appreciated. I would highly recommend Angie and WikiBeijing to anyone wanting a comprehensive, safe, informative 3-day tour of Beijing.
This tour was amazing!! There are so many places to see so we selected the custom combo tour through WikiBeijing. The booking process was very easy and the variety of sights was wonderful. There was something for everyone in our group of six.
This was our itinerary: Mutianyu Great Wall, Tian’anmen Square and Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Dragon Boat, Dingling Tomb and Sacred Way, Temple of Heaven, Beijing Zoo, Lama Temple, 798 Art District, Nanluoguxiang and Dashilar.
From the first moment when we met Angie and Mr. Cao we were impressed. They were early for our scheduled pick up, which is always a relief for me. In fact, they were there early every day. The traffic in Beijing city is beyond words. Mr. Cao navigated us safely to and from every destination and was there patiently waiting as we finished with each sight. Angie and Mr. Cao were in perfect sync and the three days of ten sights was a huge task in which they executed perfectly! The small bus was very spacious, well maintained and drove very well and they provided water at all the right moments!
Angie was so gracious with her time as well as patient with the varying speeds and interests of our group. Her knowledge of the Beijing and Chinese history was fantastic. Her English is wonderful and she is so personable and enjoyable to be around. The facts and statistics she knows are very informative and current. She helped us with dinner reservations and pointed us towards all the best local restaurants and shops throughout Beijing. As we shared with her our afternoon and evening plans she helped us with the Metro and tips for the train station during Spring Holiday and so much more. By the end of our three days with Angie it felt like we were with family. She will forever have a special place in our hearts and we will definitely request Angie again for our next trip to China.
Amazing! Highly recommended! Serena and Helen were excellent guides! We also definitely appreciated Helen's additional stories and historical footnotes you wont otherwise hear about with other groups/guides!
The team are very accommodating and cognizant of our interest with respect to making sure we are still able to get the full value and best of the itineraries. We felt the tours were very personal and the guides were knowledgeable and answered our questions.
Our tour guide Angie gave us some amazing information on the areas that we had decided to visit. She even went out of her way to help us with translating, great restaurants and even showing us at our hotel how to get help to do our laundry! Overall amazing experience and would love to do again!
We were thrilled with our experience with this tour. If you find the detailed information about the tour and destinations helpful, please leave a helpful vote so others can find this easily as well.
We were a bit hesitant to book this onedue to the newness of the option, but it was so flexible we were able to choose all of our Must Dos as well as fit in some additional sights.
The tour company themselves were great to work with. There were some differences between what we were trying to book and our first itinerary, however with one email it was changed within 30 minutes.
They were incredibly responsive and accommodating.
Our tour guide was Maria. She was great. Her English was excellent, she was on time every day and very personable. I think we might have liked a bit more information about some of the history of some of the locations. Not just when it was built, but also what part the places had in history and what important events occurred there. Maybe there werent any at the places we chose, but or future tours, that is only thing our family can come up with that would add to the experience.
We had two different drivers and both were very good. We felt safe and well taken care of for the entire tour. The driver went out of his way to get us close to most of the sites. The guide/driver/tour company had to make a few changes to the original itinerary to accommodate some international dignitary meetings that were occurring in Beijing. Several of the roads were blocked off at certain times of the day, so they adapted and routed us around those so we didnt miss anything or waste too much time sitting in traffic.
I dont think you will get a better tour anywhere. Following are the details of our particular tour.. but again, its very flexible, so you dont have to follow this format.
Day 1 Ming Tombs and Scared Way/Lunch/Mutianyu section of the Great Wall
The GW was supposed to be first, but the road was blocked so we went to the Ming Tombs and SW to start.
The SW was beautiful and worth choosing this option on the tour. Lots of lovely photo opportunities. The Ming Tomb Dingling is the only one open was unremarkable. Since we were there, I suppose it was with saying we've been there, but I wouldn't ever recommend making it a priority. I'd still pick this option just for the Sacred Way.
We had lunch at Home of the Great Wall. It was delicious. The rice was as expensive as the main, but overall a great value when you factor in the view.
Mutianyu - Wear good shoes, bring water, an umbrella for shade if you can, sun screen, hats and snacks. There are snacks and foot at the entrance, but they are well over reasonably exorbitant... like 8 for a scoop of ice cream. Be sure to get the chair lift up and toboggan ride down. WELL worth the money and really fun. Once at the wall you can go right or left. Apparently going left is easier and flatter.. and you can go further. We chose to go right which was more exciting with the best views. We all made it up to the top/end.. station 1. There were pretty flat sections but a few really steep sections as well. My fit bit said it was 70 flights. My 7 year old was ok with some breaks.. and I needed the breaks first .. ha! I didn't ever go to other side, but we would do the section we did again in a heartbeat. It was amazing. We went on the next to last week of May. Although there were other people on the wall, we had no problems getting plenty of pics with no one else in them.
Maria went up a couple of stations with us and then let us go the rest of the way on our own.
Although I know there was a preference to get back to the car and get on our way to avoid rush hour, Maria was patient while we looked at souvenirs and take some additional pictures.
Day 2 - Again due to some road closures we changed up our itinerary to avoid delays and make the most of our time. We went to the Forbidden City, Panda House at the Beijing Zoo, Summer Place, then Tian'anmen Square.
The Forbidden City - BY FAR the most crowded place we went. Really, it was crazy getting in. Maria was able to get us through the line and security in one piece and once we were inside it opened up tolerable levels again. The FC is interesting but kind of stark with no trees and little shade. You aren't allowed into a good portion of it, and what you can get to, you aren't allowed inside. I think it's worth seeing once for sure. NOTE FOR PARENTS - keep an eye on your kids, especially if they are fair or have something other than brown eyes. At the end of the day I don't think anyone meantbe threatening or anything like that, however MANY times probably 10, which is a lot when it's freaking you out people would just grab Alex and pull him away to take a picture with him.At first Alex was scared as the people didn't askfirst. After Maria explained that some of the people from the more remote places in China would never see a foreig